“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.”Lionel Hampton “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”Marcel Proust Maybe the simplest and most effortless habit for living a happier life is to take one or a
“To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”Henry David Thoreau “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”Robert Louis Stevenson Some days are great, better than you would have expected when you rolled out of the bed in the morning. Quite a few
“Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.” ~Daphne Rose Kingma One of the most challenging things in life is knowing when to let go—when to let go of a job, a relationship, a belief, a repeating thought, a situation… fill in the blank. Most of
“Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.” ~Eckhart Tolle As a special-needs parent, it feels that I am in constant anger and fight mode. I am fighting with my children on the home front. I am fighting for their right to get access to services. I am fighting for their acceptance. I am
“We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life, but we can control how we respond.” ~Lionel Kendrick The coronavirus is no longer isolated to just China. It’s here, affecting over ninety countries, and it continues to spread worldwide with new cases popping up daily. It’s all over the news and there is an inescapable sense of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty.
“Self-care is how you take your power back.” ~Lalah Delia Self-care is not a bubble bath. I mean, it might be, if you’re the kind of person who feels like they’re committing a mortal sin by allowing themselves to wade in hot water with a candle or a book for twenty minutes alone. If that’s
I mean, hungry allll the time. Basically, if I was awake, I was ready to eat. I’d mindlessly pick at whatever was available. I’d wander the kitchen feeling “snacky” all the time. I’d be completely consumed with thoughts of what I was going to eat next from the minute I woke up til the minute
“My life isn’t perfect, but it does have perfect moments.” ~Unknown Practice was over, the hot Florida sun was settling in behind the tall bleachers, casting golden rays onto the track. Behind me was my dear school, engulfed in beautiful palm trees. “California Girls” was playing through the speakers, and I was laughing with friends
“Forgive yourself for not knowing better at the time. Forgive yourself for giving away your power. Forgive yourself for past behaviors. Forgive yourself for the survival patterns and traits you picked up while enduring trauma. Forgive yourself for being who you needed to be.” ~Audrey Kitching You can try it all—exercise, a bubble bath, a
“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ~Ernest Hemingway When I was in my early twenties, I was in a relationship with a man who abused me emotionally and psychologically for many months. It turned out I was his first serious
The path IS the goal. The process is more important than the result. Life is a journey, not a destination. There are three very common, some might say cheesy and clichéd sayings you may hear when it comes to taking action to reach your goals. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes already, and
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” ~Lucille Ball If you were to ask me ten years ago what self-love meant, I would’ve probably said something general like “being happy.” But self-love goes way deeper than that; it involves accepting the past versions of yourself and your present challenges, while giving yourself credit for
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir Somewhere, stashed away in my collection of childhood memories, I recall having this small deck of cards with random, uplifting activities on them. I don’t remember how they journeyed
Hi friends! Since I know many of you are passionate about mindfulness and meditation and creating a more peaceful world, I’m excited to share that Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach are accepting applications for their next two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certificate Program. Though it’s primarily an online learning experience—which means you can participate from anywhere
“Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you.” ~Wayne Dyer When I married my ex, he had the potential to be a fantastic husband. If I’m to be honest with you, that’s why I married him—I
“Agreeing to things just to keep the peace is actually a trauma response. When you do this you’re disrespecting your boundaries.” ~DJ Love Light Two years ago, I moved from New England to the Pacific Northwest. It was time for a change, and though I was excited to begin a new chapter of my life,
“That girl was fat, and I hate her.” One of my clients said this the other day—about herself. Well, her little girl self. And my heart broke. One of the very first things I do with clients is encourage them to practice self-compassion and kindness—just extending themselves the same basic human compassion and kindness that
“You could have grown cold, but you grew courageous instead. You could have given up, but you kept on going. You could have seen obstacles, but you called them adventures. You could have called them weeds, but instead you called them wildflower. You could have died a caterpillar, but you fought on to be a
“Time and good friends are two things that get more valuable the older you get.” ~Unknown In recent years, we’ve collectively been talking a lot about creating boundaries and letting go of things that no longer serve us. Many of us have gotten better at permitting ourselves to say no and to escape old habits
“The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.”~Thomas Merton, No Man is an Island. Have you ever noticed how with certain couples love and affection flow so naturally?
“The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become.” ~Unknown I work for a website that creates videos on lifestyle, fashion, food, travel, fitness, and more. Our channel has a massive following from all walks of life, and we receive a lot of love but also a bit of hate.
“The beauty of the truth; whether it is good or bad, it is liberating.” ~Paulo Coelho It’s around the time of your mother or father’s birthday. You browse through the card aisles of your local store getting more and more frustrated because you cannot relate to any of the cards you read. You eventually pick
A woman struggles to tell her boss that no, she won’t work overtime for the third day this week. A man feels resentful in his relationship because he always gives, and his partner always takes. A woman wants to stop faking pleasure in the bedroom but doesn’t know how. Though their stories differ, these folks
“Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.” ~Don Miguel Ruiz Online dating and dating apps have revolutionized the experience of dating
“An enemy is a person whose story you do not know.” ~Irene Butter We all know the status of our currently hostile nation—it feels as though you can’t make it through a single speech or read an article or engage in a conversation with friends that doesn’t somehow touch on polarizing topics or divisive politics.
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” Brené Brown Growing up I watched my grandparents’ relationship with longing. They anticipated each other’s needs, they did small loving gestures for each other every day, and they put the other fist without resentment. I longed to have
“Picture a pattern of upright dominoes that have been positioned just far enough away from one other to highlight the gap between them, but just close enough to hit each other if one of them tips over. Hit a single domino and it sets off a chain reaction. Oftentimes, our own actions, reactions and counter-reactions,
“You are not a mess. You are a feeling person in a messy world.” ~Glennon Doyle Milton I have suffered with some type of anxiety for as long as I can remember. The stomach aches at age five. Trips to the specialist, always coming back with no known cause. The feelings in grade school of
“Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone—we find it with another.” ~Thomas Merton Seth: When Aria and I decided to devote a year to encouraging one another in our mindfulness practice, we couldn’t have known what those twelve months had in store. I had always enjoyed
“The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” ~C.G. Jung Everyone says it. They say chemistry is a must. I know I say it. But why do we say this? What exactly is chemistry, and is it really the best indicator of a