Healing Difficult Emotions, Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Seven Things You Can Do When You Don’t Like Who You are and Want to Be Better or Someone Else

Sometimes we reflect on our life, and we don’t like who we are. We look at other people who seem to have the perfect life, and we desperately want to be them. Have you ever felt like this? If you are like most people, you probably have. I know I have. This feeling is often… Continue reading Seven Things You Can Do When You Don’t Like Who You are and Want to Be Better or Someone Else

Contemplative Practice, Healing Difficult Emotions

When We Need Wisdom and Guidance: A Contemplative Practice

Do you need more wisdom about something in your life? Do you feel confused about the right action or path to take in a certain area of your life? If so, you are not alone. All of us, at one point or another (or at many points), find ourselves in need of wisdom we do… Continue reading When We Need Wisdom and Guidance: A Contemplative Practice

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Uncategorized

Be Friends With Your Body This Summer, Part #1

This post is about how you can become friends with your body this summer. It's that time of year when we start seeing advertisements like this: Get your body beach ready. Get a bikini body fast. Whip your body into shape in time to hit the beach. Advertisements like this can make us feel like… Continue reading Be Friends With Your Body This Summer, Part #1

Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Politics and Love

You, Society, and the Good Life: Two Different Views of Success

Let’s take a minute to think about the culture we live in. There are many good things about U.S. culture and cultures like it, but one of the negative aspects of our culture is that it often encourages a hyper-individualistic view of ourselves and the world. For instance, the fast-paced, high-stakes, competitive nature of our… Continue reading You, Society, and the Good Life: Two Different Views of Success

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Uncategorized

12 Cool and Surprising Things That Happened When I Practiced Deep Breathing for a Year

If you have been following my blog, you may know that last May I began a breathing practice. I have continued my breathing practice* all year, and I have been blogging about it each month. You can read about month one here. (And there are links to the other months, too.) I knew that good… Continue reading 12 Cool and Surprising Things That Happened When I Practiced Deep Breathing for a Year

Healing Difficult Emotions, Politics and Love

How to Know if People are Treating You Badly

This post is about how to know if people are treating you badly. The Power of Love I write frequently about people becoming more powerful together by loving themselves and each other. (Love here = actions of kindness, compassion, and respect that nurture the good and heal the wounded in ourselves and others). If we… Continue reading How to Know if People are Treating You Badly

Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Month Ten and Eleven of Beautiful Breathing: Dealing with Our Shadow Side

Last May, I realized I was having problems with shallow, erratic breathing and that it was causing a lot of anxiety[1], low energy, and other problems. I began a simple breathing practice to help some of these issues. It has brought a lot of beautiful changes in my life like increased energy, the ability to… Continue reading Month Ten and Eleven of Beautiful Breathing: Dealing with Our Shadow Side

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety

I Was Bullied Yesterday–and I Stood Up for Myself

I went to walk in the forest yesterday. And unfortunately, I met some bullies. At the entrance of the trail I walk on, there is a low concrete water cistern. Some teenage boys were sitting on it as I passed by it. There is also a small creek I have to cross over right past… Continue reading I Was Bullied Yesterday–and I Stood Up for Myself