Dear Friend: Whether your holidays are wonderful or miserable, here are some peaceful thoughts for you during this time: Peace to you. ***** If you found this post helpful, please consider sharing on social media.
There is an important difference between self-esteem, dignity, and self-compassion. And this difference matters. Before I discuss this, I would like to discuss our current culture. I am concerned about our culture. There are many reasons I am concerned about it, but one of the reasons is that it is increasingly clear that many of… Continue reading Self-Esteem, Dignity, and Self-Compassion
When I was younger, I thought that if I just did everything right, my life would go smoothly; I wouldn't have any problems and people would treat me fairly; and I would generally be happy most of the time. Of course, it didn't take me long as a young adult to figure out that this… Continue reading When We Hit Bumps in Life’s Road and Crash
We often believe that if we are sad and anxious and troubled by parts of the world that there is something wrong with us. Sometimes, however, we suffer these painful feelings in response to really painful and difficult things in the world. It is important to realize in these situations that is understandable when we… Continue reading It’s Okay Not to Fit Into the Broken Parts of the World
Step #5: I asked Love to show me how to connect with it and rest in it through trust and surrender. One of the most painful feelings we have is the feeling that we are alone and that it is all up to us. We often believe that we have to figure out everything on… Continue reading Connecting With Love Through Trust and Surrender: Step Five: Seven Steps to Love (Recovering from Self-Hate).
How we treat ourselves, what we say to ourselves, and what we think about ourselves tremendously impacts us. We are the closet person to us, and so if we treat ourselves in a continually hostile or cruel manner, it can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and worthlessness. On the other hand, if we treat… Continue reading Five Ways to Be a Friend to Yourself and Why This is Important
The things you say to yourself can empower you to live more fully and beautifully, or they can wilt your spirit. You are the closest person to you, so what you say to yourself really matters. This is how our spirit feels when we say unkind things to ourselves. Here are two things you can… Continue reading What are You Saying to Yourself Today?
This post explores how you can become your own best friends and gives you some practical suggestions for doing this. It is the third post in a series. In my last two posts, I discussed how to cultivate self-love by thinking of yourself as a child you love and by speaking to yourself as you would a child… Continue reading Becoming Your Own Best Friend
In my last post, I discussed the first way we can cultivate self-love, which is to think of ourselves as a little child. Just like children need love, encouragement, care, and compassion to flourish, we also need these things. Think of yourself like a little child who needs love and nurturing to flourish. This leads… Continue reading Using Loving Affirmations to Cultivate Self-Love
I recently had an adventure in the airport, and it all started because of a book. One day I was reading, and I read the phrase, “Be willing to receive good things.” Two things happened. First, I got very uncomfortable because historically, I have not been good at receiving things from people—gifts, compliments, help, you… Continue reading Be Willing: The Day a Total Stranger Gave me Earrings in the Airport