Our house sits at the end of a long, straight country road in a semi-rural area.
Every morning on my way out for the day, I pass one of our neighbors who walks the road after her child boards the school bus. I can see her from a half mile away walking towards my end of the road (and I know she can see me too).
I get ready to offer the same smile and wave that I extend at our passing each morning.
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. – Natalie Goldberg
Have you ever seen a 9-year-old boy throwing knives at his baby sister?
Strangely, I have.
Now, once you’ve had a justifiable rant about ‘kids shouldn’t throw knives’, especially at cute little girls, sister or not, here’s what I noticed…
The little girl wasn’t stressed at all.
“Self-care is never a selfish act—it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” ~ Parker Palmer
You’ve heard all the good advice out there about how important self-love is.
You’re constantly being told that you have to exercise, eat right, meditate, pursue your interests,
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus
“Do you want some more?”
Seems a dumb question, doesn’t it?
The answer is of course, it depends what the ‘more’ is. More of what, exactly?
Of course you’d enjoy more money to buy more cool stuff,
Holiday stressors can ruin the festive season for you.
The holidays offer precious time to enjoy food, time off, and people we love.
But the magic of the season can turn to stress when we find ourselves around the person we avoid all year long, or panicking over gifts, or with our digestion in a funk from too many cookies and cocktails.
Use these tips to overcome holiday stressors and enjoy the festive season.
It happened again.
You tried to stop yourself. You wish you hadn’t said it. And, yet, despite all your best efforts, you lost it once again.
You know better. You know you should be more “spiritual” and not allow others to push your buttons or disturb your peace. But whenever it happens you are powerless. You just explode.
It’s a vicious cycle and you feel like a failure.
“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.”
— Jack Kerouac
Hello! Are you in there?
Are you sleepwalking through your days like a zombie?
Or are you wide awake, present to the infinite potential for peace, happiness, and fulfillment available right now?
Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
– Mahatma Gandhi
In frustration, in anger, you ask . . .
Why? Why did that person spread lies about you behind your back, vilify you, or even mock you to your face?
Surely they had no reason when you obviously never meant to antagonize them (and honestly can’t even figure out what you did to provoke them).
Success will never be a big step in the future; success is just a small step taken now. ~Jonatan Mårtensson
Can you feel that twist in your belly?
That fear in your heart?
The voice in your head that tells you you’re not up to the job?
It shouts that you don’t know what you’re doing at work.
That you’re making it up as you go along.
You yearn to make the most of it.
Yet on some days, you wake up dreading the day ahead.
You find yourself asking, ‘What’s wrong? Why do I feel so flat?’
You’re not alone, most of us experience times like these.
What sets happy people apart, is their way of being in the world – even in difficult times.