“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
You’ve heard it so many times before.
The importance of gratitude, that is.
Maybe you’re wondering “What’s the big deal, anyway?”
Let me ask you a question. If there was a pill that, if taken just once,
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?
You have their number stored in your phone.
Yet you stare at the phone on the side of your bed, refusing to pick it up and call them.
You’ve been staring at the phone for days. Weeks. Years.
You don’t pick up the phone to call because of the pain they’ve caused you.
By Laura Leigh Clarke
If you’re a go-getter, you likely have a to-do list as long as your arm.
You take on more than most people, simply because you’ve become good at juggling and “managing” yourself and as a result, you have to just keep going for fear of letting a plate drop.
You probably have goals with little rewards attached to them that you work towards all the time too:
“When I get this piece of work done,
A guest post by Laura Leigh Clarke
If you’re like most people, you probably have things that deep down really scare you.
Things that make you hang back, when you wish you could move forward. Things you’d just rather not think about – let alone discuss openly with people around you. Thoughts that crop up that then whizz around your mind, out of control whilst you’re trying to focus on the positive.
By Mary Jaksch
Do you think we could have world peace one day? It seems an impossible dream, doesn’t it?
Just look at today’s news: Shootings, bombings, wars, civil unrest – it just goes on and on, day after day, year after year.
But what if you could make the world a more peaceful place?
I’m not talking about big-picture peace; the kind of peace politicians try to achieve.
In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few. – Zen Master Shunryo Suzuki
What would you rather be, a beginner or an expert?
The answer seems clear, doesn’t it? Most people would choose to be an expert, and not a beginner.
In fact, many people hate being a noobie, rookie, greenhorn novice, or tenderfoot – or whatever derogatory words we use for beginners.
Six years ago, I was a starry-eyed medical student, just starting on the long path to becoming a doctor and psychiatrist.
The first few years of medical school took place in the lecture hall, focusing on the basics of biology and anatomy.
Learning the compassionate side of medicine was limited to seminars on topics like how to communicate effectively and connect with patients.
It all sounded so nice and easy while sitting in a classroom talking about theory.