I am reading Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With The Heart Of A Buddha by Tara Brach. Two quotes that she mentioned made me pause.
“Last night, as I was sleeping, I dreamt – marvelous error! – that I had a beehive here inside my heart. And the golden bees were making white combs and sweet honey from my old failures,” poet Antonio Machado, translated by Robert Bly.
And the second quote was from psychologist Carl Rogers, “The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Continue reading
I was listening to author Elizabeth Gilbert on the Tim Ferriss podcast last week and she fueled my soul. She spoke about how the language of our experience is always that we should ‘power through.’ But sometimes we can’t. We need to stop and take care of ourselves. And then begin again. Continue reading
Problems. Everyone has them. But if we see them as gifts it changes everything.
Obstacles cause us to grow, think critically, change our mind, become who we were meant to be.
I saw a Tony Robbins documentary last night and he said that although he had a hard childhood, he would not be the man he is proud to be today without that experience. His problems made him who he is. And it has allowed him to help millions. Continue reading
The other day I read something that really hit me. A woman said her psychology professor told her that you love the people who make you love yourself when you are with them.
They make you love yourself. Continue reading
On January 26, 1950, 68 years ago, the Republic of India was born. For decades a quiet lawyer named Mahatma Ghandi had led a peaceful fight to gain independence from Britain. Continue reading
I wasn’t in a good mood when I arrived at the car dealership. My 2015 van had another issue and the decision had been made to replace it. I sat in the financier’s office and she started taking down information for the car loan. She said her son was born around the same time as I was, but he was in heaven. I asked what happened. She said he was driving to work at age 16 with two other teens and was killed in a car accident. She said he was a lovely boy who wrote poems and played soccer in Europe and stopped bullies. Continue reading
Do you judge yourself? Do you play a track in your head that says you didn’t try hard enough or you ate too much or you should have gone to the gym? Do you highlight the negative instead of the positive?
The key to success in life is treating yourself as you would treat a close friend. Give yourself space to make mistakes, to rest, to be unsure, to overindulge and then get back in the groove. Accept your flaws with your gifts and know that the DNA that allows you to do amazing things will also cause you to do a few things that aren’t so grand. Continue reading
I saw this quote by author Jackson Kiddard yesterday and it stopped me in my tracks. It changed me.
“Anything that annoys you is for teaching you patience.
Anyone who abandons you is for
teaching you how to stand up
on your own two feet.
Anything that angers you is for teaching you forgiveness and compassion.
Anything that has power over you is for teaching you how to take your power back.
Anything you hate is for
teaching you unconditional love.
Anything you fear is for
teaching you courage to
overcome your fear.
Anything you can’t control is for teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe.” Continue reading
Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 until she died in 1901. I heard a story about her recently that made me stop and think. Continue reading