One of the biggest life lessons for most of us, is how to exercise our gratitude muscle.
It's the means of feeling on a daily basis, good about your life, even when things are tough. Maybe, especially useful, when life is tough. We all have pivotal moments in our lives, the older we get, the more we have. One of mine falls on February 1st, 2012.
That date, that year is etched in my mind because it began the chapter of my life where chronic pain started. A journey which would be the catalyst...
Do you have a role in synchronicity? Well at first, it wouldn't seem so. Isn't synchronicity all about random events that just...happen? Like the call you receive from a friend you have been thinking about? Or the subject of a blog post that then seems to show up in conversations or books or a movie?
It's hardly as if you have any control, or at least not a conscious one. Here's the thing though, you do.
Where you put your thoughts, is where your attention and your energy flow.
One of the hardest parts of any change is making peace with traditions.
Traditions are a wonderful way to mark the various holidays and occasions. But often, people forget that as their lives change, it's reasonable to expect the traditions will too.
Traditions are only good so long as they serve the needs of the people participating in them. Holding on to a way of doing something, because that's the way they've always been done, causes emotional pain when things are changing.
In this thing we call life, each of us is meant to create our own version. What we pull out of it, what we express and put into the world is different because we're different. None of us know how much time we have on this earth to express our version, nor how it will impact others if we're willing to fully live into our lives.
Inspiration, admiration and motivation can find us just about anywhere.
One evening I found it at a local music hall during an open mic night. Over the course of...
Have you ever seen a piece of furniture undergoing re-finishing? There are several steps involved to take it from dull and blemished to a piece with all it's beauty showing through. Similar in a way, to our lives.
The pandemic has created a global awakening as people begin to take stock of how satisfied they are with their day to day situations. In some cases, we are beginning to see how we aren't bringing our best qualities into the world. Or living a life in alignment with the greater good...
What do you consider your biggest achievements? Are they from work, in your community or perhaps in your family? Or maybe you have more personal achievements. A physical or emotional challenge which required you to really decide if and how you would rise to the occasion.
One of the hallmarks of self leadership is the belief that you can meet and handle any challenge that comes your way, it's called "self efficacy". It's not an everyday term, but it is powerful and different from self worth,...
One of the most challenging aspects of creating a bigger life is confronting all the “nots” that lie buried within us. Often we are unaware of how many there are, how deeply buried and how much we let them affect our lives. Not good enough, not smart enough, not strong enough, not pretty/handsome enough, not talented enough – not, not, not.
Compress the phrase and it is “not enough”.
Cultivating positive self talk
As a child or young adult it is helpful to have...
Have you ever had that buzz, that spark of energy where from nothing came a flame, kindled by one little ember? Music is one of my embers. It is a stress buster, an energy giver, a backdrop and it is a creative force. As a result, as I begin more and more to understand all the ways it enriches me, I find ways to invite it into my life.
When you reconnect with something really important, that's how it feels. Like a spark has been lit, an ember long hidden fanned back into life. It is...
Everywhere you look there is a book, article or blog urging you to follow your passion.
Do you have a passion, or are you, like others, trying to figure out just what that means and what yours might be?
Passion is such a strong word and it might be that you are having a hard time declaring you have one. Maybe instead, there are a lot of things you like, but nothing that really stirs you up. And that is very normal.
The truth is that passion comes from that place where you feel energetically...
How many old stories continue to be a part of your inner dialogue? When is the last time you tried something new? Recent conversations have highlighted how important creating new stories are in creating a happier and more fulfilled life.
Instead of accepting dated and often limiting beliefs, trying new activities allows us to see and enjoy new parts of ourselves.
Have you ever found yourself uttering statements like, “I don't do that”, or “I'm no good at that” ?...
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