Happiness is a common goal! Suffering is something we want to avoid. Travel is one thing that makes me happy. This was a feature article from “Journeys of the Spirit,” a group that plans trips all over the world. I went on one to Cambodia and one to Peru. Check them out. And enjoy this […]
Recently, I read Hardwired for Happiness by Rick Hanson, PhD. Since happiness is a key component to mental health, I think his tips can benefit us all. He says when we feel included, appreciated, and cared about, we have a sense of ease, and feel cheerful and confidant. These feelings are attached to our three […]
Did you know that you can change your thought and change your life. Our thoughts are very powerful! Here’s one of my favorite stories that will help you easily understand how our thoughts determine our world: On a recent weekend in Atlantic city, a woman won a bucketful of quarters at a slot machine. She […]
This is one of my favorite ways to avoid the slippery slope of sadness. I write my gratitudes for the day. Instead of focusing on what’s not working, I look for what is. Our mind influences what we see and feel. To feel better, shift your mind. Even for a moment. Begin small. Say “thank you” […]
I just got back from a refreshing speed walk around the neighborhood. Everything was clean from the morning rain. I was remembering swimming at the lake as a kid and getting old enough to walk the 2 miles to get there.
Today stands before us with promise. The opportunities for growth are guaranteed, as is all the spiritual help we need to handle any situation the day offers. If today offers us a challenge, we can be greateful. Our challenges are gifts.
Here we are on the threshold of a new year. If you are like me, you may be thinking about things that you want to let go of and things that you want to add to your life. I believe that I am free to choose. I let go of the belief that I can’t […]
A common question I get is, “Is this normal?” We learn the definition of normal from our family. Kelly Clarkston’s song, Because of You (below), illustrates this perfectly.
Mary Oliver (1992). New and Selected Poems. One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice – though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. “Mend my life!” each voice cried.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously
give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
– Marianne Williamson