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Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Do You Live from the Inside Out or the Outside In? (and Why This Question Matters.)

Do you live from the inside out or the outside in? Okay, to be honest, that is not an entirely fair question to ask you at the beginning of the post because I coined those phrases--Living from the Inside Out and Living from the Outside In, and I haven't even told you what they mean… Continue reading Do You Live from the Inside Out or the Outside In? (and Why This Question Matters.)

Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Spirituality and Love

How to Find Your Purpose

Purpose is important. When we have a purpose, we feel like our life is meaningful, that we matter, and that we contribute something good to the world. Nevertheless, it can sometimes feel a little tricky to find our purpose. We don't necessarily receive a lot of instruction in life on how to find it, and… Continue reading How to Find Your Purpose

Practices for Cultivating Love

Letting Your Light Shine vs. Slave-Driving Yourself: A Brief Reflection and Practice

Reflection I want to remind you today that you have permission to make mistakes and fail. You also have permission to feel sad, to take naps, and to take a break. You are already worthy, and your purpose is not to get your "to-do" list done or to win at everything or to be the… Continue reading Letting Your Light Shine vs. Slave-Driving Yourself: A Brief Reflection and Practice

Practices for Cultivating Love, Wonder and Whimsy

Month Three and Four of Monkey Bar Hanging: Let Me Tell You a Secret

I have been hanging and playing on monkey bars in my back yard almost every day for the last four months, and I am blogging about it each month. Let me tell you a secret: This is hard; I am still not very good at it; and sometimes I think I will never get anywhere.… Continue reading Month Three and Four of Monkey Bar Hanging: Let Me Tell You a Secret

Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

When We Feel Purposeless and Like We aren’t Good at Anything: Avoiding “Static Thinking”

Human beings need purpose. We need to feel like we have something special that we  share with the world. Given this need, it is understandable why we suffer painful feelings when we think we aren’t good at anything. For example, we may feel discouraged or depressed when we feel like we don’t have special any… Continue reading When We Feel Purposeless and Like We aren’t Good at Anything: Avoiding “Static Thinking”

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Spirituality and Love

Butterfly Meditating: A Contemplative Practice

I have a wildflower garden in my back yard, and when it is in full bloom, it attracts a lot of butterflies. All of the photos in this post are taken by me at home or on a walk. I get really excited about my butterflies every day, especially in the afternoon. The sun is… Continue reading Butterfly Meditating: A Contemplative Practice

Body Love and Body Kindness, Practices for Cultivating Love, Wonder and Whimsy

Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Last month, I started practicing monkey bar hanging for my daily practice for this year. (Last year I practiced deep breathing. You can read about that here.)* To be honest, the first part of the month was a wash. In the first month of my practice (May), I gained a lot of strength very quickly.… Continue reading Month Two of Monkey Bar Hanging: Most of the Month was a Wash and then Some Cool Things Happened

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Spirituality and Love

Labyrinth Walking: A Contemplative Practice

I have been building and walking labyrinths the last couple of weeks, and I love it. Spiral art, and I take labyrinths to be a type of spiral art, have long been a part of contemplative practice for both non-religious and religious people. I first started noticing spirals when I was researching art and culture… Continue reading Labyrinth Walking: A Contemplative Practice

Contemplative Practice, Practices for Cultivating Love, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Spirituality and Love

Contemplative Practices: What they are; Why They are for Everyone; and How they Help Us

One of the most loving and powerful things we can do for ourselves is develop a consistent contemplative practice. The phrase contemplative practice may sounds religious or mystical to you, and it can be both of these things, but don't worry: even if you are not religious and do not practice any faith, contemplative practices… Continue reading Contemplative Practices: What they are; Why They are for Everyone; and How they Help Us

Body Love and Body Kindness, Practices for Cultivating Love, Wonder and Whimsy

A New Practice and a New Adventure: Month One of Monkey Bar Hanging

Last year, I learned how to breathe. Okay, of course I knew how to breathe before last year. But last year in May, I adopted a specific breathing practice to address some wacky breathing issues I was experiencing. The first month I did my practice, it brought so many benefits to my life that I… Continue reading A New Practice and a New Adventure: Month One of Monkey Bar Hanging