Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized

How I Stopped Chasing Unrealistic Beauty Standards and Found Something Better: and I am Happier and More Resilient Because of It

I was originally going to title this post “How I Gained Weight and Went Grey, and I am Happier and More Resilient than Ever.” And I still kind of like that title, but perhaps it is a little misleading. Because in this post, I’m not going to try to convince you to gain weight (or… Continue reading How I Stopped Chasing Unrealistic Beauty Standards and Found Something Better: and I am Happier and More Resilient Because of It

Self-compassion, Uncategorized

Care Package #4 for Stressful Times: Practicing Self-Regulation

This post is in a series about dealing with stressful times. You can find links to the other posts in this series at the end of this post. One of the ways we help ourselves deal with difficult times is by practicing. Here are some paintings and thoughts to help you with that. ***** If… Continue reading Care Package #4 for Stressful Times: Practicing Self-Regulation

Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Care Package #3 for Stressful Times: Taking Your Emotional Temperature

This care package is about a self-regulation technique called "Taking Your Emotional Temperature" and how it can help us manage difficult times. (You can find links to related posts down below.)   A simple way to take your emotional temperature is to stop once or twice (or however many) times a day and ask yourself,… Continue reading Care Package #3 for Stressful Times: Taking Your Emotional Temperature

Healing Difficult Emotions, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Spirituality and Love

Care Package #2 for Stressful Times

Dear All: The Coronavirus situation can bring up a lot of painful feelings. This care package is about dealing with painful feelings in times like this. ***** If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing on social media. If you enjoyed the post above, you might also like this post: An Anxiety Care Package for… Continue reading Care Package #2 for Stressful Times

Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

10 Mind-Body Practices You Can Do if You Feel Anxious During the Coronavirus (or Anytime)

When we face national and personal crises like the Coronavirus, it is easier for us to  feel anxious about everyone and everything in our life. These are natural feelings and nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes, however, we need a way temporarily to ground ourselves, escape our anxiety, or step outside of it in order… Continue reading 10 Mind-Body Practices You Can Do if You Feel Anxious During the Coronavirus (or Anytime)

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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.)

Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

All Your Feelings are Permitted: A Brief Encouragement

Dear Friend, If you feel sad today, you are loved. If you feel happy today, you are loved. If you feel angry today, you are loved. If you feel joyful today, you are loved. If you feel hopeful today, you are loved. If you feel hopeless today, you are loved. If you feel connected today,… Continue reading All Your Feelings are Permitted: A Brief Encouragement

Healing Difficult Emotions, Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Five Things You Can Do When You Get Stuck in Painful Emotions

The purpose of my blog is to help people practice kindness, compassion, and respect to live more resilient lives.[1] One of the ways we show ourselves kindness, compassion, and respect is by developing practices that help us cope with painful emotions. Sometimes painful emotions are severe enough that we need to seek help from a… Continue reading Five Things You Can Do When You Get Stuck in Painful Emotions

Contemplative Practice, Self-compassion, Whimsical Watercolors, Wonder and Whimsy

Coloring: A Contemplative Practice

It may seem odd to suggest that coloring is a contemplative practice. After all, the phrase contemplative practice sounds very grown-up, serious, and even mysterious. Coloring, on the other hand, is child's play, lighthearted, and easy as a walk in the park on a sunny day. Can coloring really be contemplative? Contemplative practices are activities… Continue reading Coloring: A Contemplative Practice