Wonder and Whimsy

Our Backyard Has Become a Nature Sanctuary: Pictures of our Wildlife Visitors and Other Magical Happenings

My husband and I live in the suburbs, close to downtown. There are some things about my neighborhood that aren't always ideal. For instance, sometimes our neighborhood can be a little noisy and wild. But one thing I love about my house is that we have a spacious back yard with lots of trees in… Continue reading Our Backyard Has Become a Nature Sanctuary: Pictures of our Wildlife Visitors and Other Magical Happenings

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

Healing Difficult Emotions, Peaceful Thoughts and Affirmations, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

Peaceful Thoughts for Both Wonderful and Miserable Holidays

Dear Friend: Whether your holidays are wonderful or miserable, here are some peaceful thoughts for you during this time: Peace to you. ***** If you found this post helpful, please consider sharing on social media.

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety

Month Two of Beautiful Breathing: More Cool Things Happen

Two months ago, I realized I had erratic breathing patterns. This is something I have struggled with my whole life, but it has gotten worse in the last couple of years. So in April, I began practicing intentional breathing exercises every day, three times a day. My breathing exercises are really simple. I just breathe… Continue reading Month Two of Beautiful Breathing: More Cool Things Happen

Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Self-compassion, Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness, Uncategorized

Compassion: A Way Forward Through Suffering

Compassion: It is one of the most important, underrated, and meaningful gifts we can give to ourselves and to others. Compassion and Suffering Let me define compassion. Compassion comes from the Latin words cum (with) and patior (to suffer). This etymology suggests that compassion means “to suffer with” or to be “with suffering”. When we… Continue reading Compassion: A Way Forward Through Suffering

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Self-compassion, Uncategorized

The Healing Power of Staying in This Moment

I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of time worrying. I worry about a choice I made months or a year ago. I worry about how something is going to turn out five years from now. I worry about something someone else said to me yesterday or what another person will think… Continue reading The Healing Power of Staying in This Moment

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What to Do When You Feel Anxious

I would like you to imagine that you are walking in the woods, and you come to a stream. The water is low, and you want to cross to the other side. Luckily for you, there is a path of stepping stones across the stream that can take you safely to the other side, so… Continue reading What to Do When You Feel Anxious

Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

That “I’m Not Good Enough” Feeling and the Compassionate Mindset

Most of us experience a brief and passing feeling at one point or another that we are not good. Sometimes, however, the worry that we are not good enough becomes persistent and recurring. It causes anxiety, self-loathing, and chronic low self-confidence. One cause of the "I'm Not Good Enough" feeling is something I call the… Continue reading That “I’m Not Good Enough” Feeling and the Compassionate Mindset

Self-Love and Self-Directed Kindness

The Gift of Presence: Being an Empowering Friend to Ourselves

When we give ourselves the gift of presence, we are with ourselves in all of our moments—our joyful and sorrowful moments, our moments of success and failure, the moments when we love ourselves, and the moments when we feel full of shame. We recognize and accept ourselves in all of our human emotions and experiences.… Continue reading The Gift of Presence: Being an Empowering Friend to Ourselves