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.

Healing Difficult Emotions, Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Politics and Love, Uncategorized

The Difference Between Self-Esteem, Dignity, and Self-Compassion—And Why It Matters

I am concerned about our culture.[1] There are many reasons I am concerned about it, but one of the reasons is that it is increasingly clear that many of us have a poor relationship with ourselves, and this causes a lot of personal and interpersonal problems. These personal and interpersonal problems are confirmed by recent… Continue reading The Difference Between Self-Esteem, Dignity, and Self-Compassion—And Why It Matters

Healing Difficult Emotions

When We Hit Bumps in Life’s Road and Crash

When I was younger, I thought that if I just did everything right, my life would go smoothly; I wouldn't have any problems and people would treat me fairly; and I would generally be happy most of the time. Of course, it didn't take me long as a young adult to figure out that this… Continue reading When We Hit Bumps in Life’s Road and Crash

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

It’s Okay Not to Fit Into the Broken Parts of the World

We often believe that if we are sad and anxious and troubled by parts of the world that there is something wrong with us. Sometimes, however, we suffer these painful feelings in response to really painful and difficult things in the world. It is important to realize in these situations that is understandable when we… Continue reading It’s Okay Not to Fit Into the Broken Parts of the World

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

Connecting With Love Through Trust and Surrender: Step Five: Seven Steps to Love (Recovering from Self-Hate).

Step #5: I asked Love to show me how to connect with it and rest in it through trust and surrender. One of the most painful feelings we have is the feeling that we are alone and that it is all up to us. We often believe that we have to figure out everything on… Continue reading Connecting With Love Through Trust and Surrender: Step Five: Seven Steps to Love (Recovering from Self-Hate).

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Uncategorized

Five Ways to Be a Friend to Yourself and Why This is Important

How we treat ourselves, what we say to ourselves, and what we think about ourselves tremendously impacts us. We are the closet person to us, and so if we treat ourselves in a continually hostile or cruel manner, it can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and worthlessness. On the other hand, if we treat… Continue reading Five Ways to Be a Friend to Yourself and Why This is Important

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Practices for Cultivating Love

What are You Saying to Yourself Today?

The things you say to yourself can empower you to live more fully and beautifully, or they can wilt your spirit. You are the closest person to you, so what you say to yourself really matters. This is how our spirit feels when we say unkind things to ourselves. Here are two things you can… Continue reading What are You Saying to Yourself Today?

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety

Becoming Your Own Best Friend

In my last two posts, I discussed how to cultivate self-love by thinking of yourself as a child you love  and by speaking to yourself as you would a child or a friend you love.   In this post, I will discuss how you can cultivate self-love by making a self-love pledge. Think of a friend who… Continue reading Becoming Your Own Best Friend

Overcoming Self-loathing and Anxiety, Uncategorized

Using Loving Affirmations to Cultivate Self-Love

In my last post, I discussed the first way we can cultivate self-love, which is to think of ourselves as a little child.  Just like children need love, encouragement, care, and compassion to flourish, we also need these things. Think of yourself like a little child who needs love and nurturing to flourish. This leads… Continue reading Using Loving Affirmations to Cultivate Self-Love

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Be Willing: The Day a Total Stranger Gave me Earrings in the Airport

I recently had an adventure in the airport, and it all started because of a book. One day I was reading, and I read the phrase, “Be willing to receive good things.” Two things happened. First, I got very uncomfortable because historically, I have not been good at receiving things from people—gifts, compliments, help, you… Continue reading Be Willing: The Day a Total Stranger Gave me Earrings in the Airport