February 13, 2019

In her book, Presence, Amy Cuddy describes a person with presence as someone who shows up confident, comfortable, enthusiastic and captivating. This person is able to stand amongst others and express his/her true thoughts, feelings, values, potential...their most since...

January 3, 2019

Shauna Niquest, author of Present Over Perfect (please see my last post), also reminds us of the awesome and beautiful responsibility we have to decide how to make our life. She also warns us that we must do it, otherwise the world will tell us how to live, if we let i...

January 3, 2019

This advice given to the former "yes-aholic", Shauna Niequist by her mentor, is one of the main premises of her book, Present over Perfect. After years of saying yes to too many things, she found herself unhappy, angry and tired. After much reflection she realized that...

January 3, 2019

Please don't try to hide. There have been a few difficult times in my life where I have wanted to hide, feeling immersed in self-doubt, guilt, regret, shame and a lack of hope. I didn't want to be seen. I didn't want to even look at myself. And one day during one of th...

January 3, 2019

Dr. Joe Dispenza reminds us that when we emotionally react to leaders or people in power, they capture our emotions and our attention; and by doing so, they have captured our energy. This is how people gain power over us. 

Instead we can try to model kindness and compas...

December 2, 2018

I am currently exploring Dr. Joe Dispenza's book, Becoming Supernatural. He explains that when we operate on auto-pilot, we are essentially allowing our bodies to drag us into a predictable future that includes the same, familiar things from our past. Every time we exp...

November 27, 2018

I just finished reading Ryan Holiday's book, The Obstacle is the Way, and he says that, "There is no good or bad without us. There is only perception. There is the event itself and the story we tell ourselves about what it means." One of his main points is that we wast...

November 2, 2018

Following impermanence and interconnection, the third "I" teaching we received at Plum Village was about living our lives with intention. Basically, we were reminded that every action we take has a reaction that creates either more peace or suffering (for ourselves and...

November 2, 2018

The second teaching we received at Plum Village on interconnection/interbeing is the idea that everything is made up of everything else. Everything that happens is caused by and is a cause of some other thing/event (law of cause and effect). Sometimes we are the snake...

October 3, 2018

From what I know about Buddhism, there are several traditions that differ slightly on their beliefs and spiritual practices. However they are all largely based on original teachings from the Buddha and share the common goal of overcoming suffering. While staying at Thi...

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