“Nothing hurts worse than Not Being Known,” said a septuagenarian to a group of 5000 at a recent women’s conference. As soon as the words were out of her mouth, I felt the weight of their truth. That Wound of Unknowing – I’ve lived with it. After all, I’ve walked the lonely road of widowhood for [...]
Author John Shirley has said: “Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them”. Do you agree? The correct response to my question is unique to you. And your answer may largely depend […]
Similar to hurricanes in the real world, anxiety creates a mental storm from which escape is elusive. The mental storm gains power as erroneous weather reports forecast warnings at high volume about our safety and security. Anxiety huffs and puffs and we experience its effects in body, mind, and behavior. So the forecasts of our mental storm feel truly real in our experience...
Many of us are plagued by a common condition: we rarely appreciate who we are and what we have. And so begins our endless pursuit of you-fill-in-the-blank, fueled by a nagging voice incessantly whining that we are not enough. Sound familiar? You're not alone, since humans have had this struggle for millennia.
You know it's time for change. You've set everything up: a new diet or exercise plan, a proposed budget, a schedule of counseling appointments, a new program to discipline your children or spend quality time with your spouse. All your hope is riding on the new plan... How do you expect change to happen?
Are you stuck on the Worry Train? It's an illusive mental locomotive that takes many of us on a captive ride during waking hours. We long to disembark, but the wheels of the Worry Train spin faster and faster - powered by an endless supply of what if fuel:
Distraction affects our lives in numerous ways, with consequences ranging from distasteful to disastrous. Often it masquerades as something we proudly venerate: multitasking. But every time we multitask, we pull brain activity away from our primary task of the moment.
Gratitude: A Simple Life Changer How has gratitude touched your life today, yesterday, or in the past week? If nothing comes to mind, don’t beat yourself up. It’s so easy to mindlessly ignore beauty and blessings all around us. After all, when was the last time we were grateful for a rainbow, changing leaves [...]
Often we live and breathe in one moment while we choke with anxiety and worry over some potential future moment. Today's tip invites us to use a normal activity to calm our anxious minds and recapture the present moment. The simple exercise helps many people to breathe away anxiety one moment at a time.