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Self-Care Sunday 12.21.14

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

NYC, early July 2014

On some Sundays I share my favorite links on everything from taking compassionate care of ourselves to embracing imperfection to leading a meaningful life on our own terms.

“I remember that this life isn’t meant to be perfect.”

Try an “End of Year Personal Summit.”

Self-compassion is most definitely a verb.


Creating A Supportive Daily Ritual

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

pomegranate candle from mama, november 2014

When life gets busy and overwhelming and hard, it’s the simple and small rituals that can ground us. That can serve as an anchor. That can remind us of what is important. Of what is us.

Rituals become familiar actions, gestures we can lean on. They can calm us. They can help us to reflect. To get quiet when chaos swirls around us. And they can become a time we meet all kinds of needs (our need for stillness, serenity, solitude, spirituality).


Paying Attention to the Most Beautiful Details

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

puddle reflection, nov 2014

Last week I mentioned the power of paying attention to details. The details of our lives. The details of our surroundings. The details of our relationships. The details in the details.

Writing my book has helped me notice the small yet big things of our lives, the things I used to regularly dismiss and some days still do. The sunset. The carpet of leaves outside my office window. My fiance’s eyes. My mother’s laugh. The scent of a pomegranate candle. The artwork on my favorite mugs. The strings in the song I’ll be walking down the aisle to. The power of a sentence. A word.


Self-Care Sunday: Create A Play-Book

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

bubbles, central park, nyc

I think of play and creativity as a big part of self-care. Because with play and creativity come curiosity (about our bodies, our feelings, the world), humor, laughter, and simply a playful approach to life.

That is, instead of criticizing ourselves for being anxious or upset, we can get curious and explore why we’re feeling this way. We can explore where this feeling is in our body (your heart, your stomach).

We can marvel at our surroundings, because so much magic really does exist in our lives. It’s just a matter of using our senses fully.


Other Ways to Practice Self-Compassion This Holiday Season

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Buddha quote

Yesterday, I wrote about the different ways we can be kind to ourselves no matter the holiday season we’re having.Today, I’m sharing other ways we can practice self-compassion.


Self-Compassion During the Holiday Season

Friday, December 5th, 2014

creative joy, single heart, 2012

The holiday season is upon us. I just took a deep breath after writing that. Maybe you’d like to, too.

The holidays are a beautiful time, but they also may be a stressful and even heartbreaking time for oh-so many reasons.

Whatever this month brings for you, I hope you let it start and end with kindness. No matter what’s happening, I hope you can extend lots of compassion your way. I hope you give yourself doses of it daily, hourly.


Thanksgiving Day: What I’m Grateful For

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

fall flowers, penn

Every Thanksgiving, I share a list of things I’m grateful for. This year I’m grateful for:


Self-Care Sunday 11.23.14

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

chuck close, face book

{from Chuck Close: Face Book}

On some Sundays I share links to all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to expressing our creativity (which goes hand in hand with self-discovery) to feeling our feelings.

Because self-care helps us build a more positive body image. Because self-care helps us build fulfilling, satisfying lives. Because self-care simply feels good!

I hope you find these links inspiring and empowering.

I love this post from Tara: Consider what you’d do if the critics weren’t in the room.

And this one from Rachel on redefining success.


Prompts for Practicing Gratitude for Our Bodies

Friday, November 21st, 2014

gustave flaubert quote, poetry, particles and life

With American Thanksgiving less than a week away (how did this happen!!), I wanted to share more ideas with you on practicing gratitude, year-round. (On Wednesday I talked about doing a gratitude alphabet. )

For instance, this month, Laura Simms, a career coach whose work I greatly admire, has been hosting a photo challenge on Instagram called “the daily bon.” (You can learn all about it here.) I shared the above photo for the prompt “handwriting.”


A Unique Way to Practice Gratitude

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

the grateful life

Gratitude is a self-compassionate practice, according to therapist Lea Seigen Shinraku, MFT, who I recently interviewed for a piece on authentic ways to practice gratitude.

“Acknowledging and expressing genuine gratitude for what you appreciate in your life is a deeply kind act,” she said.

I agree. When we express gratitude for anything, it deepens our connection with it, and it deepens our connection with ourselves.


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