Culture

What Brings You the Most Comfort?

There's a great quote in Elizabeth Berg's novel The Year of Pleasures,*: "The things that brought me the most comfort now were too small to list. Raspberries in cream. Sparrows with cocked heads. Shadows of bare limbs making for sidewalk filigrees. Roses past their prime with their petals loose about them. The shouts of children at play in the neighborhood, Ginger Rogers on the black-and-white screen.”

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Culture

Do You Value Your Time?

According to Danielle LaPorte, in this piece, one of the (five) signs that you love yourself is that you mean what you say: "You value your time, you value your word, you Love yourself enough to know that every commitment you make—from the time you say you’ll show up, to lifetime vows—is sacred, because you are a sacred being. You say Yes when you mean Yes, and No when you mean No.”

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Body Image

3 Practices for Embracing and Connecting to Your Body

When people talk about connecting to their bodies, you might be wondering, umm, what the heck does that mean? what the heck does that even look like? Because if you've had an adversarial relationship with your body, embracing and connecting to it feels very foreign---maybe even impossible or ridiculous. Which is why I love sharing actual practices with you, actual actions you can take---small, simple actions that make a significant impact.
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Culture

Whatever Happened to Rest?

As soon as my daughter falls asleep, it’s like a gun goes off. My heart starts beating faster. My blood pressure rises. My breath becomes shallow. Because I've started my race, and I absolutely must win—or at least not choke.

My thoughts are like firecrackers going off in every direction. I need to write that article! I need to return that email! I need to wash bottles! And clean up that mess in the living...
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Body Image

How to Really See Yourself

We rarely see ourselves. Instead what we see are layers upon layers of criticisms and judgments. We see, Ugghh, I am enormous. I can't believe I actually look like that in my dress! I feel gross. I am gross. I really need a tan. I hate my skin. I look like a sausage in these tights. Why can't I do anything right? 

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Books

5 Meditations and Reflections for a Mindful Evening

The evening can be a tough time. It might be a time we reevaluate the entire day and realize we did about 2 percent of our to-do list. Which makes us incredibly frustrated and angry with ourselves. Which awakens our roaring, hungry inner critic. It might be a time we worry about the next day, about everything we're struggling with. Lack of time. Lack of money. All-over exhaustion. A conflict. An error. A...
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Books

3 Mindful Ways to Reconnect to Ourselves When There’s No Time

There are days when we can't take a walk. There are days when we can't take a break to read or watch our favorite show. We can't go for a massage or a yoga class. Maybe we don't really sit down---or get up. Maybe we have a deadline. Maybe we have a newborn---or three kids. Maybe we're traveling. Maybe we're moving. Maybe we have a demanding job. Maybe we're trying to catch up...
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Books

What Assumptions Are You Making in Your Life?

When Isaac Lidsky was diagnosed with a degenerative disease that causes vision loss and eventually blindness, he knew it was a death sentence.

As he writes in his inspiring book Eyes Wide Open, "It will end my life as I know it. End independence and confidence. End strength and leadership. End will be helpless, pathetic, weak. I will live trapped in my mind. Blindness will disconnect me from the world."

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