“They are tossed to drunken heights, only to be brought down into a
sludge of headachy despair; their arrogance gives way to humiliation
at the next curve of the switchback.” —Patrick White
It is easy to lose sight of yourself as the most powerful person in your life. Reinforced by the masses and the media, it’s common to forget your power to influence your life…
I haven’t wanted to write in a very long time. This year has been, bar none, the most challenging of all. I’m living through it and taking the opportunity to try out all I’ve taught while in the harshest of circumstances. While I don’t always feel strong, I am strong. And so it goes.
My mom recently went into hospice care, care that focuses on comfort and quality of life not dying or living…
Victim thinking may be the greatest impediment to successful living. It stems from the belief that someone or something else is responsible for the content, quality, or experience of your life.
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All people suffer from a sense of inadequacy in some area or time in life. It’s normal and it presents us with the opportunity to grow, evolve and become better people, but when deep feelings of lack, insecurity and unworthiness become pervasive, many people look to romantic relationships to fill their inner void. They turn their lover into their host and use the…
You—or rather your thoughts—create your reality. I’m not speaking in the “woo woo” way. Things happen (life events, experiences, etc.). They have no inherent nature, meaning they’re not inherently good, bad, scary, worrisome, or wonderful. Different people interpret the same events differently. Their predominant thought patterns and beliefs dictate the nature of their perceptions.
For example, a circus clown walks down the street with 20 bundles of cotton candy. Happiness, irritation, fear, desire, temptation, and laughter are each as likely to be directed at her. The…
An angel disguised as a child care center worker taught me how to meditate when I was five-years-old. She gave me access to an invulnerable source of power and a place of refuge that has sustained me through the darkest times.
She also taught me to get quiet and ask what she called ‘kind’ questions. I have many tender memories of her holding my hands in hers and asking: Where does it hurt? I’d do my…
My mantra is: I AM THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN MY LIFE.
It wasn’t always so.
I used to feel persecuted by life, as though there was something out there intent on holding me down. I blamed it for everything that didn’t go my way and this reinforced the belief that…
Life’s challenges often call up our skeletons, dirt, pains and “toxic holding-on.” This creates the opportunity to heal and release them. This is the time for facing, acknowledging, learning and trusting the process so that we can emerge better than before.
When painful feelings or situations arise, our natural tendency is to shut down or resist. Many of us repress our feelings in the name of positive thinking. This isn’t healthy or helpful; it’s harmful.
Painful feelings are a beacon guiding you…
Sooner or later we are all faced with the desire or need to start over. The following 10 tips for starting over will help you succeed.
- Accept where you are. In difficult or unwanted situations the greatest barrier to moving forward and creating positive change is resistance to what is. Accepting what is does not mean you have to embrace, approve of, or enjoy it….
Many years ago, I was in a terrible situation. I had to travel to a foreign country to handle a legal/family issue that I was very unhappy about. I knew about the trip many months in advance and that gave me plenty of time to worry, dread and project all of my fears and negative thinking into the future.
As the trip grew nearer, I felt a heavy blanket of foreboding…