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8-Steps to an Empowered Future

We all have a finite amount of energy to create the lives we want. To manifest a bold, empowered future we need access to that energy. Sometimes, despite our effort, we find ourselves blocked. We know we want more—to contribute more, to love more, to be more available—but no matter how hard we try we…


What is Suffering?

The first noble truth of Buddhism is: There is suffering. It should be understood. I remember the first time I learned about this teaching. I was at a bookstore in the Dallas area sometime around 1991. I was with my parents and my son, who was still in a baby stroller. Near the cash registers,…


Integrity is Essential to Personal Growth

To have integrity means to be an integrated whole, with all of your words and actions reflecting who you believe yourself to be. It is showing up as the person you know you are, even when it’s hard, even when you do not feel like it. And, it is essential to personal growth. Notice something…


Stop Apologizing!

Forgiveness is an internal process. What does that mean? It means it requires nothing from another person. We can fully forgive ourselves and others in the absence of interaction if we so choose. For many, apology is an important part of the restorative process. We want an apology when someone hurts us. That is a…


Fundamentals of Forgiveness: Creating Joy with Non-Judgment

We have all heard the tried-and-true cliché, “Would you rather be right or happy?” It turns out there is great wisdom in this infuriating little platitude. Being right, or more accurately, being attached to it, is a judgment and it can take many forms. Sometimes, the subtlest judgments are what hold us back from joy…


Yielding to Change

Have you ever decided to make a change in your life only to find letting go more difficult than you expected? Maybe you need to end an unhealthy relationship or break a bad habit. Maybe you need to learn a new skill that doesn’t excite you. Or, you need to stop being mean to your…


You Are Not Your Story

We all have a story. It is a part of the human condition. And, like all universal human experiences, it serves an important purpose. How we relate to the story we have about our life guides our actions, informs our world view and beliefs, and impacts our quality of life. Given its power, developing an…


Meditation and Healing: Exploring the Relationship

The growth in popularity of mindfulness practices has skyrocketed in the last decade; according to IBISWorld, in 2016, it was a $1 billion-dollar business. There are endless apps you can download on your smartphone to help guide you through the process (Insight is my favorite!). But, for those who don’t meditate or feel they just…


What Self-love Is Not and Why It Matters

Dictionary.com defines self-love as, “the instinct by which one’s actions are directed to the promotion of one’s own welfare or well-being, especially an excessive regard for one’s own advantage.” The top three synonyms are conceit, vanity, and narcissism. This meaning highlights an evolution in the use of the word in modern times. Not that long…


The Power of Language

If your mind is anything like mine, it’s a bit histrionic. Rather than telling me I am sad or lonely, the voice in my head says, you’re broken beyond repair, and everyone hates you. A woman in a workshop I led some time ago said she had been “cut off from the herd,” referencing the…

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