In Pursuit of Happiness? Or Inner Peace?

In Pursuit of Happiness? Or Inner Peace?

Being in pursuit of happiness or seeking inner peace are very different goals. They make very different assumptions about life and require different practices and tools. Here are some ways in which our journeys differ depending on what we’re pursuing. First, basic...
An Honest Moment a Day Keeps the Darkness Away

An Honest Moment a Day Keeps the Darkness Away

“Be Yourself!” I heard this phrase many times as a child, and later found it over and over again in books and inspirational quotes. My daily interactions, however, seemed to contradict this adage. Growing up, I often felt that “being myself” was too much for some...
When Empathy Feels Out Of Reach

When Empathy Feels Out Of Reach

Empathy can be such a natural, spontaneous process that we often forget that it is also a skill. When we hear a story that is similar to our own experiences, we feel a kinship with the storyteller. We often relive the emotions that came with our own, similar story....
The Gifts of Major Fuck-ups

The Gifts of Major Fuck-ups

I learned the most from fucking up. There was a time in my life when I thought: ~ I would never cheat on an intimate partner, I am loyal to the bone. ~ I would never lie to people in my life, I am honest and sincere. ~ I would never steal – a thing, an idea, anything....
On Speaking Terms with Gratitude

On Speaking Terms with Gratitude

“If you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness.” (Unknown Author) Since I was a little girl I’ve loved putting pen to paper. Not just any pen and not just any paper – but 1.0 mm ink pens and unlined paper. I...