“Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~Buddha
Whenever I write or publish a post about following your heart professionally, inevitably someone comments that it’s far easier said than done. I completely understand this instinct. After all, most of us don’t start with a massive nest egg that allows us to explore our passions without concern for financial security.… Read More
“Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.” -Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
So many times in life we hop from illusion to illusion.
We imagine that we’re finally getting closer to happiness, when the very fact that we’re looking for it in the future makes it unlikely we’ll experience it in the present.… Read More
“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.” -Marcus Aurelius
Yesterday I read an article that described how several hundred people got together to kick off the summer season by practicing yoga in the middle of Times Square. I felt a bit nostalgic in reading this because I did the very same thing exactly five years ago.… Read More
“Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea.” -Jim Rohn
The other day, my boyfriend and I started brainstorming for a screenplay we’re going to write. As we kept finding new details about the characters and events, I found myself fully visualizing it in my head.… Read More
“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” -Unknown
There’s a reason we often take the path most traveled: Seeing all the footprints on the well-trodden road creates the illusion of certainty, especially when many are your own.
When it’s familiar, it feels safe. You know what’s at the end; you’ve been there before.… Read More
“To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes
They say youth is wasted on the young, but they’re not always right. While we may gain wisdom and perspective with age, we often offset our insights with excessive analysis.… Read More
“Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” -Benjamin Disraeli
As I’ve been preparing my presentation for the Wanderlust Yoga and Music Festival, I’ve been watching a lot of powerful speeches related to my topics of authenticity and connection. I found my way to Dr.… Read More
“Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” -H. Jackson Browne
It’s safe. Familiar. Comfortable. Effortless. It doesn’t make waves. It’s what other people think you should do. You’re less likely to fail. Less likely to feel vulnerable. Less likely to question if it was worth the risk.… Read More
“On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.” -Eckhart Tolle
In The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle explores how people attach their happiness to achievements in the future. A perfect relationship. A promotion. A salary increase.… Read More
“The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your own arm.” ~Swedish Proverb
Helping yourself is telling people what you need, even though you’re afraid to acknowledge it.
It’s forgiving yourself for your mistakes, even though you feel like dwelling.
It’s taking responsibility for your problems, even though someone else may have played a large part in them.… Read More
“The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” -Unknown
Before I started this site, I found myself in a horrible financial situation. I lost two well-paying jobs within the same week, and I quickly realized my unemployment benefits would just barely cover my rent.… Read More
“All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” -Havelock Ellis
Sometimes it’s difficult to know when to keep plowing ahead and when to accept that it’s time to move on.
You don’t want to give up on someone you love if you can make a positive difference in their life; but sometimes you need to let go and let them learn their own lessons.… Read More
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller
Gratitude. Kindness. Joy. Vulnerability. Passion. Hope. Inspiration. Motivation. Loyalty. Awe. Authenticity. Selflessness. Thoughtfulness. Patience. Understanding. Trust. Simplicity. Serenity. Relaxation. Purpose. Peace. Generosity. Honesty. Integrity. Balance. Bravery. Love.
Look around.… Read More
“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.” -Frank Crane
I had one of the most disheartening experiences of my life when I was 24. Some people I trusted conned me out of a huge chunk of my savings and then dropped off the face of the earth.… Read More
“Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money, power, and influence.” ~Henry Chester
Influence has become a huge buzz word, particularly now that social media has taken the world by storm. There are sites to measure it. Blog posts that dissect it. Books that analyze the psychology of it.… Read More
“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” -Daisaku Ikeda
Whenever I visit my family in Massachusetts, I notice changes all around me. Sometimes it’s something major, like a Rite Aid where a Mom and Pop shop used to be.… Read More
“We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are.” –Adelle Davis
As I mentioned before in my blog post about needing less money, I recently decided to offer barter advertising through Tiny Buddha—meaning I plan to promote products and services I support in exchange for things I need.… Read More
“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” -African Proverb
Sometimes we judge ourselves pretty harshly. We blame ourselves for things we have absolutely no control over. We criticize, berate, and even disparage ourselves, treating ourselves far worse than we’d ever treat other people.
It’s just all too easy to hold ourselves to high standards, and then get frustrated if we fail to meet them.… Read More
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw
Playfulness becomes difficult when we get bogged in worries. Worrying sucks the joy out of everything. I know, because I’ve been there many times before.
You start a new project focused on your passions, and shortly after starting, you stress about where it’s going.… Read More
“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.” -William Arthur Ward
I read somewhere once that we tend to judge ourselves by our intentions and other people by their actions. In other words, we give ourselves the benefit of the doubt, whereas we’re more apt to assume other people mean to be cruel, inconsiderate, or hurtful when they make poor choices.… Read More