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40 Little Things That Make a Big Difference in Your Day

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault

I believe life is in the details. Ongoing small gestures can mean so much more than one grand display of love. Simple pleasures throughout the day can be far more gratifying that one amazing weekend.… Read More

Friends Playing on the Beach

You Deserve Love, Including Your Own

“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Several years ago, I was in an unhealthy and unhappy relationship. It didn’t start out that way, of course. During the first year that we were together, I was in heaven.… Read More

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7 Ways to Manage a Break Up and Work Through the Pain

“Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” ~Dalai Lama

Some breakups are so bad that they make you hate the sunshine. It’s up there gleaming, looking down on you, being all sunny despite the fact that you feel like a slice of hell.… Read More


When Thoughts Cause Stress: Steps on the Path to Mindfulness

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” ~Charles Swindoll

The notion that how we feel is directly caused by events around us, or directly involving us, is a scourge of our modern times. To believe that the external world and its perceived relationship to us is the major determinative factor in how we feel (“I can’t believe he/she said that to me—that’s so outrageous!”) is disempowering and self-destructive.… Read More

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Giveaway and Interview: Seeing, Knowing, Being by John Greer

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  • Tania L.
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  • Regardless of our individual beliefs, we all want to feel a sense of wholeness to experience the present moment with peace and connection.… Read More


    The Beauty of Nothing: Reflections on Impermanence

    “Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.” ~Heraclitus 

    I’m reclining on a pebble beach, my bag tucked under my head, a can of Fanta to the right of me, above me, the sky and before me, the sea. It’s a few miles out.

    I came here alone.… Read More


    Change Your Beliefs, Change Your Life

    “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” ~Proverb

    As I start a new day, grateful that I am pain-free, healthy, and strong, I reflect on the true meaning of health and how I ended up in this wonderful place.

    An outsider looking in might say I worked hard in the gym and spent thousands of dollars on treatments and services.… Read More

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    How Worrying Makes Life Less Joyful

    “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.” ~Leo Bucaglia

    As I stood on the street corner, tears streaming down my face, I called friends for confirmation that what I had just been told wasn’t true.

    My meeting with my “friend” had gone horribly wrong.… Read More


    Simple Reminders to Focus on What Matters in Life

    “Before someone’s tomorrow has been taken away, cherish those you love, appreciate them today.” ~Michelle C. Ustaszeski

    As tough as it sometimes feels, change and loss are woven into life. We cannot live a full life without them.

    Although both can be painful, they push us into a greater understanding of what matters in life, and they can help us become clearer about who we are since they provide a platform for substantial growth.… Read More


    Creating Peace by Finding a Connection to the Earth

    “You get peace of mind not by thinking about it or imagining it, but by quietening and relaxing the restless mind.” ~Remez Sasson

    In a world that constantly barrages us with information, it becomes a daily struggle to unplug and find peace. The “need to” and “should do” and “must do” of our ever-frantic lives overwhelms us and creates a stress that threatens to unravel.… Read More

    No Fear

    When You Fear Making the “Wrong” Decision

    “Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” ~Pema Chodron

    For the past three weeks, I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to move to Korea for a year. Some days, I’ve completely made up my mind to take the trip. I get excited about teaching myself Korean and spend hours and hours online learning about the culture.… Read More


    6 Tips to Tame Negative Thoughts for a Less Limited Life

    “You are your choices.” ~Seneca

    Lately I‘ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps. A few things have happened at work to make me feel like nothing’s going my way.

    I’m guessing that pretty much everyone experiences weeks like this from time to time. You know, where it feels like the whole world is against you.… Read More

    Tiny Wisdom Covers

    8 Reasons to Buy the Tiny Wisdom eBook Series (Available Now!)


    Since Tiny Buddha launched in 2009, I’ve written hundreds of “Tiny Wisdom” blog posts. In the beginning, I kept these short and peripheral.

    Over time, I started putting more of myself into them and giving them a lot more love and attention. Suddenly, these posts became far more popular than I ever thought they’d be.… Read More

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    A Letter from Your Calling

    “Every calling is great when greatly pursued.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

    It’s me. The one who keeps talking to you about that thing. That project. That possibility.

    I know you think you couldn’t be the one for the job, but honestly, if you weren’t the one for the job, I wouldn’t have come to you with it.… Read More


    Why We Need to Keep Growing: Lessons from Firewalking

    “Our lives improve only when we take chances and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.” ~Walter Anderson

    I recently ran across a chat site called “Why Grow Up?” Their tagline reads:

    “Why Grow Up? Why be responsible? Why act mature?

    Why play by rules?… Read More

    Open Your Heart

    Stay Safe or Risk Opening Your Heart?

    “When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless.” ~Pema Chodron

    As a child I learned boundaries. I learned what I wasn’t allowed to talk about outside of the family. I learned how far I could go with my parents before I faced their disapproval.… Read More

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    The Power of Acceptance: Stop Resisting and Find the Lesson

    “Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” ~Arthur Rubinstein

    Recently I have learned the true meaning of acceptance. I never in all my life thought I was going to experience certain emotions and be dealing with confusing situations, as I’m doing right now.… Read More

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    Scaling Back to Propel Yourself Forward in Work and Beyond

    “Your work is to discover your world and with all your heart give yourself to it.” ~Buddha

    Let me paint a picture for you, instead of clouding this post with emotion. To be more specific, I think I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and even if I wanted to cloud it with emotion, I would probably fail to convey the correct ones.… Read More


    4 Tips to Feel Less Stressed About the Uncertain Future

    “The quality of your life is in direct proportion to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably deal with.” ~Tony Robbins

    “Uncertainty” may be one of the least popular places to hang out.

    I hear this all the time from my clients, friends, and truth be told, from the voice inside my own head.… Read More

    Peaceful Buddha

    How Pain Can Guide Us and Make Us Whole

     “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.” ~Bernice Johnson Reagon

    We all internalize our suffering to one extent or another. Some of us instinctively take it to a point where it manifests as various physical aches and pains. When I was little, my body learned to carry the burden of the pain that was too big for my heart.… Read More

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