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Category “change & challenges”

Sad

When Painful Things Happen and You Don’t Understand Why

We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

I used to be a “why” person. Why you ask? Because after receiving my middle daughter’s diagnosis of a neurological condition, I got really hooked into “why me” mode, and it just ate away at every fiber of my core.… Read More

Peace

Peace Is Learning the Lesson

“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” ~Buddha

It’s strange to feel peace while a part of your heart is being chipped away.

I’m in the middle of a heart chipping, but the longer it goes on, the more I’m realizing that it needs to be removed before it hardens the rest of the organ. … Read More

Friends

When Friends Fear We May Judge Them

“When you judge another, you do not define them. You define yourself.” ~Wayne Dwyer

One of the times I felt my lowest was when I found out a best friend didn’t tell me something important that had happened in her life. I felt about an inch tall when she said she feared I would judge her if she told me, and that’s why she kept it a secret.… Read More

Be Present

3 Keys to Staying Present under Pressure

“The only pressure I’m under is the pressure I’ve put on myself.” ~Mark Messier   

Back when Earth was cooling, I was a broker at Shearson Lehman Brothers. I still have nightmares about the pressure there—the pressure to sell stocks and bonds, to succeed, to be the best in the office, and to forget what is really important in life.… Read More

Scared

Speaking Up When You’re Bullied, in School and Beyond

“Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.” ~Lauren Raffo

During the summer of 2001, I experienced three months of torment.

My days were filled with verbal lashings, public humiliation, and pushing my body to its physical limits. I was being broken down. I chose to accept this as my normal.… Read More

Come So Far

Knowing How Far You’ve Come: 8 Tips to Celebrate Your Growth

“Always concentrate on how far you’ve come, rather than how far you have left to go.” ~Unknown

It is laughably easy to forget to stop and take stock of how far we have come in our lives. Our world focuses so much on what we lack—be it money, beauty, prestige, or romantic success—that it is far too common for us to get trapped in the loop of needing to have, be, or do “more” before thinking that we might be good enough.… Read More

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Giveaway and Interview: Saying Yes to Change

Editor’s Note: The winners for this giveaway have already been chosen. Subscribe to Tiny Buddha to receive free daily or weekly emails and to learn about future giveaways!

The Winners:

  • Julie Parias
  • Marybethpetri
  • Have you ever formed a friendship with someone whose beliefs differ from yours only to realize you have quite a bit in common?… Read More

    Deep Thought

    Knowing Which Advice is Right

    “Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.” ~Buddha

    The old cliché, “I say tomayto, you say tomahto,” has been popping up in my head recently, mainly because of a lesson I recently learned after years of trial and error.… Read More

    Arms Wide Open

    Growing from Pain and Using it to Discover Who You Are

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

    At the age of 37, my beautiful young mother, who I considered my best friend, crashed her car in light rain just around the corner from our home. We will never know what really happened because she woke up from her brain injury a very different person from the one who drove away that morning.… Read More

    The Power of Community

    6 Reasons We Need Each Other: The Power of Community

    “Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That’s why it’s a comfort to go hand in hand.” ~Emily Kimbrough

    Even though it was 18 months ago, I still remember my climb up Kilimanjaro like it was yesterday.

    Taking those final steps toward the summit with tears in my eyes because I never believed that I—someone who grew up this sick little kid who held a deep-seated belief that she’d never be “an athlete”—would do something that thousands each year, including world-class athletes, cannot.… Read More

    Walking Dog

    Finding Positive Ways to Express Difficult Emotions

    “Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

    Each day, month, or year I want to be something different when I grow up. At some point I want to open up a smoothie truck with a best friend, I want to teach yoga to cancer patients, and I want to travel to Australia and become a bartender just to support myself.… Read More

    Love

    Releasing Judgment and Allowing Others to Have Their Process

     “Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.”  ~Sri Chinmoy

    We live in a world of judgment. We qualify everything in varying degrees of right and wrong, good and bad, pretty and ugly.

    We are taught from earliest childhood to judge everything and everyone.… Read More

    Start the climb

    Start the Climb: Take One Purposeful Step

    Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.” ~H. Jackson Browne

    When I close my eyes and ponder the dreams that I have, the hopes and wishes that I cradle in my heart, I wonder what has prevented me from reaching for and achieving them. … Read More

    Peaceful

    Creating an Inner Peace That Endures

    “Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life, but the ability to cope with it.” ~Unknown

    Like many people, I lived my life for a lot of years failing to understand inner peace is a choice. I am not sure what I thought. Perhaps I didn’t believe anyone could feel a lasting peace inside.… Read More

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    Are Things Happening For You or Against You?

    “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.” ~Buddha

    Your life is much like a radio.

    If you’re in control of it, then you can actually tune in and make sense. Then you can set your dial on the talk-back radio show, listen to that, and learn some things, or you can set your dial onto music and have an enjoyable time.… Read More

    Hope

    Hope is the Antidote for Fear

    “Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real.” ~Neale Donald Walsch

    In a moment of despair—moments I find have been increasing this year—I turned to this site for a little comfort. After reading a couple articles, seeing that I wasn’t alone in what I was feeling, I still couldn’t help but remain terrified of the next part of my life.… Read More

    The Sun Will Come Out

    It Could Be Far Worse

    “If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.” ~Robert Quillen

    This weekend someone broke into my apartment and stole everything of significant monetary value that I owned.

    They stole my jewelry box, with pieces I got from my boyfriend, his mother, and my sister, after she’d gone through a break-up and wanted to unload a vast collection from her past.… Read More

    Moving Forward

    Sometimes We Need to Go Backward Before We Can Move Forward

    “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” ~Albert Einstein

    There I was in January, on the floor, physically and emotionally. From the outside, I probably looked like every one else attending yoga class off Robertson Blvd. that Sunday morning, but to me, on the inside, especially within my heart, I was in shambles.… Read More

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    Small Steps to Help You Act in Spite of Your Fear

    “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” ~Nelson Mandela

    My dog, Elvis, is a sweetheart and a scaredy cat. When our vet found him, he was roaming free with a wire collar embedded in his neck and a raging case of mange. It took her thirty minutes to chase him down and three months to nurse him back to health.… Read More

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    3 Tools to Help You Crush Your Fears

     

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

    Though there are many events outside of our control, we do have the power to change our own lives. So what’s stopping us?

    In a word: fear.

    Fear is a great survival instinct. It helped our ancestors survive the rigors of daily life.… Read More

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