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Finding Peace and Joy When Dealing with Pain and Loss

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“Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.” ~Richard Bach

There are times when nothing seems to move in the right direction. It is either stuck or goes from chaos to confusion. Days follow nights as pages on the calendar turn into months, but you remain at the same place.… Read More

Happy

Determine What Will Make You Happy by Identifying Your Values

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” ~Ayn Rand

For too many years, I played the part of the perfect little southern girl: I kept my mouth shut and my opinions to myself. I dressed properly, including panty hose, slips, and girdles. I didn’t laugh too loudly in public. … Read More

Free Downloadable Bookmark from Tiny Buddha and Buddha Doodles

I’ve recently fallen in love with a company called Buddha Doodles, run by cartoonist and illustrator Molly Hahn.

Buddha Doodles are whimsically illustrated affirmations. Molly’s mission is to inspire others to lead more mindful and positive lives, while shedding light on the inherent wisdom and joy that is available to each and every one of us at any moment.Read More

Let Light In

You Are Worthy of Receiving: 10 Things to Let into Your Life

“Happiness is really a deep inner satisfaction and approval” ~Francis Wiltshire

At the start of the year many of us make resolutions about what we want to give up, what we need to let go—from quitting smoking (did that 20+ years ago), to cutting back on alcohol (a work in progress), to cutting back on not-so-healthy foods (also in progress), to letting go of past “demons.”

There’s a lot to be gained by letting go of past pain, by breaking bad habits.… Read More

How Are You Using Your 86,400 Seconds?

“Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” ~Theophrastus

Don’t we all wish we had more time? Time to spend with loved ones. Time to finish solving a problem. Time to eat, pray, love. Time to exercise more. Time to travel to all the continents on the globe.

Time to finish that project.… Read More

I Love Life

7 Tips to Love Where You Are Right Now

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ~Margaret B Runbeck

It had been months since I’d gotten a good night’s sleep.

I’d wake up gasping from bad dreams throughout the night, and I’d feel an immediate knot in my stomach as soon as it was time to get up and face the day.… Read More

Deep in Thought

3 Reasons to Stop Worrying About Your Negative Thoughts

“Whatever you fight, you strengthen, and what you resist, persists.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Do you ever catch yourself being critical, judgmental, or full of fear and worry? And do you ever worry about how many negative thoughts you have? If you do, then this post is for you.

We’re taught that negative thoughts are bad, that they’re “toxic,” they “lower your vibration,” keep you stuck, and so on.… Read More

Smiling

Find Happiness Through Gratitude, Even When Times Are Tough

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.” ~Brother David Steindl-Rast

In the summer of 1993, my father was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.

He was only 58. Still just a kid.

To say the least, this was a devastating development.… Read More

Walking

You’ll Always Have This Day, No Matter Where It Leads

“If you surrender completely to the moment as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Last week on Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend Ehren and I had a meeting we’d both spent months working toward.

After writing and rewriting a romantic comedy screenplay for over a year, and consulting with a screenwriter friend to improve it, we’d finally secured a meeting with an agent—her agent.… Read More

Random Acts of Kindness

Book Giveaway – Random Acts of Kindness: Then and Now

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The Winners:

  • Kimberly
  • Keiki
  • Shannon
  • Elle
  • Angel
  • “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of love.” ~Ann Herbert

    An unsolicited financial donation right when you need it.… Read More

    You Are Not Powerless

    Lessons from Overcoming Depression: We Are Not Powerless

    “All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?” ~Buddha

    When I first started on the path of personal development, I naturally came to the question: What is the first step for me? There are certain improvements I could have made which would have had the biggest impact on my situation.… Read More

    10 Ways to Turn Around a Bad Day in 10 Minutes Or Less

    “Peace begins with a smile.” ~Mother Theresa

    Minor things can trigger bad days, whether it’s a having a tiff with your roommate, getting stuck in traffic, or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed.

    As a fitness instructor, I’ve found that one negative comment from a member in a class can completely derail an otherwise happy day.… Read More

    Friends

    The World Is a Kinder Place When You’re Kind

    “Don’t wait for people to be friendly. Show them how.” ~Unknown

    Sometimes I stop to think about how in the world I ended up where I have. I started off with very little, and somehow along the way I have ended up generally happy and on my own two feet.

    My adolescence up to my early twenties had its share of dark days.… Read More

    Smiling

    Stopping Comparisons: Reclaim Reality and Raise Your Self-Esteem

    “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel” ~Steve Furtick

    Have you ever wondered when the turning point was? When did you start questioning yourself and believing you were missing something? When did you stop thinking of yourself as invincible and start noticing what others called “flaws”?… Read More

    Who Do You Think You Are and Is It Limiting You?

    “To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.” ~Pema Chodron

    One of my yoga teachers, Johanna Aldrich, inspired me to inspect what I “thought” I was.

    “This is what I am, this is what I am not, this is what I do, this is what I don’t do, this is what I like, that is what I don’t like.” All the stories and behavior patterns gathered in 40+ years that I had created to define myself.… Read More

    Garden State Yogi

    Interview & Book Giveaway: Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi

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

    The Winners:

  • Louise
  • dafree
  • Dee
  • Yoga, road trips, and personal stories that border on TMI—these are all things I enjoy, which might explain why I was drawn to Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi.… Read More

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    Envy Can Teach You Why You’re Dissatisfied with Yourself

    “To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is: a dissatisfaction with self.” ~Joan Didion

    For a few years in the late 90s, I had a date with the green-eyed monster every other Monday at 6:00 PM on the dot.

    That was when my women artists support group met in my friend Anne’s studio.… Read More

    Heart

    Transform Your Life by Loving Yourself in Action

    “Your actions are your only true belongings.” ~Allan Lokos

    I used to be the kind of girl who relished in stable and perfect surroundings. I fanned my magazines. I scrubbed the inside of the refrigerator.

    I worked tirelessly to cultivate the external environment that I was lacking inside.

    Externally, things were in order.… Read More

    3 Reasons to Stop Trying So Hard to Be Positive and Peaceful

    “Freedom is instantaneous the moment we accept things as they are.” ~Karen Maezen Miller

    The world is filled with people who work hard at being positive, peaceful, and more spiritual and who then feel bad when they don’t measure up. I know because I used to be one of them. And I still am from time to time.… Read More

    Time

    Writing a Letter to Your Future Self: Love Who You’ll Become

    Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.” ~Chinese Proverb

    Yes, I had reached the age of 25. Still, I doubted this letter from my past would make it to me, all these years later. It was a simple creative writing assignment from when I was 15.… Read More

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