“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
For years I lived an uneventful existence. I wasn’t happy. I wasn’t unhappy either. I was just sort of stuck.
I had a good career, earned lots of money, and I had great friends and a loving family. You would think that this doesn’t sound too bad, but I felt unfulfilled and unmotivated.… Read More
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley
I just spent the past 17 months of my life trying to find, travel to, or somehow earn happiness.
I had just given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy.… Read More
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama
A few years back, I worked in a medical practice.
I’d always been fascinated with medicine, and the position allowed me virtually free reign within the practice. I was able to sit in at the operating room during procedures, learn about the medical billing process, chat with patients in the physical therapy unit, and much more.… Read More
“Some people think it’s holding that makes one strong – sometimes it’s letting go.” ~Unknown
The human mind loves to find things to stress about.
There seems to constantly be something in our lives that causes us to worry. And when the thing that caused the worry disappears, we feel happy, but only for a short period of time until we find something else to stress about.… Read More
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron
We are currently in the midst of home improvement—what we thought would be a small “touch-up.” Nothing seemed too threatening on the surface, just a scratch here, a nick there. It would be a simple fix.… Read More
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” -Morris West
In the past I was not known as a happy, wild, and free person. (OK maybe wild, I had my moments…) In stuck phases, peppered with depression, darkness, and hopelessness, I often wondered what it would be like to feel happy, wild and free.… Read More
“The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” ~Unknown
This year, I decided to need less money. This way I could work less, which likely meant I would earn less.
I know this may sound like a backwards goal. Conventionally, we resolve to earn more, not less.… Read More
“If we are not fully ourselves, truly in the present moment, we miss everything.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
I’ve done a lot of stripping lately. It’s been liberating. I’ve been peeling away layers of the ego—all the accumulated stuff—to find who I am at the core.
It wasn’t too long ago when I noticed how quickly my life would go from an extreme high to an extreme low—how one moment could seem so perfect and wonderful, and then suddenly something would happen and it would turn into a less appealing scene.… Read More
“No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.” ~Brendan Francis
Anyone can be mindful for a moment or two, but developing your mindfulness muscle means that you have to take things to a higher level.
In today’s world it’s all too easy to get distracted from what’s truly important.… Read More
“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon
The first time I picked up a brush to paint I was 28 years old. I had never painted before, not even as a child. I couldn’t draw (except lousy little doodles) and never even thought I would enjoy painting.… Read More
Update: The winners have been chosen! If you didn’t win, you can purchase a copy of The Book of (Even More) Awesome on Amazon and don’t forget to subscribe to Tiny Buddha for daily (or weekly) words of wisdom!
Last year, I posted a review of The Book of Awesome, by Neil Pasricha—a compilation of blog posts from his wildly popular website, 1000 Awesome Things.… Read More
“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
The most important decision of your life, the one that will effect every other decision you make, is the commitment to love and accept yourself. It directly affects the quality of your relationships, your work, your free time, your faith, and your future.… Read More
“Never let lack of money interfere with having fun.” ~Unknown
Back when we were young, we may have asked our parents for money to do things, but more often than not, we found creative ways to have fun without spending a dime.
At least I know I did.
My cousins and I turned their bulkhead cellar doors into a slide—and the main attraction of our DIY amusement park.… Read More
“When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” -Lao Tzu
Somewhere in the distant past, out here in New Zealand, I recall someone saying to me “Be grateful for small mercies.”
Back in the 1950s, when I was a small girl, that meant being grateful for the simple things that made up the better part of my life.… Read More
“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~Unknown
When someone asks, “Are you happy?” we tend to look around at our peers and see how they are living.
If we’re better off than our peers, it’s likely that we decide to be happy.… Read More
“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.” ~Paul Boese
I have been heart-broken far longer than I think anyone should ever be. When my relationship ended, like a rock star, I blazed through the “mourning period” and bypassed the “become a new person” phase, then promptly got completely lost.… Read More
“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Once upon a time my mind was filled with negative talk and self-doubt. Those thoughts were so loud I could not hear my authentic, true self shine through. On a deeper level, I knew she existed, but I didn’t how to get to a place in which I could connect to her.… Read More
“The greater part of human pain is unnecessary. It is self-created as long as the unobserved mind runs your life.” ~Eckhart Tolle
For a very long time fear has controlled me. It has paralyzed me, kept me living in desperate situations, and stopped me from living the life of my dreams.… Read More
Here’s a quick video reminder about the first Tiny Buddha YouTube video. I’d love it if you would be involved!
What: Send in a quick video of something that makes you smile! I plan to edit them all together for one crowd-sourced feel-good video.
When: The deadline is Friday, April 1, 2011
Why: If Tiny Buddha has made you smile, this is a chance to pay that joy forward to others who may see the video.… Read More
As you may have noticed, there’s been a Tiny Buddha YouTube channel up for months now. There have been nearly 3,000 views on the page but, thus far, there aren’t any videos on there.
Today is the day that changes!
Since I launched this website in the fall of 2009, Tiny Buddha has been all about community.… Read More