“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” ~Thomas Merton
“If you have aspirin, please take it now. It might be bitter, but if you’re having a heart attack, it will help.”
If I wasn’t already anxious, hearing this advice the nurse gave me certainly didn’t help.… Read More
“The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.” ~Pema Chodron
Statistically, a lot of people have given up on their resolutions by now. The definition of a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.”
When I examine the firm decisions I’ve made, I can’t help but notice that we all have the same lists.… Read More
“There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate.” ~Robert Brault
A few years ago it happened, and it couldn’t have come at a better moment.
At the time I was involved in a monthly get together with my cousins. We were a group of eight cousins getting together to talk about family and life in general.… Read More
“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda
I have always loved that scene in American Beauty when Ricky Fitts shows his video of a plastic bag blowing in the wind.
He’s the complete opposite of his neighbor Lester Burnham, who seems to have decided long ago to live life in a comatose state of submission, completely disconnected from authentic joy.… Read More
Tiny Buddha’s Handbook for Peace and Happiness is the ultimate guide of Tiny Buddha wisdom, based on some of the most popular posts and quotes from the site. You’ll also find 4 posts not previously published on tinybuddha.com.
Through this eBook, I’ve shared myself authentically and vulnerably, and have also offered countless action-oriented suggestions to improve your state of mind, enhance your relationships, identify what makes you feel passionate and purposeful, and find the courage to overcome obstacles and seize your dreams.… Read More
Update: The winners have already been chosen for this giveaway. Subscribe to The Tiny Buddha List to learn about future contests, and click below to purchase this eBook for $10.97!
Since I launched tinybuddha.com in September, 2009, I’ve hosted quite a few giveaways for books that moved me.
Today is a very exciting day for me—one that’s a year in a half in the making: Today I am giving away 5 free copies of my book.… Read More
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” ~Neale Walsh
Have you ever thought about doing something way out there–and then done it?
I became intrigued with Patch Adams and his philosophy of medicine and healing after seeing the movie about him starring Robin Williams.
This came on the heels of my daughter Nava’s miraculous survival and full recovery from a medical crisis that involved a year-long hospitalization.… Read More
“We must never forget that it is through our actions, words, and thoughts that we have a choice.” -Sogyal Rinpoche
I grew up deep in the “Bible Belt” in Texas and along with that came the teaching that certain beliefs were never to be questioned. This kept life simple and reduced choices but it also left me with the baggage of dogmas I no longer accept.… Read More
“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.” ~Jack Dixon
I originally started to write a post offering tons of different New Year’s resolutions and tips to stick to them to create lasting change.
After all, that’s what we bloggers do around December 31st: share our best practices for improving our lives as December rolls into January—compile well-researched suggestions to change and do it consistently, despite knowing most people give up on resolutions within weeks of setting them.… Read More
“The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Yesterday I was talking to my dear friend Erin about all the pressures to be perfect—to be more than just enough. To always be striving to be 100%.
I realized later that this has been going on all my life.… Read More
Sometimes in the name of being good we forget to be good to ourselves. We put so much energy into meeting other people’s needs that we fail to meet our own. And yet that doesn’t change that we have needs–it just pushes us to deny them or to find manipulative ways of getting them met.… Read More
With the holiday season fast approaching, I’ve recently received a number of emails from people interested in purchasing Tiny Buddha-themed gifts.
It seems a lot of readers discovered Tiny Buddha through friends, and wanted to share a little wisdom to say thanks.
With this in mind, I reached out to Joshua Denney, who designed the Tiny Buddha logo, to create a few quote and logo-based products you may enjoy.… Read More
“You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” ~Unknown
There’s something magical about this time of year, and it has nothing to do with the Santas posted like soldiers at various points throughout the globe or the million volts of electricity that light up Main Streets the world over.… Read More
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”~Dalai Lama
Some days I wake up with rocket fuel in my veins, ready to take the day by storm. Happiness comes totally natural. But on others it can feel like I have lead weights strapped to my shoes.
Have you ever been there?… Read More
“Don’t miss all the beautiful colors of the rainbow looking for that pot of gold.” ~Unknown
His hands were covered in dirt. His face looked slightly like Dick Van Dyke’s when he was chim-chiminey-ing his way around Mary Poppins. He was crouched down next to a tree, digging around in the earth.… Read More
“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.” -Buddha
Depending on where you’re from, you may celebrate Thanksgiving today. You might get together with your family over a massive gravy-drenched feast. You might celebrate with a chosen family of friends, with traditional food, vegan fare, or a nontraditional fast food spread.… Read More
Update: This winners for this giveaway have already been chosen. Subscribe to the Tiny Buddha List to learn about future contests!
It’s no secret: I love doing giveaways. I’ve done quite a few here in the past, but I’m particularly excited to give away 5 copies of A Little Book of Thank Yous today.… Read More
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the number of moments that take your breath away.”
Tomorrow as many people celebrate Thanksgiving Day with their loved ones, fully enjoy the day and take it all in.
This day is traditionally a time to be with families, friends, and loved ones.… Read More
“Appreciation is an excellent thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us, as well.” ~Voltaire
Halloween is the coming attractions preview of the holidays. Those little witches, ghosts, and goblins will soon morph into angels, wise men, and reindeer, and the candy you gave in October will give way to more expensive gift-giving in December.… Read More
“Life is a choice.” -Unknown
I’ve recently realized that life is a never-ending stream of choices, even when you think you don’t have many options.
Some look insignificant on their own but somehow manage to contribute to a massive whole. Others can feel overwhelming, and you don’t always realize when you make them what the consequences will be–how they’ll shape your life story.… Read More