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Listening

The Power of Literal Listening: Take the Stress Out of Communication

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ~Ernest Hemingway

If I’m honest, I don’t think I listened to another person until I was in my thirties. I wasn’t really listening, not completely. It’s not that I’m super selfish …

Monk Meditating

Why We Should Never Force Our Spiritual Beliefs on Other People

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” ~John Steinbeck

Couple with Arms Raised

5 Beliefs That Hurt Your Relationships (and How to Let Them Go)

“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy.” ~Tony Robbins

“I’m not great at relationships.” This is something I used to say all the time, to others and myself.

I’d had quite a few unhealthy friendships that …

Communication

A Simple Phrase That Can Prevent Arguments and Resentment

“It’s not the events of our lives that shape us, but our beliefs as to what those events mean.” ~Tony Robbins

I am always making up stories about what others think of me or what they really meant when they …

Fighters

Why We Should Accept Our Foes and Adversaries

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” ~George Orwell 

Reading the above title, you may be thinking, “Why should I accept people who are trying to harm or cause me trouble? They are the last people I would want to accept!” …

Letting Go

Relinquishing Control of Others: 5 Ways It Serves You

“Selfishness is not living your life as you wish to live it. Selfishness is wanting others to live their lives as you wish them to.” ~Oscar Wilde

My mother is a huge control freak. I am told she got it …

Man Sitting Alone

Grieving a Loss That Feels Like a Death

“Grief is like the ocean; it comes on waves ebbing and flowing. Sometimes the water is calm, and sometimes it is overwhelming. All we can do is learn to swim.” ~Vicki Harrison

Most grief books are written to help you …

Sad Man

4 Ways to Deal With Criticism So It Doesn’t Get You Down

“The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.” ~Elbert Hubbard

Are you afraid of receiving criticism?

Even if it’s minor or well-meaning, criticism can feel like a punch in the gut.

And if you …

Woman Making Love Symbol

How Curiosity Can Help Us Be Kinder and Less Judgmental

“Curiosity will conquer fear more than bravery ever will.” ~James Stephens

Earlier this year I wrote a pretty honest and open article about how I was trying to be less judgmental.

As with anything new, there’s a learning curve. Letting …

Arguing

Dealing with Toxic Relationships and Finding Emotional Freedom

“We would do ourselves a tremendous favor by letting go of the people who poison our spirit.” ~Unknown

My husband and I both have living grandparents. My daughter has met the grandparents on my husband’s side, but she hasn’t met …

Bored Couple

What to Do When Your Relationship Feels Stale and Stuck

“To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.” ~Mother Theresa

There comes a point when every couple arrives at the same crossroads. They ask: Is this relationship still the most important thing? Are we doing

Find Love

Finding Love Now Without Searching for It

“Even in the loneliest moments I have been there for myself.” ~Sanober Khan

My life coach once suggested I give myself the love I needed, which saddened me profoundly. Was that not supposed to be the job of “the love …

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Take the Love Pledge (You Could Win a Copy of Tiny Buddha’s New Love Book)

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate it! Today is a perfect day to take the Tiny Buddha love pledge if you haven’t already. Over 1,200 people have taken it over the last ten days.

I created this pledge …

Throw Kindness

Your Kindness Could Give Someone a Tiny Seed of Hope

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” ~Scott Adams

I was ten years old and growing up in a home that I can only describe as hellish. …

Remorseful Woman

5 Reasons We All Deserve Forgiveness

“To forgive is somehow associated with saying that it is all right, that we accept the evil deed. But this is not forgiveness. Forgiveness means that you fill yourself with love and you radiate that love outward and refuse to

Couple with Balloons

How Non-Attachment Can Benefit Your Relationship

“You only lose what you cling to.” ~Buddha

I remember one of my first mindfulness classes that pertained to impermanence. I went home in a bit of a slump.

Nothing is permanent; everything ends; “This too, shall pass.” It was …

Torn Paper

Breaking the Pattern of Painful, Unhealthy Relationships

“Do you want to meet the love of your life? Look in the mirror.” ~Byron Katie

As I was listening to other women talking in my support group for battered women, I had a life changing moment.

I caught a …

I Love Me

A Powerful Self-Love Practice: 8 Notes of Appreciation

“E-mail yourself a note of appreciation—for anything. Save it to read whenever you need a reminder of how amazing you are.” ~Lori Deschene, Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges, November 5th Challenge

Appreciating ourselves can be a …

Thinking Brain

4 Mistakes That Are Built into Your Brain

“Cognitive bias is the biggest self-imposed obstacle to progress, not only for oneself but in the end, for all mankind.” ~Unknown

On a beautiful Pittsburgh morning in 1995, McArthur Wheeler decided to rob a bank. Not just one bank, but …

Sad Girl

Moving Beyond Passive-Aggression: Stop Repressing Your Feelings

“Don’t let the fear of what people might think stop you from speaking your mind. Speak up, you deserve to be heard.” ~Unknown

I used to suffer from immense communication problems that manifested as passive-aggression. I had no idea how …

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