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Horizon

The Future Is Completely Open

The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment.” ~Pema Chodron

This quote reminds me of the song “Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty. I play that song in my yoga class a lot these days. I love the freedom in it, the expansiveness, the hope.… Read More

Loving Life

The Unexpected Path to Living the Life You Dream About

“Of course there is no formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” ~Arthur Rubinstein

I used to be a big fan of working hard, really hard. I still work hard, but I do it from a place of inspiration and peace, instead of fear and must.… Read More

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9 Reasons to Order the Tiny Buddha Book: Last Day for Bonus Items!

UPDATE: Please note the pre-order promotion for the Peace and Purpose Bonus Pack has now expired now that the book is officially available for purchase.

As you may have noticed from the various ads, tweets, and Facebook updates, I’ve been running a promotional campaign over the past month leading up to today—the official on-sale date for my first book Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.… Read More

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Tiny Buddha Twitter Party with Jonathan Fields and Gabrielle Bernstein

If I lived in a massive house and owned numerous private jets, I would personally fly all of you out to Los Angeles for a party to celebrate the launch of my first book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.

But since I only have a $10, a fortune from a cookie, and a button in my wallet, I hope you’ll join me for a Twitter party instead!… Read More

New Beginning

When You’ve Lost Your Sense of Purpose

 “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?” ~Mary Oliver

I was always the child with armfuls of books and big dreams. I wanted to be a writer. When the limit at the local library was six books, I borrowed all six, and then talked my sister into letting me borrow some of her weekly ration.… Read More

Treasure Chest

4 Treasures to Leave Behind

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” ~Buddha

As children, we were all fascinated by our own treasure hunts.… Read More

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The Tiny Buddha Book, Bonus Gifts, and Win a Kindle or DSLR Camera

UPDATE: Please note that the pre-order bonus promotion described in this blog post ended on December 8, 2011.

This is a post that’s been a year and a half in the making, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally write these words!

Today is the official pre-order launch day for my first print book, Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions, and I have some exciting promotions to share with you!… Read More

Sunrise

60 Life Lessons: Insights from Oprah’s Life Class

Call me a traitor to my gender, but I didn’t grow up watching Oprah. I didn’t have parties with other ladies that involved a television and tissues. I didn’t fill my library according to her book club recommendations. And I didn’t live my life around the question, “What would Oprah do?”

Considering my penchant for drama back then, I was more likely to curl up to Jerry Springer than a show without paternity tests and chair throwing.… Read More

Sunset

When You Keep Learning Instead of Taking Action

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~Horace 

It was day five without food, meditating in a cave in the Sahara desert.

In 2009, I skipped out on two weeks of my senior year of college to go to the desert.

Ever since I was a young I had been into exploring the boundaries of the self.… Read More

The Game of You

Interview and Giveaway: The Game of You by Lynn Zavaro

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

The winners:

  • Bribrina1
  • Marybeth
  • laney elaine
  • kabuslu
  • guylagalindo
  • Lynn Zavaro has very quickly become one of my greatest role models.

    When she first submitted a post to Tiny Buddha (50 Creative Questions to Help You Create the Life You Want) I felt like she was living inside my head.… Read More

    Relaxed

    Stop Pushing: The Art of Relaxed Achievement

    “Some people think it’s holding that makes one strong—sometimes it’s letting go.” ~Unknown

    A few weeks ago, I took a sip of my morning tea hoping that the day would be better than the prior ones. I had somehow tripped over the cracks of life and couldn’t seem to pull myself back.… Read More

    Crystal Clear Sky

    The Real Measure of Your Wealth

    “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” ~Unknown

    A wonderful story from the yogic tradition highlighting the true meaning of wealth goes something like this:

    There was once a beggar who spent his days sitting under an old banyan tree on the side of a dusty road that led to a bustling town.… Read More

    Self Love

    Realizing Your Self-Worth and Believing in Your Path

    “Your outlook on life is a direct reflection on how much you like yourself.” ~ Lululemon

    “My existence on this earth is pointless.”

    That thought crossed my mind every night before I fell asleep.

    It had been several months since I graduated from high school and I had no idea what I was going to do with my life.… Read More

    Freedom

    Define Success to Create Success, Starting Now

    “What matters is the value we’ve created in our lives, the people we’ve made happy, and how much we’ve grown as people.” ~Daisaku Ikeda

    Ahhh success! It sounds so good. We all want it, but are you brave enough to define what success means to you and go for it?

    Society conditions us to define success as being the best, attaining prosperity, making a lot money, or having a fancy CEO title.… Read More

    Collective Energy

    How to Accomplish Anything Leveraging Collective Energy

    “Success will never be a big step in the future; success is a small step taken just now.” ~Jonatan Mårtensson

    I love Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance program that has become a worldwide fitness phenomenon. At the three minute mark of every class, I am alive with how much I enjoy the workout: the rhythm, the moves, the music, the collective energy.… Read More

    Direction of Success

    How to Achieve Unexpected Success

    “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” ~Henry David Thoreau

    Success.

    A word defined by you and me.

    Do not be manipulated by the definitions applied to that word by others.… Read More

    Happy and Free

    4 Simple Ways to Experience Great Happiness and True Freedom

    “It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”  ~E.E. Cummings

    I love to write. For years I wrote in journals and kept them stacked in piles on my shelves.

    One rainy winter evening when I was 25, I walked into the Bourgeois Pig bookshop on Franklin Boulevard in Los Angeles and saw a book next to the cash register written by Natalie Goldberg called Wild Mind.Read More

    Jogging

    Realizing You Have Everything You Need

    “He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” ~Thomas Carlyle

    I grew up in a small town, Maysville, Kentucky, where I led the perfect, sheltered life. After graduating from high school, I pursued higher education at a local community college, and from there transferred to The University of Kentucky in Lexington.… Read More

    Freedom #2

    7 Steps to Move through Shame, Fear, and Regret

    “If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means you never take chances.” ~Julia Soul

    The moment comes when you are on your knees.

    You are filled with a knowing that there is something better. There is a life for you that you are not living and you are ready to live it.… Read More

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    Get Started on Your Dream: Clear the 5 Most Daunting Hurdles

    “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” ~Buddha

    A decade or so ago, when I was 20, I was supposed to settle into an “arranged marriage,” a common concept in India. I would never have known what it means to be financially independent, to go after my passions, and to be true to myself.… Read More

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