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Category “mindfulness & peace”

Buddha Detail

Remember to Breathe: How to Feel Calm, Peaceful, and Loving

“Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world as being able to remake ourselves.” ~Gandhi

At some point during 2005 I discovered the sense that I am connected to everything; that nothing exists outside of me. This realization came while surfing with a friend of mine.… Read More

Happy Woman

Uplifting Depression: 15 Unexpected Lessons from Adversity

“Whenever something negative happens to you, there is a deep lesson concealed within it.” ~Eckhart Tolle

Two years ago, reading this quote, I would smirk and think, “What a cliché.”

In the last two years, I would read this quote and be in utter disbelief that anything can be learned when one is in the depths of hell.… Read More

Feeling Free

How Planning Less Can Set You Free

“Life is a process of becoming. A combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” ~Anais Nin

Normally my girlfriend and I have a routine for Saturday mornings:

She goes to yoga at eleven AM and then heads into Central London to do a small amount of shopping, and perhaps visit a museum.… Read More

Happy Dog

What Dogs Teach Us about Peace, Joy, and Living in the Now

“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” ~Marianne Williamson

Are you a dog lover? I know I am.

Animals of all kinds can bring us so much joy, not only when things are going well, but also when we feel pain and are suffering.… Read More


4 Steps to Address How You Really Feel

“Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.” ~ Buddha

I am a very emotional person. I suspect I feel things about ten times more intensely than the average person.… Read More

New Day

Create Solutions, Not Resolutions

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

With 2012 just starting, New Year’s resolutions are on everyone’s mind.

I’ve never liked the word “resolution.” As defined in the dictionary, resolution means “a firm decision to do or not do something,” and anyone who’s ever done, well, anything knows that life rarely works like that.… Read More

Tiny Buddha

Tiny Buddha Book Giveaway and Top 10 Insights of 2011

Important Note: The winners for this giveaway have already been chosen! You can purchase Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions on Also, be sure to subscribe to Tiny Buddha for free daily or weekly emails!

The winners:

  • DeniseJane2010
  • Cd_at_aspenacres
  • Printpopceo
  • Happy almost 2012!

    It’s been an exciting year for Tiny Buddha.… Read More


    6 Ways to Find Composure When You Feel Panicked

    “Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” ~Joan Borysenko

    I had a terrible morning. I needed to make a short YouTube video to promote my therapy practice, and I thought it would take twenty minutes at the most.

    The technology was more complicated than I thought.… Read More


    Letting Go of the Fear of Uncertainty and Embracing Adventure

    “Each time you stay present with fear and uncertainty, you’re letting go of a habitual way of finding security and comfort.” ~ Pema Chodron

    Being the thought-out planner with a neatly plotted road map—and a compass tightly gripped in one hand, pointing due north—I cringe a bit (okay, a lot actually) at the thought of changing direction, being adventurous, and going off the beaten path.… Read More

    Deep in Thought

    On Tough Choices: How to Make Peace with Your Decision

    “To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” ~Unknown

    After four years, four months and seven days of a long distance relationship with a mountain guide (between my NYC apartment and Maine, northern New Hampshire, Jackson Hole, WY, and various other parts of mountainous America), I was at the end of my rope, so to speak.… Read More

    Outside Office

    How to Create Your Ideal Day in Work and Play

     “Every new day is another chance to change your life” ~Unknown

    Take a moment to imagine it: your ideal day. At work or at play. Big events or routine tasks.

    Imagine how you’d feel as you yawn, stretch, and step out of bed. What your first action would be. Your second.… Read More


    You Are Good Enough and You Deserve the Best

    “What other people think of me is none of my business.” ~Wayne Dyer

    We sometimes make excuses as to why we don’t deserve the best.

    We say that our relationship with our partner is good enough and that other people have much worse relationships. We don’t reach for our dreams because doing so would make us feel too selfish.… Read More


    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

    Just One Thing

    Book Giveaway and Interview with Rick Hanson: Develop a Buddha Brain

    Update: 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:

  • Adam Ertur
  • James Cuzella
  • I read a lot of books about mindfulness; this was by far one of my favorites. In his book Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, Rick Hanson offers practical, daily practices, backed by the latest in brain research, to help us avoid stress, improve our mood, enjoy life more fully, and develop emotional resilience.… Read More


    This Too Shall Pass and Other Reminders

    “How we remember, what we remember and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality.” ~Christina Baldwin

    I tend to be a forgetful person. To try to remedy this, my dad and I put in a four foot by eight foot whiteboard just inside the front door to my house.… Read More


    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


    6 Crucial Lessons to Help You Live Fearless and Free

    “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” ~Marianne Williamson

    I got my masters in Clinical Social Work and became a therapist in 1997.

    A year later, I got my PHD in Fear.

    After a decade as a talent agent predominantly for super models, I was burned out.… Read More

    Brain Hurts

    Be Good to Yourself: It’s Not You, It’s Your Brain

    Update: 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:

  • Jess G
  • Sam
  • Patrick
  • “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

    If you had met me at a party a decade or so ago, I’m sure you would have walked away with the impression I was a bit of a miserable and pessimistic person.… Read More


    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

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