How to Get More Joy through Practice and Habits

How to Get More Joy through Practice and Habits

There’s a saying: What you practice grows stronger.  That’s fantastic if what you’re practicing is the violin or tennis or gratitude.  The human brain has a strong negativity bias, which was helpful when we were always on the lookout for danger from wild animals. Fear...
Journal with Me—Loving Kindness

Journal with Me—Loving Kindness

Self-compassion is an antidote to self-judgement — that tough inner critic in your head. Self-compassion includes the idea of being kind toward yourself as an imperfect human and also recognizing that you are worthy of care and concern.   It’s important to note...
Why We Need Compassion Now More Than Ever

Why We Need Compassion Now More Than Ever

I was walking on the fire road near my home a few days ago, being mindful of the need for social distancing — moving far to my side if someone was walking the other direction. Suddenly, four mountain bikers came at me at high speed, all only two feet from each other...
Journal with Me: Darkness as a Gift

Journal with Me: Darkness as a Gift

Mary Oliver wrote, “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this, too, was a gift.”  Often times when something dark or difficult happens, we want to push it away, out of our thoughts. We bury it as we don’t want...