How Complaining Rewires Your Brain for Negativity

“Spending today complaining about yesterday won't make tomorrow any better.” ~Unknown When I was about sixteen or so, one of my parent’s friends got into some trouble with the law. When we’d visit him he’d often shake his head from side to side and mumble, my life is in the toilet. He said it many times, for many years, even when...

How to Mindfully Calm Your Anger and Stop Doing Things You Regret

“Neurologists claim that every time you resist acting on your anger, you’re actually rewiring your brain to be calmer and more loving.” ~Unknown One of the most impactful ways that mindfulness has changed my life is how I’m able to work with my feelings of anger. Anyone who has met me in recent years would never know how anger used to...

5 Steps to Get Yourself Out Of A Mental Rut

Do you ever find yourself in a mental rut? Sometimes you have days, or even weeks, whereby as much as a part of you wants to be active, you just can’t bring yourself to do so. It can literally feel like you’re wading through quicksand! There’s one thing, however, that can not only help get you out of the rut but...

The Dangers of Being Too Busy and How to Restore Your Health and Sanity

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn Busy doesn’t adequately describe my life over the past few years. Let’s say it was a hurricane of a schedule, with extra storms and a tsunami thrown in. Looking back from my current safe vantage point, I’m not sure how I survived. The Stress Of A...

3 Things to Remember When Facing Emotional Pain

“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us—how we can take it, what we do with it—and that is what really counts in the end.” ~Joseph Fort Newton Life is messy. Sometimes it's so beautiful that I feel blinded by the glory I have the privilege...

How to Move On: What It Really Means to Let Go

“Don’t let the darkness from your past block the light of joy in your present. What happened is done. Stop giving time to things which no longer exist, when there is so much joy to be found here and now.” ~Karen Salmansohn If you are lucky enough to spend time in mindful communities you will hear the phrase “letting go”...

The Introvert’s Brain: Why They Might “Think Too Much”

“Only those who care about you can hear when you are quiet.” ~Unknown I find it difficult to be understood. I seem to frequently create complexity out of something that is perhaps very simple and straightforward to others. For example, going to a movie. For many people, it would be “choose a movie, choose a time, choose a cinema” and there...

How to Stop Beating Yourself Up Over the Little Things

“You are perfect just as you are and you could use a little improvement.” ~Shunryu Suzuki-roshi A few weeks ago, I had a day that I felt like an utter failure. I had eaten junk food even though I was trying to get healthy. I’d skipped out on going to the gym for no good reason. I forgot to call my...

You are Not Broken, You are Breaking Through

There will always be days like these. Always. Ones that make you feel like switching off the sun, crawling underneath your skin and forgetting about this whole catastrophic cantankerous world. Today is too much. Yesterday was more than enough. Tomorrow you just don’t want to know. You feel broken. Your cells feel fractured in millions of places, each one dangerously free-falling out...

The Pain Won’t Go Away Until We Learn the Lesson

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” ~Pema Chodron Wounds I thought were healed began to burst open after a recent breakup. I had obviously not learned the lessons I was meant to years ago. As a child I put 100 percent effort into everything I did, from schoolwork and swimming training to leadership...

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