Recovery is the Practice of Love

We recover from addiction and trauma through the practice of love. What does this mean? Let’s first start with a definition of love. I think of love as an unconditional attitude of reverence for Life that inspires an...

Stillness Heals

If you want to see the ultimate truth of things, practice stillness. If you want to experience your sacred wholeness beneath the torrents of thoughts and emotions, practice stillness. Stillness heals, because in...

Clarity Heals

Clarity heals. Insight heals. Seeing the truth of things heals. Awareness heals. Nature has designed us to want to feel good and not feel bad. When we have clarity on what to do to feel good, we will naturally do that...

Integrity Heals

Integrity means to be honest, ethical, and moral in your conduct. When you have integrity, you live according to a higher set of love-based moral principles such as honesty, mutuality, and collaboration.  Integrity is...

Forgiveness Heals

  Forgiveness of both yourself and others is good for you. Forgiveness will help you to heal by releasing the pain of self-condemnation, hatred and resentment. You’ve probably been hurt, maybe even a lot, by many...

Nature Heals

I love research reports that reveal what we all already know to be true. One recent study found that people who spend 2 or more hours a week in Nature were happier. They had a greater sense of well-being. Indeed, it does...

Fun Heals

Life isn’t just about work and service. We are not created solely to nurture Life. We are also here to savor Life—to enjoy this miraculous gift of existence. If we are to put others first, we must first love ourselves....

Love Life

Love Life, even though it is sometimes dangerous. Even though it is often painful. Even though others can hurt us or let us down. Love Life, even though someday, it will all end. Life is a miracle. It is precious. It is...

Live with Integrity

Integrity is about doing the next right thing for the right reasons from moment to moment regardless of urges to do otherwise. It is about acting with virtue. It is about doing what is best for everyone, including yourself. When you have integrity, what you think,...

Look

Look closely that you might see. Listen carefully that you might hear. See and hear clearly that you might understand. Understand deeply that compassion might arise. Let compassion arise that forgiveness might also...

Put Others First

When I was younger, I would speed towards the parking space to get it before the other car. I was selfish. Even now, I experience impulses to gratify and soothe myself before considering the needs of others. I still have...

Love Heals

We’ve all heard the phrase “Love Heals.” Is this true? What does it mean, really? Let’s start with a definition of love. I think of love as a combination of two things. One is an attitude of reverence for Life. This...

Intentions

There are three mental practices that make prime the brain for change. They are visualization, affirmations, and intentions. Positive change starts with a positive vision of the life you want, positive affirmations of that vision, and positive intentions you commit to...

Affirmations

Once you have written out your life vision and key life goals, you need to go about making your dream life a reality. This requires daily, positive, purposeful action. Negative, self-limiting beliefs hinder the realization of our life vision. We counter negative,...

Visualize the Life You Want

For your life to get better on the outside, you first must get better on the inside. This requires certain practices. What you think and feel shape your actions. What we think, we become. Your actions shape your life. If you start the day with visualizing the life you...

Generosity

What is Generosity? When we are generous, we give. We give freely and joyfully, not begrudgingly. We give or our time, money, affection, skills, and assistance to others. We give more than is expected or required. If we are truly generous, we give without expecting...

Contentment

What is contentment? One of the love practices is the practice of contentment. Contentment is being happy with who we are, with the people in our lives, and with our life situation. It is a practice of reverence for the reality of this moment just as it is, reverence...

Empathy

What is empathy? Empathy is understanding the experience of someone else. This includes understanding another person’s feelings and thoughts. Affective empathy refers to when we actually feel what someone else is feeling. Cognitive empathy is when we intellectually...

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