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 seeds of selfishness. What I’ve learned is that...

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 attitude then inspires actions to nurture Life—our...

Cultivate Self-Forgiveness

One of the practices for cultivating reverence for ourselves is the practice of cultivating self-forgiveness. Do you suffer from feelings of harsh self-criticism? Do you have feelings of being unworthy? Do you ever cringe inside when you think back on mistakes you...

Seek Fulfillment over Gratification

Nature has designed us to want to feel good and not feel bad. For most of us, this is our life agenda. But what does it mean to feel good? For many of us, feeling good means the gratification of urges such as the urges for food, money, power, fun, sex, or the...

Don’t take yourself personally

How often has the thought arisen, “I can’t believe I did that!” (or thought that…, or felt that). “I’m such an idiot!” How often do you find your mind judging itself? How often do you experience self-criticism, shame, self-hatred, or a global feeling of unworthiness?...

Everything and Nothing can Make You Happy

It is ironic that in a society with so much abundance there is so much unhappiness. This is because we confuse pleasure and gratification with happiness. We mistakenly believe that happiness depends on having the right conditions—on having our cravings satisfied. The...

Positive Intentions Promote Positive Change

Your intentions help you heal and grow. Intentions help you create the life you want. Intentions are the foundation of an intentional life, lived on purpose, to achieve your life vision. Intentions give focus and direction to your daily actions. They channel your...

Change starts with self acceptance

There is a paradox to healing and transformation. The paradox is that to heal and transform, we must start with acceptance of ourselves exactly as we are. Change requires reverent self-acceptance. Why is this? Think about this for a moment. If you are caught up in...

Recovery Requires Reverence

We cannot recover out of self-hatred. Self-hatred only fuels addiction. Why else would we engage in good-now-bad-later behavior if there was not a part of us that lacked reverence for ourselves? For example, if you diet because you hate how you look, your self-hatred...

There is a better way

If you are caught in addiction—and we are all caught in addiction to some degree—know that there is a better way. We all suffer from addiction. We all engage in compulsive good now—bad later behaviors. It can be as subtle as not speaking the truth to someone for fear...

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