Visualize the Life You Want

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...

The Miracle Morning

How you start your day determines in large part how your day will go. How each day goes determines how your life will go. If you want your life to get better on the outside, you must first get better on the inside. Bettering yourself requires regular practice—working...

Hope

What is hope? People speak of different kinds of hope, including inborn hope, chosen hope, borrowed hope, bargainer’s hope, unrealistic hope, false hope, and mature hope. Let’s focus on mature hope. Mature hope arises from seeing the nature of things clearly. We see...
Generosity

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

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...
Compassion

Compassion

What is compassion? Compassion is an action we take to relieve suffering. It can be towards ourselves, as in self-compassion, or towards others. It can be as simple as telling someone, “I’m sorry you’re going through such a tough time,” or just being with someone in...
The Practice of Love

The Practice of Love

Growth is a process of learning to live more skillfully. This requires practice. We become masters of any skill with about 10,000 hours of practice. So, to become masters at the art of living requires many hours of practice over a lifetime. But what do we practice?...
Non-Judgment

Non-Judgment

Judging ourselves or others for who we are blocks the flow of love and forgiveness. We have no right to judge others, just as others have no right to judge us. Everyone experiences negative emotions and thoughts and behaves unskillfully. While we may judge another’s...
Forgiveness

Forgiveness

In my previous blog I discussed self-forgiveness. Just as we should cultivate forgiveness for ourselves, so should we cultivate forgiveness for others. Why? Because resentments poison us. They make us spiritually ill. There is a saying that “hatred destroys the...

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