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...
Self-Forgiveness

Self-Forgiveness

Many of us lack a sense of peace due to a lack of self-forgiveness. Lack of self-forgiveness can haunt us. Do you cringe when memories surface of mistakes you have made and people you have harmed? It is painful. It brings on feelings of both guilt and shame that can...
12 Stupid Things

12 Stupid Things

It seems that in addiction, recovery, and life, good things often come in 12s. First there were the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Now, Allen Berger, Ph.D. has come up with 4 gems that all contain dozens of benefits for those in recovery from addiction. They are;...
Renounce All Addicting

Renounce All Addicting

During early recovery, the primary focus is on renunciation, though people also begin the integration and repair process and at least think about their personal growth and spirituality. For some, renunciation gets a bad rap. People think of it as deprivation. This...
How to Change

How to Change

Change can be difficult. We all have habitual ways of being and behaving that can be unskillful and cause suffering. Sometimes we feel helpless as we ride the roller coaster of our thoughts, feelings, impulses and compulsive behaviors. The good news is that change is...
Self-Centeredness

Self-Centeredness

What do you think about all day? If it is mostly about you, then you may suffer from self-centeredness. People consider self-centeredness to be a negative character trait. If you are self-centered, the first thing to do is to not beat yourself up about it. If you do,...
The Practice of Joy

The Practice of Joy

Joy is our true nature. You need only watch children playing in the park to see our joyful essence expressed. We all have the capacity to experience peace and joy. But joy is not something to be pursued, for if you attempt to pursue joy, it will evade your grasp. Like...

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