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...

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...
Intentions

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...

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