Posts Tagged as: gratitude

9 strategies for surviving the holidays with an open heart

The holiday season can be a mixed bag – joy, laughter, generosity, drama, triggers, conflict. For some it’s a season to look forward to; for others it’s a season to dread. No matter how you feel about the holiday season there are practices you can engage in to survive the holiday season with an open…

4 good things about pain

Pain is inevitable. In the past, I constructed my life to avoid pain at all costs. Through distraction, chronic busyness, and various types of numbing I managed to successfully navigate away from pain, but in the process I ended up avoiding life. I would try to predict the future and if there was a possibility…

{gem of the present} on gratitude

Life is good. And it’s not because my student loans were paid off by an angel investor {’cause they weren’t} or because I’m going on the adventure I’ve always dreamed of {’cause I’m not} or because challenging relationships are now peaceful {’cause they aren’t}. It’s because I upped my gratitude practice. That’s all that’s changed….

a strategy for switching off fear

Fear can be a good thing. In the early years of humanity, it protected our ancestors from saber-tooth tigers. It encouraged them to run, fight, or hide in order to save their lives. Fear is a natural and helpful feeling. It’s also one of the strongest emotions that we can experience, so strong that it can…