House Full of Hope

Background I was abused for 19 years by my father and others. Physically and emotionally. Then my dad died in ’92. For 6 more years, I would be physically and emotionally abused by my sister. At 25, I moved out, got married and I was free! From almost-daily emotional abuse. But. That day? That I … Read more

My story isn’t over yet

I grew up in a pretty normal, conservative, middle-class household. My parents weren’t super strict. Or super lenient. They were just sort of – average really… Piercing, body modifications and tattoos just weren’t our cup of tea. I remember my dad thinking it bizarre I wanted my ears pierced at 16. I did it anyway… Twice… Never in … Read more

Mantra Meditation

Mantra Meditation

Mantra meditation, which predates Buddhism, probably by hundreds of years, can be practiced by anyone and at any time. The power of mantra meditation is it focuses our mind so that it is no longer cluttered with distracting thoughts. This allows us to relax, center ourselves and create a deeper sense of awareness. The origins of … Read more

How to Embrace Yourself

How to Embrace Yourself

“I am in Love with Love” “and Love is in love with me” “My body is in Love with the soul” “and the soul is in Love with my body” “I opened my arms to Love” “and Love embraced me like a lover” -Rumi- Persian Poet (1207 –1273) Embracing who you are can be scary, … Read more

How To Master & Control Your Emotions Effectively

How To Master & Control Your Emotions Effectively

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” ~ Oscar Wilde I’ve been told that I have a fairly broad and deep emotional range. That can be a good thing because it means I feel things with sensitivity, complexity, and … Read more

Gratitude Meditation

Gratitude Meditation

Buddhist monks begin each day with a chant of gratitude for the blessings of their life. Native American elders begin each ceremony with grateful prayers to mother earth and father sky, to the four directions, to the animal, plant, and mineral brothers and sisters who share our earth and support our life. In Tibet, the … Read more

Gratitude Prayer, Affirmations and Quotes Images

Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: Studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well-being and happiness by doing so. People who regularly practice gratitude by taking time to notice and reflect upon the things they’re thankful for experience more positive emotions, feel … Read more

How to Stop Obsessive Thoughts & Thinking

How to Stop Obsessive Thoughts & Thinking

There’s something wrong with me, but it’s not something you can see. I’ve got no scar or suspect rash, no lump or bump or missing limb, no sudden slump or system crash. It’s this old ghost I’ve got, you see. It only shows its face to me. It plants these questions in my head and … Read more

What Should I Do Today? 35 Science-Backed Ways to Live Life Happily

What Should I Do Today 35 Science-Backed Ways to Live Life Happily

How to Live Life Happily? But here you will find a more important question: What Should I Do Today? Happiness is so interesting because we all have different ideas about what happiness is and how to get happiness. “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim, and end of human existence.” Aristotle … Read more

How to Let Go of Fear

How to Let Go of Fear

She Let Go She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go. She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head. She let go of the committee of indecision within her. She let go of all the ‘right’ … Read more