How to Just Be: 5 Life Lessons I Learned from Watching Sunsets

“Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” ~C. JoyBell C. “You need to just be.” At the time I didn’t understand my teacher’s words. My identity entwined itself with my ambition. I fought inner emptiness by overloading my calendar. I fought loneliness by …

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Words to Live by: 45 Inspirational Quotes from the Dalai Lama

Looking for just the right words to put your life and circumstances into perspective? Check out this collection of 45 of the Dalai Lama’s most inspirational quotations. His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, serves as a worldwide spiritual leader. He is committed to helping people of all religious traditions find happiness, and teaches …

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1 Realization That Will Help You Show Up Big and Brave Even When You Feel Scared and Inadequate

What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What dreams are lurking under the surface of your life? What questions are still to be lived? What gifts to be shared? Part of you wants to find out. But another part lives cautious and careful. You have a lot to lose, after all. You ask yourself, …

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21 Posts You Need to Read When You are Struggling to Let Go

It sounds so easy. Except that it isn’t. Letting go. The feelings follow you, even when you try to leave them behind. And sometimes there’s a part of you that wants it that way. We hold onto so many things—relationships, memories, expectations, hopes, and even belongings. The truth is, our lives are largely defined by …

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7 Ways to Make a Difference for a Friend Who Struggles with Anxiety

Picture yourself looking at your phone, scratching your head. Your friend cancelled on you again. And you’re pretty sure it’s because of anxiety. You care about them. You believe in their good qualities. You enjoy them as a person. But you have no idea what to do when this keeps happening. You want to help, …

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Forgiveness: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding Freedom from the Past and Peace in the Future

It eats at you. The resentment. The pain. You wish it weren’t like this. That you didn’t have to feel this way. That things had happened differently. But they didn’t. Some things can never be forgiven, you remind yourself. But sometimes you wonder, can they? Because the truth is, you’d like to be free. To …

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How to Live With an Open Heart in Times of Stress

Did you catch my guest post at Love Wide Open? “You can actually heal your heart by opening it. Amazing, right? When you see stress as a threat, your cardiovascular system literally tightens. Your blood vessels constrict and inflammation increases. It’s a biological carryover from times when humans faced more physical threats. It’s great news …

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Why You Should Forgive Yourself if You Want to Make Up for Your Past Mistakes

The regret follows you. Regardless of what you’re doing now, you’re also reliving then. You wish you could stop. Rewind. Redo. Since you can’t, you replay. Again and again. It’s like a form of penance. But what if there were a better way? A way to not only give your past mistakes meaning, but to …

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