5 Powerful Ways to Develop a Positive Mindset

In order to carry out a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. – Dalai Lama What is your positive vision for yourself and for your life? This is an important questions to consider when making the choice to move through life with a positive mindset. Last week’s blog post discussed staying positive […]

Staying Positive Through Tough Times

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” — Theodore Roosevelt It’s easy to have a positive outlook on life when things are going well, isn’t it? We notice the beauty around us; we have a bounce to our step. We appreciate the people and things in our lives. And then…life happens. We suffer setbacks in […]

Reflections on Thanksgiving

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. — Ralph Waldo Emerson All across the USA, people are preparing for Thanksgiving. It all began back in 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe celebrated together […]

Gonna have to face it you’re addicted to love

Over the last couple decades, the way society views love, mental health and addiction has changed drastically. Most evidently in the world of addiction, we now know that you can be addicted to much more than just a chemical stimulant. Not that addiction to love, food, or even stress are new, or have somehow changed. […]

Helping the co-dependent recover

Codependent relationships all have certain characteristics in common. These relationships consist of one person who loves an individual who is addicted to some form of harmful behavior. Quite often someone we care deeply about is in a codependent relationship of one sort or another and as someone who cares about them as well, it’s our […]

Acknowledging Your Place in the World

Part of embracing the now is acknowledging your place in the world. Now, that may sound fatalistic but I assure you, I don’t mean to detract from anyone’s personal greatness nor uniqueness by making this statement. Rather, I believe that sometimes in our quest to find a niche for ourselves—a one-of-a-kind niche—we drift away from […]

Why We Should Strive to Be More Like Animals

Being human is an amazing experience, with all its wonders and flaws. Having the capability to perform complex mathematical problems and reason in philosophical abstracts is an amazing gift, and even the things that limit us—such as anxiety over what the future holds—are boons in their own way (plus, hey, opposable thumbs!). However, the intricacies […]

Mindfulness Movie Night

The idea of using non-documentary movies to explore the world of mindfulness and present-day living might seem a bit far-fetched. However, I want you to suspend your disbelief (after all, we’re talking movies, here!) for a moment and hear me out. There are several fictional movies across just as many genres that can help us […]

Add a Tad of Mindfulness to Your Workout

Making exercise a priority in your life is an admirable endeavor. The health benefits of getting a workout in a few times a week are well-documented, and many people who struggle with beginning an exercise regime often report feeling both physical and mental improvements after the regime becomes a part of their normal routine. Increased […]

A Word on Listening to Your Inner Voice

We all have a running monologue inside our heads. Sometimes, it’s a simple stream of consciousness, like a narrator speaking about our actions as we engage in them. At other times, it’s a critical analysis of our every doing. Too often, the inner voice can be a source of anguish, as we listen to our […]

Being Mindful of Thankfulness All Year Long

During this time of the year, as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many residents of the United States take a bit of time to focus on the things they feel gratitude toward. This focus, however, can sometimes be myopic and short-lived. We throw all of our thought into what we are thankful for, but only for […]

Mindfulness Can Make a Huge Difference in Your Life

For many of us, the journey through self-discovery and self-growth begins not with a seed, but with what we may think of as barren earth. We may not have any idea where to begin with regard to changing our lives—but we know change is what we want. Still, without any bold-faced starting line in front […]