Take a look at your accomplishment list and give yourself a pat on the back! You did those things despite the challenges.
When life looks gloomy and events drag us down, it helps to remember that change is in the air (even if we can’t immediately see it).
"We desperately need people who are learning how to see the connections between our personal suffering and the suffering of living beings with whom we share this planet."
"We may not be able to change people or events, but we can take a time out and allow ourselves a few moments of happiness: moments that will sustain us for the journey."
" ...we aren’t much good in the outer world if we haven’t taken the time to heal our wounds and assess what truly makes us happy."
... learn to turn away from the harmful negatives in your life and, instead, turn toward your healing and your inner peace.
"As we meet big life changes, what do we need to release for our own renewal?"
"...when our physical body passes away, the inner essence of our being simply travels on . . . continuing to help from the other side."
Life’s difficult trials, perhaps more than at any other time, call upon us to dive deep into our spiritual practices.
Grief may come in waves: sometimes barely discernable, like a light drizzle in the background of our days. Other times, it arrives in a sudden heavy downpour of sadness, anger, regret, or fear.
Do we know how to set healthy boundaries to keep poisonous words and harmful behaviors from entering the sacred space of our lives?
"We may not always see the pivotal cusp of a cultural shift until we are on the other side of it. But make no mistake; we are living into it now."
Even in the midst of life’s losses and challenges and heartbreak, there is a center of beauty. A center of peace.
"Finding ways to re-center and connect with our hearts during stressful times is crucial, reminding us to breathe." A video presentation.
Every generation must face the challenges that arise in their lifetime: situations that test the courage, grit, and moral convictions of our species.
In creating new ways of being, seek out role models for how you want to be in the world.
I want to spend my time with people who are working for positive change and who care about the wellbeing of humanity and the planet.
But today, I feel like crying because I want to hug tight the people I love. I want us to make it through this. I want us to do better. To learn from this. To care more. To be more compassionate.
Love of one another: Such a simple concept in theory. Such an extraordinary leap of faith in practice. There is no more powerful lesson than learning how to gently lean into love.
I release the old to make way for the new. I am open to guidance in all its forms. I fill my heart with peace. I lift my spirit with harmony, light, and love. I embrace the small miraculous gifts of each day.
We will need to see beyond man-made geographic borders, man-made flags, man-made wars, and man-made separations. We will need to expand our ideas of what it means to truly love.
There is just that: Joining together with our friends, family, or neighbors. Remembering what matters. Helping one another when times get tough. Making mistakes. Learning. Getting up again the next day. Starting over. Saying thanks to those people who help us along.
What can we do in times of tragic loss? We can continue to light candles, we can pray, we can sing, we can sob, we can dance, we can paint, we can write, we can rebuild, and we can gather our loved ones close. We can listen to our heart’s call.
This holiday season, try to create rituals and ceremonies that celebrate what you hold sacred in your life and in your heart. Be intentional about finding ways to honor your truth. Most importantly, be gentle and be kind – to others, and especially to yourself.
In ancient times, people gathered around the warmth of the fire to share tales of their ancestors: stories of brave conquests, legendary heroes, and tragic deaths. In the telling are lessons of courage in the face of adversity, hope in the midst of defeat, and enduring love in the face of death.