Relaxation

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ~Gautama Buddha I have meditated for over half my life. It didn’t always look like meditation, and I didn’t always refer to it as such, but the driving need
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 “It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.” ~Unknown I used to be a complainer, a fault-finder, a grumbler. I would grumble a hundred times a day about mundane issues, be it the weather, the traffic, or my husband. I complained when my husband didn’t help me around
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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ~Kahlil Gibran You’re stupid. You’re a loser. You’re worthless. You will never amount to anything. You’re not worthy of love. These are things I’ve told myself throughout my life. The experiences I had throughout my childhood led me to believe
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“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” ~Rumi I had one of those really intense arguments with my partner recently, and it made me realize the importance of knowing how to fight well in a relationship. That might sound like an oxymoron, but there isn’t a relationship I know of where the couple doesn’t fall out
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“Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert In my twenties I achieved what many young musicians dream of. I got signed to a major label, I got to work with great people in beautiful studios, and
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“Resistance keeps you stuck. Surrender immediately opens you to the greater intelligence that is vaster than the human mind, and it can then express itself through you. So through surrender often you find circumstances changing.” ~Eckhart Tolle I took a deep breath, feeling the recent change in my belly. I pinched at my belly rolls.
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“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” ~Fred Rogers I was immediately uncomfortable when the older gentleman rode up on his bike and loudly told us that our kids shouldn’t be riding their bikes on the velodrome; it was against the rules. If it had been just
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“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” ~Anne Lamott To say I had a tough life would be a gross understatement. Growing up in a strict Catholic Italian family I endured my fair share of emotional and physical
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