The good news is that not every unexpected experience has been about escaping death. Instead, several have brought unexpected lessons for a happier life. Three recent lessons have proven themselves to be particularly happiness-building. I present them to you now..
I'm beyond grateful to finally be in touch with the inner guidance my heart provides and the beautiful healers who support me through doing the same.
This is the story of Henrich Himmler told by himself and his family through their letters and personal diaries, which were not burned as he requested. They were secreted away by an American until the '60s, then given to the Israeli archivists.
No matter what choices life throws at you keep following your path, refuse to settle, and walk your road your way, it makes all the difference.
Before you contemplate moving to a farm, selling your smartphone on eBay, raising chickens and goats and cutting technology out of your life forever despite your love of selfies, WAIT -- there's a solution.
Happiness is the polar opposite of someday. It's the complete antithesis of one day, and it's never to be found in the when. Happiness is here now if you relax enough and have the balls to accept it.
If our child cries more than we sense is warranted by a current experience (be this a physical tumble or an emotional hurt), it could be that some stored-up feelings are finding release.
Let go of the content of any sensory experience. That is, whatever you're thinking or feeling is fine, don't try to change it in any way. The content or meaning is irrelevant. Let go of that.
Pursuing happiness actually causes misery. The irony is that if you want to be happy you need to release your desire to be happy -- for desire is the root of all suffering, according to the Buddha, and happiness -- when it occurs -- is actually a by-product and not a direct result of particular actions.
I'm a big believer in building other women up. When we focus on what works, we create more of it. And together, we're a powerhouse.
Thoughts of suicide, or "suicidal ideation," are relatively common among teenagers and young adults. A whopping 12.1 percent of American teenagers seriously consider attempting suicide in their lifetime, and approximately 2 million teens in the United States go on to attempt suicide each year.
Even if our actions are fuelled by the very best of intentions; when the things that we do demonstrate an acceptability of something, there is always a powerful underlying message that is being reinforced and stated. I am particularly interested in the messages that we pass on to our children and to the next generation.
It's war torn and sepia-colored now, parchment like, but the little scrap of paper containing this verse has long been a treasure of mine, a template for any poem I write.
The day after 9/11, Beryl Bender Birch, yoga teacher and Wellness Director at the time of the New York Road Runners, was called upon to help families of victims, first responders and others suffering the brutal aftermath of the attacks on New York City.
Over the past few months I have witnessed a few of those and find myself heartened every time I ponder them. I'd like to share some of them with you in a three-part blog series.
It may seem like bad news for anyone who hopes to change the destructive dynamics of gender inequality in modern society. The results here might appear to endorse the psychological and social status quo. Boys will be boys and girls will be girls, even in their dreams.
Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States who live to be 80 years old. The mortality rate is nearly nineteen percent. If you are a woman over the age of 40, I urge you to have your mammograms. Thirteen years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and if it was not for mammograms, I might not be alive today.
By being aware of and consciously guiding our attention toward other, less-apparent possible references, we can guide our behavior and feelings.
Man: Oh, OK, I guess I see her point. I'm sorry, so I'll tell her that, and then this whole nightmare is over. Then we can watch TV or have sex. It's 7:59 now so we should be able to start watching at 8, good deal.
I never cease to be amazed at the power that using problem solving over punishment or reward can have on actually making situations better. Problem solving has never let us down. Yelling, however, has never worked.