Kindness and suffering are wordless teachers, ready to bend us and soften us until we accept that we are here; that, try as we will, we can't build our way out of existence or dream our way out of being human. Once opened in this way, we come to realize that the only way out is to love being here.
Someday, for each of us, there will be no tomorrow. At that moment, we will have proved, completely and without any doubt, that all we have is the present moment. The trick is getting to that realization well before we take our final breath.
The physical condition of the office is one thing, and someday soon I'll get to it. It's the stale, same and routine way of doing things that needs a good spring cleaning every so often. Now is a good time to open the windows of your mind, your company and your work life.
When the news brings the awareness of actual tragedies into your everyday life, it can be rattling. Hearing about random shootings, missing planes or freak illnesses brings up thoughts and feelings we'd rather not have.
The truth is, if you want more out of your work, there's more purpose to be found. Doing meaningful work needn't be some elusive cultural ideal reserved for the wealthy or the lucky. Instead, it starts with what you most deeply believe.
It's amazing how the word "finances" immediately throws us head-on into our current circumstances. From this standpoint you may not see many options for what to do from a personal financial perspective.
I used to think the notion that people could change was a farce ... until I did it myself.
When things work out, it affirms our personal power and our connection to God, possibly even leading to a quality of hubris. When things don't go our way, however, it relegates us to being confused and disconnected, and suggests that we're at fault for any imperfections in our life.
Three years ago my family and I were homeless. I have six children, and have been married to the love of my life for 20 years.
I decided to take control of my life and for the first time in my 28 years, listen to my own voice -- not what other people thought or what I thought was true from the media.
Is mindfulness a trending topic because it makes us feel good about ourselves? If so, is that okay? Or is there a natural connection between the practice of meditation, a form of inner change, and societal transformation overall?
It was a good plan. And like all good plans, the Universe laughed while we made it.
Even when confronted with evidence that their attitudes and behaviors harm others, the response is a stark lack of empathy or insight and ruthless callousness. If that weren't bad enough, there's the vengeful intense anger and rapidly shifting moods to contend with.
I realized I had to let the perfectionist in me die a little so I could thrive.
Stress alone doesn't makes you a better, stronger person. What makes you resilient is the way in which you shift and strengthen your response to the stress around you.
Our hardiness, grit, adaptability, and perspective are some of the ways we can use these unwanted circumstances as an opportunity to help us fulfill our goals. A great example of a person who turned his circumstance into opportunity is Woody Roseland.
My brain said "move," and my body refused to comply. The next thing I knew was that I was still sitting there on my couch, in the same position, at 9:30 a.m. the next morning, completely dressed.
I was working for a man who didn't understand or appreciate a woman's desire to work from home so she could also be there to raise her children. So I decided to leave a job I loved to pursue my love of writing.
The normal way we meet the world is full of bumps and bruises and noise that scratches up the heart. And yet, if we can endure and lean in, we are widened and opened to a depth that weaves the tissue of the Universe together.