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Pema Chodron

Today I Yelled at God and This is What Happened Next

Michelle Martin | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Michelle Martin

Today I had a fight with God when I was driving in my car. Well, I don't really call God God anymore, now that I no longer follow a traditional religious path, so in reality, I yelled at God-Universe-Higher-Power-Guardian-Angel (and yes, I'm still trying out different names).

Your Pain Isn't Your Fault: Why Some Teachers and Gurus Have It Wrong

Megan Devine | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

Pain simply is. It's a natural, normal response to loss. But the literature in the self-help world, in the therapy world, and sadly, yes even in the world of spiritual guidance, is heavy on blame. Grief is considered unhealthy. A "bad" experience.

The Question To Ask Yourself When You Feel Like A Failure

Oprah.com | Pam Masin | Posted 08.24.2015 | OWN

 There is a lot of emphasis on succeeding. And whether we buy the hype or not, we all want to succeed, especially if you consider success to mean...

Don't Panic: The Art of Staying Still in 3 Tips

Mark W. Guay | Posted 08.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark W. Guay

I still suck at being still, but I'm getting better. As the rain continues to fall today, I watch its tiny droplets splash to the ground one after another. I'm appreciating the beauty of this moment and grateful that, at least for a brief moment, I haven't moved yet.

How to Handle Guilt

Kristin Meekhof | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Kristin Meekhof

If you are not in the habit of practicing self-compassion this concept will seem foreign and even difficult to embrace, but loosening your grip on fear is a step toward letting go of the guilt. It will often lessen the intensity of the pain. Giving yourself grace is something that will being to open the door to healing.

A Path To Healing: The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You

Cathy Chester | Posted 08.04.2015 | Impact
Cathy Chester

This year I've had more than my share of disappointments, my own illness and illness of loved ones, and a great deal of sadness, in ways that I never imagined. After speaking with my closest friends they agreed on one thing: Write about it.

What This Buddhist Teacher Learned After A 'Traumatizing' Divorce

OWN | Posted 05.06.2015 | OWN

Before Pema Chödrön became a world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author, she had what she calls a "conventional" life and marriage. The...

How to Make Any Problem Vanish

Debbie Hampton | Posted 06.07.2015 | Divorce
Debbie Hampton

The actual circumstances aren't the problem. The problem is your thinking of them as a problem. When you change your perspective about a situation, the situation changes instantly. The problem vanishes because you no longer view it as a problem.

5 Insights on Depression From Someone Who Suffers

Diana Whitney | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Diana Whitney

Here are five writers who have helped me survive -- poets and spiritual teachers, some who have known depression intimately. Use their words as you like. Disregard what doesn't speak to you. This is not a self-improvement program, only a suggested reading list. Ask for help. You are not alone.

Are You Living According to What You Want or Don't Want?

Debbie Hampton | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Debbie Hampton

In order to feel joy and love, I have to allow myself to feel everything, pain and fear included -- and everything in between. That's what being fully alive is all about. By avoiding any part of it, I'm denying myself the total experience.

My Real-Life Senseis

Mary Kay | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Mary Kay

I am willing to bet that most of us that watched The Karate Kid at some point in our lives, also eventually found ourselves wishing we had our very own Mr. Miyagi to guide us through it. While I have never been successful in finding a karate master to follow me around and give me sage advice, I do have a standard list of folks that I turn to when I am in need of some wisdom.

Read This Before You Make Your New Year's Resolutions

OWN | Posted 12.30.2014 | OWN

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of s...

7 Tips for Surviving the Holidays With a Broken Heart

Cheryl Dumesnil | Posted 02.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Cheryl Dumesnil

All the winter holidays hold one thing in common: a celebration of light. It makes sense, really. During the coldest, darkest time of year, here come the holidays, with their Diwali lamps, menorahs, and Yule logs, to set our hearts aglow. Or not.

This Simple Exercise Will Pull You Out Of A Sadness Rut

OWN | Posted 12.02.2014 | OWN

Despite facing a variety of painful obstacles and difficulties in life, people are often hesitant to describe their experiences as "suffering." It's t...

The Obstacles On the Path Are the Path

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Friends ask me, what's the right way to meditate? I have no idea. I just breathe in and out and notice the breath and the thoughts as they pass through my mind. When I take some time every day to meditate, something positive always comes from it... a feeling of well-being, a thought, a feeling of peace. And it helps you to learn to sit with all kinds of feelings.

Pema Chödrön On Why Failure Is A Skill We Must Learn To Do Well

OWN | Posted 10.17.2014 | OWN

Tibetan Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön, best-selling author of When Things Fall Apart, believes that failure is a natural part of the human experience --...

The Big Juicy Secret Nobody Ever Tells You About Aging

Virginia Bell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Fifty
Virginia Bell

It actually gets better as you get older. You get better. Life gets better. The merry-go-round slows down and you can finally enjoy the ride. I'm not going to tell you it's easy; especially in this economy or that it happens automatically like your invitation to join AARP. But it is possible as long as you're willing to do the work.

When Life Is Unfair -- Feed the Right Wolf

Chiyoko Osborne | Posted 08.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Chiyoko Osborne

I always viewed the phrase "life is unfair" as negative. It felt to me the glass is half empty; why try when you'll fail anyway; the good guy comes i...

Rules and Growth (and a Little Consciousness Thrown in

Alison Cayne | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Alison Cayne

Ultimately, I believe in rules. Not rules for rules' sake. Not arbitrary or unnecessary rules, not punitive rules. It isn't as simple as needing to gi...

On Pain and How to Handle It

Dr. Ali Binazir | Posted 06.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Ali Binazir

Except for a few rough patches, I've been blessed with a pretty healthy, pain-free life so far. So when debilitating pain like this comes along, it whacks me upside the head like a cosmic mallet, as if to say, "Pay attention! There's stuff to be learned here."

It Doesn't Matter What You Say: Lessons Learned from Maya Angelou and Pema Chodron

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 05.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

I learned that life isn't about how much money you earn. It isn't about your status, how many houses and cars you own. It is about how you roll when life hands you challenges -- because it will. Trust me.

My Day as a Test Case for Self-Compassion

Kellie Edwards | Posted 05.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Kellie Edwards

My day started badly. I had an important international interview for our mindfulness4mothers project at 7 a.m. My husband was interstate so I had o...

In Tune With the Spirit

Claire Fordham | Posted 03.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Claire Fordham

At a time when it's getting harder and harder to motivate Joe and Jane Public to buy music, a singer/songwriter from New Zealand has released a CD wit...

Possibility Pods on Winter Solstice 2014

Grove Harris | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Grove Harris

Winter solstice is a time to honor the dark, and also celebrate the returning light.

How Pema Chodron Saved My Life

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Amos Kahn

Divorce, death, job loss, moving, it was a monumentally, ridiculously traumatic time. Life is bitter and life is sweet. It's painful and it's scary -- and it's the only way to know that we can fly.