The hydrangeas still bloomed when Mario Alberico opened his back door in November 2013 and took what he thought could very well be his last walk outside.
What the Year of Yes really entails is giving ourselves permission to understand ourselves and our desires.
Choose to honor life -- not to disparage it. It's the deepest and most natural and pleasurable thing in you. It's who you truly are and you owe it to yourself and others to live life fully with goodness and generosity. Go for it! You can have real and lasting happiness.
You see, mindfulness isn't about perfection or reaching some artificial standard. It starts -- and continues -- with the simple daily decision that you want to become aware of what's really going on in you and in your life.
The truth is, what we focus on will expand. If our main focus is on how much more we have yet to achieve, we will come from a place of lack and continue to expand on that mindset. However, if we focus on all that we have accomplished, we will come from a place of abundance, and continue to build on that mindset.
Our experiences of love and the losses from them become woven into the larger tapestry of our lives, if we can accept them, learn from them, and continue to grow beyond them. Like the tree, we can encompass the "damage," incorporate and learn from them; and become stronger by embracing them as an enduring part of who we are and who we can continue to become.
Work on yourself to be the person of your dreams first. Everything else you desire will find its own way to you. That's the law of attraction right there.
Like most people, I always had a plan. Yet it wasn't long before minor blips started upsetting what I considered to be a blueprint for a happy, fulf...
I have a long way to go before I become a saint of any kind. But there is some good news. I have found that gratitude is an actionable tool that, when used, can switch my thinking around and get me into a place of acceptance and maybe even happiness.
I've become better at embracing life's contradictions; accepting counterpoints, the peaks with the lows and the quiet in-between. My career transition gave me a precious gift of renewal. As my life moves on a more even keel, my confidence grows.
Check my past blogs and you will see that it is very rare I write about a book but I came across one that, as a psychologist, I feel obligated to shout out because I think it will help a lot of people.
So here's an invitation - why not make this International Day of Happiness the start of a 21- day challenge and commit to growing your inner resources so you can enjoy greater well-being?
Managing our thoughts, both the negative and the positive is important work, but limitations have to be acknowledged as well, unless we choose otherwise. In light of that, may we all aspire to co-create a reality where each one of us is healthy, happy and wealthy.
I'll tell you something. I collect a lot things: T-shirts, in towering soft stacks in my closet. Nature's hearts -- rocks, leaves, tiny sea shells-...
Don't focus on anyone else but you. Be grateful for where you are and the things you have achieved. Every day is a fresh start to go after your own dreams and improve from your yesterday.