If you have ever hated your body, and if you still hear this voice sometimes like I do, or all the time like I used to, this is what I hope for us: That the voice shrinks and shrinks, until we find ourselves holding it in our palms like a husk, like a whisper.
Laughter is your ally, magic potion and all-around salve for the soul. It comes in many shapes and forms, from an inner amusement that just makes you crack a smile, to the wild abandon of laughing till tears trickle down your cheeks.
How often do you check your email while ignoring the person next to you? How many of your dinners are spent watching TV, rather than conversing with your companion? How often are you on the phone multitasking when you realize you have no idea what the person is even talking about?
Like meditation, after play the world looks brighter, clearer and more delightful.
The story starts, in my life, when I was first a student in college. I grew up an atheist, and I did not discover Judaism and religion until I was a student in college. In fact, I met God and Elana the same semester; it was clearly my season of love!
If you are a starting meditation for the first time, appreciate that this is just a safari in your mind. You're not trying to "win" or "accomplish." You're just getting to know the neighborhood.
Over the past two months I've read the works of all four great Roman Stoics -- Epictetus, Musonius Rufus, Seneca and of course Marcus Aurelius -- and with their help I've come to a few realizations
There is a word I came up with years ago, when I was still fresh from my brother's death, which cracked me open enough that I had to put myself back together in a different way. A way that left me paying closer attention to the moments, to the people in my world.
A prolonged pity party is not fun for anyone. Get sad. Get angry. Get disappointed. But get it out of your system and move forward with new focus.
Are you happy in spite of your challenges and see the positive and the potential, or do you look for the doom and gloom in each situation? We have the choice in how we feel. And how we feel affects how we experience each moment of our lives.
When you get "good' at change, life becomes a miraculous adventure. When change comes knocking at your door -- and it will -- open up and say, "Welcome."
An awakened inner life brings forth your true values, your human capacities for love, empathy, generosity, creativity and your deeper sense of purpose -- all with the particular twist your unique personality gives to them.
Recently I came across this quote by Shirley Maclaine: "The most profound relationship we will ever have is the one with ourselves." In this writer'...
A decade ago I walked into my parent's living room to discover my beloved grandfather, hunched over his walker and weeping while cranking nineteenth century romantic Russian orchestral music.
An attitude of amusement is an antidote to taking the slights and arrows of life too personally. Pretty much most of the time, things are not personal, but a reflection of what is going on in another. Choose to be amused by the human condition -- you will feel lighter.
your essence is indescribable -- but I'll try... You are the lips that bring and complete the passion of my life... You are the eyes to my soul Yo...