If you're a woman then the chances are you will be familiar with the expression, 'Having it all.' It's rather an overused phrase to describe the push and pull of family life and the pursuit of "balance".
Suffice it to say, excessiveness in any area of our lives can prove to be unproductive if not damaging. The Buddha himself had ignored the well-being of his body while trying to free his mind. It caused him to be extremely out of balance.
Balance is one of those concepts best thought of in terms of the verb, not the noun. The ongoing action of balancing is our main concern. The result of balance is always to some extent an ideal toward which we move, and in whose light we see what needs to be done now.
The president's humor at the White House Correspondents Dinner allowed us to see him as a fellow human being who sees the humor in life and can laugh at himself. And for that reason and the entertaining humor, I am grateful for this yearly event.
Nonstop, there are articles telling us how to divide our time. It's as if someone is trying to nail Jell-o to the wall. Nobody has life "right" (and that just doesn't exist), and I'm not sure why we don't stop trying.
I have taken pride in my ability to plan. Whether the plan is big (when and how to buy a house or get a graduate degree) or small (where and when to go on vacation and the details of what to do), planning plays to my strengths. Scope it out, write it down, follow the script.
We all know what debt is. Some of us, most of us, still have a few we're paying off. Student loans, car payments, mortgages. But what about the unseen debts, debts that are invisible to the naked eye but instead live within our hearts?
Are you alive? It might seem to be a silly question, as you are obviously technically alive since you are reading this. But are you truly alive and living the life you were born to live -- a life of purpose, vitality and meaning?
The key to managing conflict is to first and foremost recognize that we are different from other people. We each have different values, priorities, and perspectives. Everyone is not going to see the world the same way we do.
Compassion and gratitude are the two most powerful states for me to be truly connected. Living with compassion and being grateful are essential in caring for the things that matter and connecting with people on the journey.
You may be thinking about the goals you want to achieve in 2013. Perhaps they're specific and concrete, or perhaps you're still figuring out what you want. Either way, I'm here to tell you that you can experience straight-up miraculous change this year.
The very word "thanksgiving" reminds us to be thankful for the good things in our lives. Yet, it is often the tragedies we experience that really make us appreciate what we have. Once we've lost something important, we see how valuable it was.