Monthly Archives: March 2014

Why this is not a self-improvement blog

This may be highly disappointing or confusing at first glance but bear with me. The work of Tara Brach, a clinical psychologist and Buddhist, was one of my first introductions to the psychology of shame, acceptance and mindfulness. In her … Continue reading

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It feels so good to be right…or does it?

“In a controversy, the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.” – Buddha From a very young age, we are taught to value being right. I think we have … Continue reading

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Sing a love song to yourself (and my Katy Perry confessional)

As I discussed in the post on mantras and affirmations, sometimes it’s difficult to find the right words to comfort ourselves. The power of a familiar song is hard to argue and my next shameless self-love strategy takes advantage of … Continue reading

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GratiTUBE

As the snow comes pouring down today, I am grateful to have a warm place to watch as it forms a white blanket over my surroundings. I am grateful to have hot and delicious tea to drink and five senses … Continue reading

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What is shamelessness? With a little help from Brené Brown

We have established our collective goal of embracing imperfection and letting go of shame but what does that look like? I’d like to draw on the work of one of my influences, Brené Brown, to help us envision our goal. … Continue reading

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“Positive Thinking and Affirmations are New Agey and Naive”

Sound familiar? There was a time many years ago when I might have said this. I was resistant to a lot of ideas and tools that were supposed to enhance optimism. When someone would recommend them, I might utter a … Continue reading

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Here’s another tip as part of my “No shame in being blue” series. Earlier today on the Tiny Buddha blog, Andrea Holt of the happybrainmovement.com shared a great approach to getting in touch with various aspects of the self as a means … Continue reading

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Maysoon Zayid: i got 99 problems palsy is just one

Maysoon Zayid is a Palestinian-American comedian, screen-writer and activist with cerebral palsy who believes anything is possible despite having the odds stacked against her. In her talk at TED Women, she tells her story and explains that her father’s message … Continue reading

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Breathe. Period.

I went to a voice/monologue/movement session yesterday and the sole task I was given was to make sure I was breathing every time I spoke. My thoughts and impulses tend to forge right ahead of my breath and this compromises … Continue reading

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