Category Archives: Tools for Getting and Staying Inspired

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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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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Change the way you talk to yourself: Affirmations and Mantras

We have a constant chatter in our heads and these words and ideas represent our attitudes and beliefs that affects our moods, actions and relationships. The way we talk to ourselves also has a big impact on our ability to … Continue reading

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One reason you don’t feel like exercising, cooking, meditating, etc.

Why is it so hard to get ourselves to do the things that we genuinely want to do? One reason is that we have a limited amount of will power.1 In other words, we only have so much energy to … Continue reading

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Self-Compassion

“When hard times come, the greatest danger does not necessarily lie in the circumstances we face, but rather in the way we treat ourselves at the time. Nothing is more dangerous than self-hate. Nothing makes it more difficult to heal … Continue reading

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No shame in being blue

We all get down sometimes. Life has many challenges and a grey winter day does not help me transcend them. Lately, I’ve been feeling pretty overwhelmed and these are the hardest times to find self-compassion and inspiration. When I have … Continue reading

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Finding ease admidst life’s complications

I was sitting at my desk doing some worrying when I received the message below in a newsletter from one of my favorite bloggers, Mara Glatzel of Medicinal Marzipan. She writes about “the simplicity of trusting [yourself] to figure it … Continue reading

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