If You Own One Thing in the World…

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Elizabeth Appell Almost everyone lives out of the misguided belief that they aren’t enough. Caught in the comparative mind, we judge ourselves against unrealistic ideals. What most don’t realize is that, […]

Awareness

There’s a joke in yoga that asks, “If you had to hide something that was the most valuable thing you had, where would you hide it?” The answer is: “in the present moment.” Ouch. Very funny, yoga. We all know the best humor has more than a grain of truth in it. And the truth is, […]

Wisdom and Compassion as Traits

Positive emotions expand awareness and open minds. Although the expansion is as subtle and short-lived as the emotion itself, it accounts for increases in creativity, autobiographical memory, resilience, and social connection – to name a few. Over time, these momentary states of expanded awareness accumulate to build durable personal and social resources that reshape our […]

You’re So Emotional!

Emotions are necessary – even when they’re uncomfortable or socially inappropriate – because they are a part of your psyche, a part of your neural network, a part of your socialization, and a part of your humanity. Emotions aren’t the enemy, but they have come to be vilified because empathic awareness is so unusual. It’s […]

Waking Up to What Is

Have you ever had the experience of discovering something new, like a word or phrase, then overnight you read and hear it seemingly everywhere? It was always there, you just didn’t know it. Positivity is like that. It changes how your mind works. It doesn’t just change the contents of your mind it changes the scope, widening the span of possibilities that […]

Feeding the Wolf

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealously, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. “The other is Good. […]

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We all know negativity. It looms large and is easy to spot.  Negativity pervades your self-talk and your judgments. It bleeds into your relationships, eroding goodwill. Making matters worse, unchecked negativity breeds health damaging negative emotions – anger, contempt, and depression – that seep into your entire body. You can feel your simmering bitterness eating […]

Vagus, Baby, Vagus

Who we are is shaped, in part, by our tenth cranial nerve. This key conduit connects our brain to our body and is also called the vagus nerve. It emerges from the brain stem and, although it makes multiple stops to various internal organs, its most significant function is connecting our brain to our heart. […]

Tail-Chasing

Imagine a dog chasing his own tail, reaching a point of severe exhaustion, but still pressing round in tight little circles. The more frustrated he gets, the faster he tries to run and the faster he tries to run, the more frustrated he gets. But he becomes so used to the running that it no […]

What Love Is

Love is the micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being. It’s deeply wired and blossoms virtually anytime two or more people, even strangers, connect over a shared positive emotion – be it mild or strong. This back-and-forth reverberation of positive energy sustains itself until the momentary connection wanes, which is the inevitable nature […]