How authentic are we? In part one of this three-part series on authenticity, we’ll share its definition, its five states, and various examples of those states.
Whether your week has been extra challenging or par for the course, Sundays can be a restorative day of rest. For me, the healthiest way to “power up,” take a “rest from stress,” and reconnect to truth, love, beauty, and joy is through holy leisure.
Regardless how perfect, ordinary, or tragic our childhood, parents place an indelible mark on who we are: our DNA, strengths and weaknesses, hopes and dreams, beliefs of what’s possible, level of self-esteem, and even our hope for the future. In today’s article, we’ll explore how to pick up the reigns where our fathers left off, and ride our personal chariots, also known as bodies, into the sunset of life, also called empowerment.
Beauty blooms throughout our struggle to transform. Amidst the challenge, we might not have support from family and friends, and we might feel alone, crying out to the universe… are we THERE yet? How much longer do we need to be in this cocoon? Are we ever going to break out of our shell? And what comes next?
Have we ever loved someone who did not love us in return? Whether it’s a friend, sibling, parent, or lover, unrequited love is a form of abandonment. Feelings of abandonment can be traumatic, and limit our perception of ourself and life. They can also limit our ability to give and receive love. Today’s article is about how we can heal and free ourself after abandonment, and attract new, different, and more enjoyable life experiences.
If we feel or believe that we’ve been abandoned by someone we love, the loss and grief that we experience may be so intense that we might dive into distraction, protection, or both. Whether we seek solace in drink, food, drug, work, gambling, sex, the nearest quiet cave, or something else, these types of choices are like a Band-Aid on a chainsaw wound. They don’t cover or heal us, and they leave us open to further injury and infection.
Sometimes, we may seek more love or a different kind of love from our mother than she can give. In today’s article, we’ll gently look at ways to allow ourself to receive a satisfying love that makes us feel nurtured and whole from within, without seeking it from our mom.
If you kindly take a backseat to everyone else, this article is for you! Although self-sacrifice has its place in times of crisis, a life lived without regular regard and support for what’s best for us can lead to unfulfilled dreams, misery, and escapism through addictive behaviors. Instead of sacrificing ourself, if we foster more joy within—through kindness, we’ll not only experience the kindness, but it will also radiate onto everyone and everything in our world. In today’s article, we’ll look at ways for us to become a beacon of kindness.
Receiving can be challenging! Through my work inspiring and encouraging people to be fulfilled in healthy ways and kick their dead-end habits to the curb, I’ve seen the rise of resistance and irritation within people when they are presented with any gift, such as a compliment, care, or kindness that they feel they do not deserve. I’ve also seen the sheer relief and delight in those very same people who learned to allow themself to receive.
Whose life is it anyway? It’s our choice, our life, not somebody else’s. Why would we look to others to stand up for us or what we want? Maybe we’re afraid and think we’re not strong enough. Or, maybe we think we don’t deserve to be or get what we want. Rather than hoping or expecting that others will stand up for us (aka “make us happy”) we owe it to ourself to stand up for us, by means of making happy, healthy choices.