Communicating, Dharma Teachings, Interbeing, Living from the Heart, The New Story, wisdom quotes

5 Ways to Find Balance & Bliss in Daily Life

Our past does not have to define or confine us. We have the power to choose, now, in this moment, to say YES or NO or MAYBE. We have the power to affect our present and future, yet the wisdom to know that there are many things outside the realm of our control. Finding our… Continue reading 5 Ways to Find Balance & Bliss in Daily Life

Dharma Teachings, wisdom quotes

Smile Pretty & Abandon Hope.

The secret to a happy life: Give up hope. Or, should I say, hope wisely. Cultivate wise hope. In When Things Fall Apart, Pema Chodron writes: "You could even put 'Abandon hope' on your refrigerator door instead of more conventional aspirations..." Chapter 7: Hopelessness and Death "Without giving up hope—that there's somewhere better to be,… Continue reading Smile Pretty & Abandon Hope.

Guatemala, Michelle's Memoir, Mindfulness, Writings

How do I want to spend the rest of my life?

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. ~Oscar Wilde I live in questions. It helps me thrive. Being open-minded (and open-hearted) is incompatible with anxiety and depression. Instead of seeking concrete answers, I aim to dwell in the questions, look deeply at details, and remember that the answers are always unfolding and… Continue reading How do I want to spend the rest of my life?


December 10 – Ananda (Joy)

A positive frame of mind is a habit. How have you silenced the propaganda factory of negativity with positive thought and behavior in your life in 2011? How has this changed your day-to-day being? o “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." ~Franklin D. Roosevelt v Heidi Johnson provided… Continue reading December 10 – Ananda (Joy)