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Spiritual practice won’t stop shitty things from happening to you. However…

Yoga isn’t going to make you impervious to criticism — because criticism bites. Meditation doesn’t make divorce less brutal — because divorce is rough no matter how it goes down. Green juice won’t keep the creep at work away — creeps like to creep. And prayer will not make your illness less intense to deal with — physical burdens are…burdensome.

Validating your pain is the first step to getting stronger.

As inevitable as emotional and physical pain is, it doesn't always serve to make us stronger -- sometimes it just wears you right down...

Are you hanging by a thread?

Take encouragement from strangers. Like me. Go ahead. Take it. It’s free and I don’t feel karmically entangled. So listen to me: It’s going to be okay.

What do you trust? An exercise for strength and mind-cooling.

Before a big gig or a super-charged opportunity I do a trust ritual with myself. I started doing it on airplanes to cool my mind down after my strategic wheels had been in overdrive. Often we’re so busy trying to get our endorphins fired up to go get ‘em!, we can forget that simply feeling comforted is a very powerful -- and useful state of being.

11 tips for dealing with criticism

There were times in the past when I received inaccurate criticism, and I would start to cry. Crying in front of your boss is very rarely a good thing, I don't care how progressive your organization is.

Words can make you sick. Or healed. Heavy or light. Here’s an experiment that might prove it.

Each half of the same apple sat in its own sealed jar on our windowsill. Throughout the day, we’d walk by and say to The Apple of Positivity, "You are so awesome! You’re a winner! You are perfect, gorgeous, useful. We love you apple! Apple! You rock!" As for The Apple of Negativity...

Easing someone’s suffering…without suffering. Is it possible?

Do I have to feel your pain in order to help ease your pain? And, if I guard myself against your suffering, am I less useful? If I want to detach from your pain, am I less loving? If I think, “I’m glad I’m not going through that”, am I cold hearted? If I’m grateful for my strength or good fortune in comparison to your so-called weakness or misfortune, does that make me...just secretly horrible?

How you can ask for — and receive — cosmic guidance

Guidance doesn’t have to come as a lightning strike or as a white dove on your fire escape, looking you in the eye. Guidance can be (and I think it usually is), those notions that you can’t get out of your mind. Persistent wonderings, recurring names, places, things — gentle heart cues...


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