“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckart I have been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. What it means, how it feels, and how to expand the presence of gratitude in my life. Gratitude is both a state of being; being thankful and appreciative and a feeling; feeling thankful and appreciative. Often gratitude is fleeting in our lives…present when we like what is happening and not present when we don’t like what is happening. Yet, we do have a choice when it comes to gratitude. We can choose to be grateful regardless of the circumstances in our lives. We can treat gratitude as an active stance that we deliberately hold toward life. In this stance, we open our eyes fully and see the richness and abundance in life and are more fully present to what there is to [...]
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What would you wish for? Every so often my husband and I play an imaginary game of winning the jack-pot lotto of $50 Million or more. It’s funny, once we get past the things we would buy, pay off or donate – we end up with 90-95% of the money left to spend. Then the wishing gets a little deeper; starting a foundation to fund women entrepreneurs and research to eradicate Autism. So what do you wish for? As adults many of us just stop wishing. We may think it’s childish or silly. We may even think – why bother it’s not like I’m going to ever get it? Whatever your reason for stopping the flow of creative wishing . . . let’s get wishing again! Consider this, your happiness is directly proportionate to your ability to wish. I actually believe it’s true. When you feel relaxed and happy things [...]
Are you in love with yourself? Unconditionally? Or are you harsh with yourself, constantly judging and comparing? It’s funny how we often want others to provide us with a deep level of love, acknowledgment, and acceptance when we are unwilling to do so ourselves. Tiara just celebrated Madly In Love With ME day on February 13 where we had a roomful of women committed to radical self acceptance and self love. It was inspiring, because it’s clearly THE way to break the cycle of low self esteem that plagues women and girls around the world. We can’t expect the next generation to love themselves fully just because we say they should. We must show them the beautiful, loving, peaceful, powerful world that’s possible when we love ourselves. What do you do to cherish, honor, prioritize, and love yourself?
In Tiara, we talk about acceptance being the key to freedom. If we are able to 1) accept our circumstances and 2) accept our reactions to the circumstances, then we’ll have the freedom to “respond” rather than “react.” Sounds good in theory, yet I’m always one who likes to look at how it works in reality. So, I took a look for myself. Today on my way to a lunch meeting that I was really excited about, I got a call from my son’s daycare. He’s running a 101 degree fever. Ugh! Okay, here’s an opportunity to apply acceptance. First step was for me to choose to accept my circumstances: My son was sick. That was it: he was sick, he had a fever and he needed to be picked up from daycare. Not, “Oh I should’ve seen that he wasn’t doing well this morning. I’m a bad mom.” or [...]