The Cure for Pain is the Pain

“The cure for pain is the pain.” – Rumi The body doesn’t forget. My body tenses and my breath becomes shallow when I feel like something is going to be…

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The Second Arrow: how we multiple our suffering

How often do you experience something painful – either emotional or physical – and you fairly quickly find yourself getting dramatic about it? Or maybe you don’t get worked up,…

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The Kind of Compliment That Matters

I recently posted this picture in my Instagram story: Over the last six months, I’ve been working on cultivating radical self-acceptance, the kind that accepts and loves me no matter…

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I stumbled into my vulnerability

“You have a story,” she said, “You have a lot to your story.” I sat with it for a moment. “I guess,” I hesitated, “I just feel like there’s soooo…

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We all have reasons not to trust

  In an era of uncertainty, global upheaval and disrupted work and family life, it’s becoming more and more difficult to remain vulnerable, trusting and open. When everyday stresses intrude…

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Understanding and acceptance are not the same thing

  It’s impossible to go throughout life without experiencing loss, rejection, failure, heartbreak and adversity on some level. Stressful situations happen to everyone.   Some things happen suddenly. We’re heading…

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Looking Back, Beginning Again

  Towards the end of each year, I find myself in a reflective state where I look back at all the events that have transpired and brought me to the…

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The place where almost everyone quits

  Even though I know my way to the places I most frequently travel, I still pop on my iphone and use my GPS to help me navigate the best…

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If you did it once, you can do it again

  I was talking to a friend last week about how I feel like I’m always in a constant state of rebuilding my classes.   “What does that tell you?”…

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