Category Archives: Motivational

When You Don’t Like Being Nice: Finding an Alternative

“Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.” ~Unknown As a nice person, I am often conflicted because sometimes I don’t enjoy being nice. Sometimes I act nice out of moral obligation or because I’m trying to be consistent with my perceived identity. Do you view yourself as “nice”? Do others describe you as “nice”? Do you … Continue reading When You Don’t Like Being Nice: Finding an Alternative

The Challenge of Doing Less When You’re Used to Doing More

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find a number of helpful coronavirus resources and all related Tiny Buddha articles here. “I became an overachiever to get approval from the world.” ~Madonna I have spent my entire life looking for more. More to do, more to achieve, and more to see. I have always been a planner—meticulously planning … Continue reading The Challenge of Doing Less When You’re Used to Doing More

Why I Want to Stop Judging and How This Opens My Heart

“The quicker you are in attaching verbal or mental labels to things, people, or situations, the more shallow and lifeless your reality becomes, and the more deadened you become to reality.” ~Eckhart Tolle Things are hard right now, aren’t they? When I first started writing this article about my goal to drop labels so I … Continue reading Why I Want to Stop Judging and How This Opens My Heart

The Most Important Lessons We Can Take from This Pandemic

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find a number of helpful coronavirus resources and all related Tiny Buddha articles here. “And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, … Continue reading The Most Important Lessons We Can Take from This Pandemic

How to Appreciate Life (Even During a Global Pandemic)

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making plans.” ~John Lennon When I was in my late twenties I went on a trip with my mom and brother to Scotland. Though I was a bit trepidatious about spending so much time with my family, I was excited for the trip too. When it finally arrived, … Continue reading How to Appreciate Life (Even During a Global Pandemic)

Surviving as an Empath During the Time of Coronavirus

“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” ~Fred Rogers If you are a human on earth at the moment, you’re likely feeling the uncertainty and anxiety of living in the time of a pandemic. It’s not something we have seen before in our lifetime, so every … Continue reading Surviving as an Empath During the Time of Coronavirus

Why We Feel Lonely and What to Do About It

“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~Lau Tzu With social distancing measures in place in response to the new coronavirus, many of us have a lot more time on our hands, while also being isolated. This may also mean you’re … Continue reading Why We Feel Lonely and What to Do About It

We’re All in This Together, and That’s a Beautiful Thing

“Lessons in life will be repeated until they are learned.” ~Frank Sonnenberg Right now, I am living my life in lines. This is not code for something philosophically abstract or profound. I am literally living my life in lines.  Lines with approximately six feet between me and the woman in colorful exercise clothes; the man … Continue reading We’re All in This Together, and That’s a Beautiful Thing

How to Be True to Yourself When Someone Violates a Boundary

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” ~William Shakespeare Though I appeared pretty high-functioning and what you might call “normal” as a kid, I was a ball of self-doubt and insecurity from an early age. Overthinking, scrutinizing my actions, and generally worrying about what people thought came as naturally to me as breathing. … Continue reading How to Be True to Yourself When Someone Violates a Boundary

5 Positive Lessons from the Coronavirus Crisis

“What is to give light must endure the burning.” ~Viktor Frankl The world is facing challenging times of crisis. Closed borders and travel bans, quarantine, shortage of food supply, scary news, and much fear. Viruses don’t care about our status, money, or fame, spreading from state officials to famous actors. Being a human right now … Continue reading 5 Positive Lessons from the Coronavirus Crisis