the 5 Ds of bystander intervention

the 5 Ds of bystander intervention

When you witness someone being put down or hassled right there in front you, what can you do? Authors of the new book I've Got Your Back offered this advice in a recent interview. Harassment is any behavior, verbal or non-verbal, that is unwanted, unwelcome, and makes...

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how to make the world a better place

how to make the world a better place

Often, this blog and I are focused on cultivating mental attitudes that help us live with more self-compassion. Some might call it navel gazing. The kind promise “I will advocate courageously” reminds us to lift our eyes, look around, and help someone else. There is a...

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gathering the energy to change the world

gathering the energy to change the world

This month, I am considering the kind promise “I will advocate courageously.” This promise is an invitation to lift my gaze from my own situation, look at the needs of the world around me, and pitch in to help where I can. I listened this week to a talk from my...

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Take a joy break

Take a joy break

“Take a joy break this afternoon,” I advised participants in a morning creative journaling class. I said it without thinking, hoping to lighten the mood after an intense session. “What a great topic for a future class,” someone suggested. I’ve had a lovely time this...

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Feeling my way toward whimsy

Feeling my way toward whimsy

This month I am contemplating whimsical reinvention. When life gets difficult, one option is making different choices with a light heart. It’s the lightness that’s the challenge. I recently searched the web for “how to add whimsy to your life.” Results were fun to...

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It’s a little bit funny

It’s a little bit funny

Last month's blog posts and newsletter were about dealing with change. A reader suggested that I missed one important tactic: finding humor in the situation. Just this morning, participants in a Creative Journaling class agreed that one sign that they are feeling...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and in my monthly newsletter.

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