Power Of A Smile

  “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” Thich Nhat Hanh What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. In order to want to smile more, it really helps to know what benefits a smile can bring to our day. The benefits … More Power Of A Smile

Message On The Wall

  A weary mother returned from the shop,Lugging groceries through the kitchen door.Awaiting her arrival was her 8 year old son,Anxious to relate what his younger brother had done. While I was out playing and Dad was on a call,John took his crayons and wrote on the wallIt’s on the new paper you just hung … More Message On The Wall

The Underlying Message

  “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Aristotle Criticism is never fun, whether it is coming from a well-meaning person or from your arch ‘frenemy’. If the criticism is meant to be constructive, then you can use it to become a more well-rounded person. And if it is only meant to cause … More The Underlying Message

Tuning In

“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.” Steve Jobs No matter who you are, no matter what you did, no matter where you have come from, you can always change and become an improved version of yourself. Peace, strength and understanding comes to us when we manage to tune … More Tuning In

Now Now Now

      “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. ” Thích Nhất Hạnh Mindfulness is one of those fashionable terms that you see getting used just about everywhere, but what exactly does it mean? According to Daniel J. Siegel, Director of the Mindsight Institute, … More Now Now Now

Responding vs. Reacting

  “Speak when you are angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” Laurence J. Peter When people react, it seems to be defensive. Responding, on the other hand, is more thoughtful. Responses contain reasoning. When faced with conflict, the need to defend ourselves creates opportunities to react, instinctively and at times, negatively. … More Responding vs. Reacting

To Ask Yourself

Ask yourself what you ache for, And if you dare to dream of meeting Your heart’s longing. Ask yourself if you will risk looking like a fool For love, for your dream, For the adventure of being alive. Ask yourself if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, If you have been opened … More To Ask Yourself

Enjoying The Summer

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” F. Scott Fitzgerald Summer is here, it is great time to get out and enjoy yourself. Make this summer … More Enjoying The Summer

For Yourself

“Be gentle first with yourself if you wish to be gentle with others.” Lama Yeshe We are always put other people’s needs above our own. Do not get me wrong – I believe very much in authentic service and caring for others – but when we always put ourselves last, we can end up bitter … More For Yourself

Micro Expressions

  ‘We move in response to our conversation partner’s face, and our brain also fires as we move those muscles and stirs the passions. Paralyzing the face is idiotic.’ John M. Gottman By the time most of us are adult, we have learned to mask our true feelings – at least as they show up … More Micro Expressions