Why Joy Is Important for Healing Developmental Trauma

“We all have everything we need within us to create our fullest potential.” ~Abraham Maslow Did you grow up with a critical, distant, or ignorant mother? She probably made sure that your physical needs were covered, but she never noticed or understood your emotional needs. If...

What I’ve Learned Since My Years Feeling Stuck and Unlovable

This writing is in memory of my father, who—without knowing it—helped make me the man I am today. When I was a young boy, my father seemed bigger than life, like most fathers seem to young sons. I looked at him in the same way...

Giveaway: Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal – A Tool to Calm Your Mind

This post contains a giveaway. If you’re reading this in your inbox, click here to enter on the site! Though life has become a lot less busy for many these days, I suspect a lot of us have incredibly busy minds given all the uncertainty...

A Buddhist Chaplain Shares How to Cope with the Pandemic

When I decided over two years ago to become a Buddhist Chaplain, I could’ve never dreamed that I would be experiencing our current pandemic crisis. I chose to become a Buddhist Chaplain after I lost my son in 2010. The experience of losing a child...

How to Successfully Cope with a Crisis using Surrender

“Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be.” ~Sonia Ricotti The scent of sanitizer once again pervades my home. And as much as I am grateful for it, every time I use it, that astringent, alcoholic smell takes...

How I Know I’m Strong (and You Are Too)

“If there’s ever a tomorrow when we’re not together, there’s something you should remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you.”...

The Most Important Lessons We Can Take from This Pandemic

“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, some danced. Some met their shadows. And...

Why I Want to Be More Like My Cancer-Stricken Cat

“A cat purring on your lap is more healing than any drug in the world, as the vibrations you are receiving are of pure love and contentment.” ~St. Francis of Assisi We all know what it is like to be sick. At some point in our...

Free Online Summit: Cultivate Presence, Compassion, and Resilience

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of free online summits that bring together inspiring healers and teachers who can help us cultivate presence and strengthen our resilience. With this in mind, I’m excited to invite you to Practicing in the Midst, a FREE,...

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

“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 everything from vacations to visits with friends to my...