How to Be Grateful When It Seems Like Nothing Is Going Right

“You can’t be fearful and grateful simultaneously.” ~Tony Robbins It may be challenging to step into a state of gratitude during a time of tumult and fear. But now, more than ever, we need to practice grace. The practice of gratitude can lift us out...

How I Survived Suicidal Thoughts When I Really Wanted to Die

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca When I was twenty-four my best friend died suddenly in a car accident. She was like a sister to me, so this plunged me into a deep depression. I had struggled with depression...

How to Avoid a Soul-Crushing Life Crisis

“Sometimes it takes an overwhelming breakdown to have an unbelievable breakthrough.” ~Unknown I had hit rock bottom. Now that means different things to different people, so let me explain what my rock bottom meant. I’ll start with my physical health. I was underweight, about twenty-five pounds. My...

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...