What Hurts Us the Most in Unhealthy and Unloving Relationships

“Once we make our relationship choices in an adult way, a prospective partner who is unavailable, nonreciprocal, or not open to processing feelings and issues, becomes, by these very facts, unappealing. Once we love ourselves, people no longer look good to us unless they...

Family Estrangement: 3 Stories and the Advice You Need to Hear

“Home is not a place, it’s a feeling.” ~Cecilia Ahern This post is written by three people from different parts of the world who came together to share their story of family estrangement and their choice not to reconcile. To the outside world, it seemed none...

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...

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...

How to Come Out Stronger After Heartbreak

“And when I thought ‘I can’t go on,’ the universe expanded, mother earth hummed and the moon whispered, ‘Yes, you can’.” ~Wicked Words Heartbreak. The feeling that so many of us would pay big (BIG) money to skip through. I can’t tell you how many...

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...

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...

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...

HumanKind: A Book That Will Inspire You and Help Change the World

I have always believed that kindness is the truest measure of beauty. And I need only think of my grandmother to confirm that this is true. Giving, nurturing, understanding—she was all these things till the day she died, undeniably radiant, at the age of...

Disconnected and Strong in the Face of COVID-19

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find a number of helpful coronavirus resources and all related Tiny Buddha articles here. “Distance sometimes lets you know who is worth keeping, and who is worth letting go.”~Lana Del Rey As COVID-19 started to change my life I found myself thinking...