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How to Set Your Love Free 365 Days a Year

Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges

As you might remember, my guiding word for the year is “love.”  I sure wish I had access to Tiny Buddha’s 365 Tiny Love Challenges from day one of this year!

Lori Deschene’s brand new book provides the perfect antidote to the digital age, when so many people leave their time on social media feeling empty, inadequate, disconnected, and depressed.

What’s the answer?  Love!  Love for yourself.  Love for others.

That might sound frivolous, but love is not an unnecessary luxury. Giving and receiving love is essential to your well-being.  In fact, research shows a sense of connection can benefit your health, happiness, and ability to respond to stress effectively.

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How to Awaken Love for Yourself and Others

Awaken Love - Yellow Tulip

A few months ago, I attended a celebratory gathering of friends that buzzed with delectable food, aromatic teas, and live music featuring guitar, ukelele, tapas, harmonium, and djembe.

Midway through the  evening, a Hawaiian kumu (teacher), adorned with waist-length gray hair and a colorful tunic, suddenly appeared. As her tiny feet took the floor to speak, the man next to me whispered,  “This is going to be a $1,000 presentation.”

Yes, the kumu’s words made a positive impression on me.  But, it was the mesmerizing movements of her hula dance that split open my heart.

As my tears tumbled, the world expanded.  I felt an uncontainable love as the magical life force of sacred, old style hula (hula kahiko) touched and opened me in unspeakable ways.

In that moment, I knew “love” would be my guiding word for 2015.

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How to Feel and Be Compassionate Towards Someone You Dislike

Compassion for those we dislike

Editor’s Note:  This post responds to a request from a reader who asked me to write about how to feel compassion towards someone you dislike, especially when the person is very present in your life.

Sometimes, you can avoid people you dislike. But, many times they move into your life, your home, your circle, or your work and refuse to depart. It might be a difficult housemate, a trying ex, an impossible boss, or just about anyone.

What do you do then?

You could cave into the constant internal torment that comes from  frustration, impatience, jealousy, anger, or righteousness – to name just a few possible emotional whirlwinds.  You could allow these emotions to build up and then spontaneously pour out as heated words and unkind behaviors, confounding the situation even more. You could immerse yourself in feeling victimized or out-of-control for hours or days at a time.

If you’ve been there and done this – and most of us have – you know it’s excruciatingly unpleasant.  There’s no winning ever.

The Better Option When It Comes To Dislike

The better option – for you and or the other person too – is to use the situation as an opportunity to cultivate compassion.

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The Simple Secret to An Extraordinary Life

Nourish Kindness

An extraordinary life doesn’t result from worldly achievement, the fulfillment of your own passions or fleeting ecstatic experiences.  If you reflect deeply, you’ll see each of these is a temporary state of affairs.

What might look extraordinary from the outside – like incredible financial wealth – may actually be wracked with internal pain and sorrow.  An impressive job title or higher rung on the corporate ladder can be snatched away in a moment, especially in these financially unstable times.  Of course, it’s wonderful if you can follow your passion, but is it healthy to think obsessively about yourself?

Kindness:  The Powerful Alternative for an Extraordinary Life

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu

I believe kindness lies at the heart of an extraordinary life.  Kindness is a powerful alternative to the get ahead philosophy of life, which won’t matter much when death arrives.

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The Amazing Power of a Little Girl’s Wish

This short video will touch your heart and uplift your day!  If you are like me, chances are a gush of tears will flow too.

This is the story of a nine-year old girl who made a wish that came to fruition in a powerful way.  It illustrates how our thoughts, words, and actions ripple out to touch others for better or for worse.  Rachel reminded me that the way to transform our inner and outer world is to choose our thoughts, words, and actions carefully, and infuse them with positive motivation for ourselves and others.

Thank you for reading and sharing!  If you enjoyed this video please subscribe for free updates by email.  With love,  Sandra


What Would You Do If You Lived in Fukushima?

Sunflowers for Fukushima

In the midst of darkness, there is light.

Invisible Snow is the touching story of a Buddhist monk who initiated the planting of millions of sunflowers, which are believed to absorb radiation coming from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

If you have a few extra minutes (only 4), please don’t miss it.  Oh, and this blog post title is a good question for reflection too!


Thank you to mike edelman  for sharing the link on Google+  // Image:  public domain

Please spread the inspiration by sharing the link.  With love, Sandra

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