Practices for Cultivating Love

Listening to Our Anger: Reflection and Practice

I think we often struggle with allowing ourselves to feel anger. Maybe it is because we feel like there is something shameful or ungracious about such feelings. I know sometimes I struggle with this. Last week, my friend Jack wrote a post about viewing anger as the revolt of our spirit against forces that try… Continue reading Listening to Our Anger: Reflection and Practice

Whimsical Watercolors

The Squirrel and Pumpkin: A Whimsical Watercolor

The other day I was walking down the street, and I saw a partially-carved pumpkin someone had left by the side of the pavement and a squirrel looking with great excitement into it. He looked a lot like this. I was so delighted by him that I painted two other squirrel watercolors. These are just… Continue reading The Squirrel and Pumpkin: A Whimsical Watercolor

Body Love and Body Kindness, Healing Difficult Emotions

You’re Already Awesome, So Act Like It! Using Anger to Fuel Positive Change (A Guest Post from Personal Trainer Jack X Taylor)

A Note from Shelly: A few weeks ago, I went hiking with my friends Jack and Joanna. Jack is a personal trainer and one of the wisest people I know, and Joanna continually amazes me with her weight-lifting accomplishments. (By the way--Joanna is a grandma, and I met her at a strength showcase event in… Continue reading You’re Already Awesome, So Act Like It! Using Anger to Fuel Positive Change (A Guest Post from Personal Trainer Jack X Taylor)

Intentions and Prayers, Spirituality and Love

An Intention or Prayer for Political Hope

This intention/prayer is for you, no matter your political persuasion. If you believe in God, you can use it just as it is as a prayer. If you are uncertain about God or prayer, you can leave off the "Divine Love" part if you like and use it as an intention. If you found this… Continue reading An Intention or Prayer for Political Hope

Healing Difficult Emotions, Lists About Important and Silly Stuff, Politics and Love, Uncategorized

Ten Things to Remember When You are Anxious about Politics

If you are anything like me, voting and politics makes you anxious sometimes. If so, you may be feeling worried, nervous, and anxious today about how the elections will turn out. If you are feeling this way today, here are ten helpful things You (and me, too!) can remember about politics today and always. One:… Continue reading Ten Things to Remember When You are Anxious about Politics