Why “Hug a Tree” is Good Advice: What the Hippies Know

The other day I read, “Go hug a tree”  And thought “That’s crazy hippy talk”. But then I remembered 3rd grade when I visited a tree on our playground every week And wrote about my tree and How it changed through seasons. I loved that tree. In junior high there was a tree in my back … Continue reading Why “Hug a Tree” is Good Advice: What the Hippies Know

Another Thing You Can Do When You are Anxious: Take a Rain Check (Brief Reflection and Practice)

Sometimes when we are really anxious, it is because we are trying to solve today problems that we don’t actually have to solve for a week, ten weeks, or even ten years. For instance, I remember when I was just beginning high school, I worried about where I was going to go to college. When … Continue reading Another Thing You Can Do When You are Anxious: Take a Rain Check (Brief Reflection and Practice)

Sticking Up for Ourselves and Resisting Bullies and Boundary Crashers: How to Cultivate Self-Love, Part #4

Sticking Up for Our Friends Imagine a very dear friend that you love a great deal. Now imagine that someone is picking on your friend, being cruel to her, bullying her, calling her names. Imagine how indignant you would feel at this bully’s treatment of your friend. I bet you would stand up for your … Continue reading Sticking Up for Ourselves and Resisting Bullies and Boundary Crashers: How to Cultivate Self-Love, Part #4

What to Do When You Feel Anxious (Brief Reflection and Practice)

I would like you to imagine that you are walking in the woods, and you come to a stream. The water is low, and you want to cross to the other side. Luckily for you, there is a path of stepping stones across the stream that can take you safely to the other side, so … Continue reading What to Do When You Feel Anxious (Brief Reflection and Practice)

What are You Saying to Yourself Today? (Brief Reflection and Practice)

The things you say to yourself can empower you to live more fully and beautifully, or they can wilt your spirit. You are the closest person to you, so what you say to yourself really matters. How our spirit feels when we say unkind things to ourselves. Here are two things you can practice today: … Continue reading What are You Saying to Yourself Today? (Brief Reflection and Practice)

Why Self-Love is Not Selfishness and Narcissism: On Becoming a Good Friend to Others by Being a Good Friend to Ourselves

Self-Love Makes Us Uncomfortable People often feel very uncomfortable with the idea of loving themselves. I know that for years I did. Perhaps this is because in the past we have encountered people who seemed to love themselves more than anyone else, and this led them to act in a narcissistic and selfish manner to those … Continue reading Why Self-Love is Not Selfishness and Narcissism: On Becoming a Good Friend to Others by Being a Good Friend to Ourselves