Compassion in the Midst of Madness

BY LEO BABAUTA Whether you’re in the U.S. or not, the results of the election can bring up some strong feelings — maybe outrage or depression, maybe elation and shock, maybe contempt for others. In this crazy emotional time, I urge you to try a compassion practice. Perhaps, like some people I know, you are angry about the outcome, and Continue Reading →

A Mindful Shift of Focus

BY LEO BABAUTA Throughout the day, we get frustrated, irritated, angry. We are frustrated in traffic, when a loved one doesn’t behave the way we like, when someone tells us we’re wrong, when technology doesn’t work the way we want, when dinner is ruined, among many other daily stresses. These frustrations can build up into unhappiness, relationship problems, work problems, Continue Reading →

Parental love – If I go see a shrink, will you love me again?

http://em.flinthillspagans.org/2008/09/it-is-never-too-late-to-provide-ourselves-with-what-we-need-to-awaken-this-inner-being/ I must refuse “to be beholden to someone else’s expectations” any longer. It’s time to let go and be my own adult. So, these shoes. Did I mention the shoes already? *sigh* I guess it all stemmed from the shoes. My parents bought my son shoes that lit up. A lot. He’s 9 years old, btw. So, when I saw Continue Reading →

Wow! Can’t believe someone would do that!

I just got chased through parts of Topeka by a madman throwing.. food.. I think? something with mayonnaise? Really gross.. Really scary!! Turned off before I reached the police station, dammit and didn’t get a tag number. :( Honestly, I’m still shaking. I merged into his lane and then he turned stopped to turn, I was a bit close, but Continue Reading →

Understanding the motivation behind instant anger

What Lies Beneath Why We Lash Out Each one of us has experienced situations where we’ve found ourselves lashing out at someone without meaning to. We later berate ourselves for losing control and feel guilty for treating the other person badly. And while it is human nature that our emotions and moods will get the better of us from time Continue Reading →