The Law of Least Effort

When it comes to healing, The Chopra Center for Wellbeing defines, "The Law of Least Effort," as this: Accepting people, situations, and events as they occur. Taking responsibility for your situation and for all events seen as problems and relinquishing the need to defend your point of view. How does this formula make for an easy and happy life? First, by ac...

Owning Your Place

It takes variety to make the world fun and interesting. We're blessed to live among animals, insects, and reptiles of all kinds. We even live in lands that vary from dry deserts to lush forests, from beaches to mountain tops. So much beauty exists in our world—and thankfully, there's variety.Sometimes we struggle to own our unique spot in our world. As...

How's Your Attitude

I define an attitude as a chronic state of being--your natural disposition. This includes instinctive thoughts, opinions, behaviors, reactions, and perceptions that are so automatic that they seemingly happen without your thinking.Attitudes wind up being the conduit for self-fulfilling prophecies. Positive attitudes produce excellent results overall--like fi...

Heal Lives & Relationships

We all have regrets about the past. Maybe we wished we'd handled a relationship differently, or better? It can be overwhelming to become conscious of the damage that some mistakes have caused. Rather than transform painful choices, relationships blocks, and unhappy lives (which seems to be an obvious solution), many choose to ignore the reality of what they'...

Anything Can Happen If You Let It

While in London, England last year, I was uplifted and motivated after attending the musical production of Walt Disney's 1964 masterpiece, Mary Poppins, on-stage. It's been many years since I've seen the show, and the live performance was wonderful. After observing the enjoyable and practically perfect Mary Poppins reminding a family to love, play, believe, ...

Discovering Gold

The world's largest, solid-gold Buddha statue-which is more than 700 years old, weighs approximately 5.5 tons, and is worth about $14 million in United States currency-was once hidden away, its true value remaining undiscovered for a very long time.The statue has a colorful history. The Golden Buddha, as it is known, was cast in Thailand in the Thirteenth Ce...

Truths to Simple Success

Truths to Simple SuccessAlbert Einstein said, "Everything should be made as simple a possible, but not simpler." This is an important secret to happy living: realizing goals, projects, and purposes and organizing and accomplishing them in simple, yet prevailing fashion. This requires us to eliminate what's unnecessary while holding on to the essent...

Intuitive Living

Intuitive LivingAccording to Albert Einstein, "The only real valuable thing is intuition." Why is that? Because our intuition is a unique, powerful, internal guidance system (much like a GPS) that guides and counsels us through every decision we face--if we will be aware, listen, and respond. (Also, in line with our discussion this month on increas...

Healing Family Patterns

Healing Family PatternsAll families pass along traditions. Some traditions promote success, encourage love, and serve and heal those who choose to participate. Some family traditions come without any good. Others can be both negative and positive. Is there a way to eliminate the negative and keep the positive? Absolutely. In fact, teaching readers to do so ...

The Law of Attraction

Finding Success with "The Law of Attraction"Recently, a client of mine began struggling immensely with his marriage and his pocket book. He was fired from his job, his home entered foreclosure, and his wife wanted a divorce. While his world seemed to be falling down around him, my client wondered why his years of positive affirmations and visualiza...

Healing Happens With Your Help

Healing Happens With Your Help A few years ago, I received a kind e-mail from a friend, author Carol Ritberger, Ph.D., creator of a number of bestselling books, including Healing Happens with Your Help. Carol and I met through our association with our publisher. I love Carol's work and her fun, friendly, and happy disposition. As I thought about this wee...

Use Your Agency to Change

Use Your Agency to Change As human beings, we have the power to choose our responses in every situation. Unlike animals (that have innate tendencies which they alone cannot choose to change), we have the powerful opportunity to exercise agency--our free will to choose our responses. Agency is the ability to think, reason, and change. Yet, our most natural ...

It's All About Emotions

It's All About Emotion"Emotions are constantly regulating what we experience as 'reality.'" -Candace PertRecognizing, understanding, and processing emotions is the key to raising your "Emotional IQ"--and becoming whole. Emotions guide us to know ourselves, both the positive and negative within. They regulate our reality. They form our percept...

Are You Happy?

Are You Happy?by Rebecca Hintze, M.Sc.Everyone wants to be happy and everybody can be when we have healthy attitudes, beliefs, and values. Despite the increase in anti-depressant drug use and talk of emotional disorders, the truth is, most people are happy. According to a recent study, people who live in relatively free countries (and aren't in prison or psy...

Managing Emotions

Managing EmotionsBy Rebecca HintzeDecades ago, when I took my first class about managing emotions, I learned a long list of negative emotions. I memorized them as part of my homework, and to this day, I can still run through that list in my mind in a matter of seconds. They are: "Overwhelm, fear, terror, guilt, shame, anger, burden, betrayal, jealousy, judgm...