Wise Compassion

For some time I have been meaning to revise an old blog post of mine called What Does “Too Nice” Mean?  I think the phrase “too nice” is an unfortunate one because I don’t think its actually possible to be so.  Kindness, thoughtfulness, and compassion are wonderful strengths and the world could certainly use more.  But, it…

Yoga for Wellbeing

Yoga is a multi-faceted practice designed to unite the mental, physical and spiritual. The Yoga Sutras of Patañjali defines yoga as “the stilling of the changing states of the mind”.  Devotion to practice strengthens the body-mind connection and helps build insight and awareness. The physical practice, called asana, is only one limb of yoga. It was originally meant to…

Compassionate Self-Care

Most of us would never consider neglecting our children or pets.  That would be cruel.  We also know what happens when we neglect important relationships.  They wither and fade away.  Neglect our car, it malfunctions and dies.  Neglect our schoolwork or jobs, our performance suffers and we fall behind.  But, what about neglecting ourselves? Many…

Investing Time in Personal Growth

I’m sorry to break the bad news to all the quick fixers out there, but real and lasting positive change takes a significant time investment.  Think of all the self-improvement activities you’ve ever engaged in: getting your education, cultivating long-term relationships, becoming physically fit, excelling at a sport or a musical instrument, exploring your spirituality –…

Procrastination: Causes and Antidotes Chart

Procrastination is a learned behavior involving self-regulation skills, emotions, attitudes, as well as other factors we may be unaware of. While everyone procrastinates, chronic procrastination can cause a number of complications. It can result in reduced productivity, failure to reach one’s potential, and feelings of shame, worthlessness, and despair.  There can even be health consequences…