merry Christmas self care and love

Self-care and compassion over Christmas

We send and give Christmas cards to people that we know, care about and love.

On this day, I encourage you to address one to yourself, too.  What would your wishes be? Good health, love, success, prosperity? Pick a card or make it yourself, grab a pen and express your dearest wishes to you from you! Continue reading

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Love without Attachment, Live without Fear

Love without Attachment, Live without Fear

A woman says to her husband, a rabbi, “While you were away, a friend of ours visited us and left two jewels of incalculable value here for me to look after. They’re really lovely jewels! I’ve never seen anything so beautiful before. He has since come to claim them back, and I don’t want to return them. I’ve grown too fond of them. What should I do?”

The rabbi responds firmly, “No one can lose something he or she has not possessed. Keeping those jewels would be tantamount to stealing them. We will give them back…”

She replies, “In fact, they already have been. The two precious jewels were our sons. God entrusted them to our care, and while you were away, he came to fetch them back. They have gone.”

 “The Two Jewels”, Like the Flowing River, Paulo Coelho

 

Attachment to Things

When we talk about attachment, we often discuss it in the context of material possessions. We all know money can’t buy happiness, and we’re aware that there will never come a day when an external object such as a big house or expensive car will make us feel complete, so attaching ourselves and our happiness to these things or wanting them is useless, even dangerous. You can’t buy happiness, right? Continue reading

gratitude during the holiday season

Gratitude and the Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. The time that some of us look forward to and really enjoy, but others of us dread and just can’t wait for it to be all over! In an ideal world, the holiday season is the perfect time to start a habit of practicing daily gratitude. After all, Thanksgiving is all about expressing how grateful we are for the blessings we have received in our lives. And yet, many people lose site of this and make the Thanksgiving holiday, and in fact, the entire holiday season, about other things entirely. They instead choose to focus on: Continue reading

The Power of Love and Compassion

 

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek”

~His Holiness the Dalai Lama~

Society shapes who we are as individuals and has a large role to play in our attitude towards love and life in general. We are social animals who crave love, which is fundamentally the true source of our happiness and main reason we live for. We are born in this way, and we carry it in our genes. Our lives are very much centred around giving and receiving love and affection. But like any human characteristics, the gene of love is not enough to make us a caring and compassionate person. Our social environment can have a significant impact on how we perceive love and how we act upon it. Continue reading