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Why doesn’t meditation work for me?

Why doesn’t meditation work for me?

The wrong impression Meditation makes me think of monks sitting far away in a monastery in the mountains. They sit with hands in lap, cross-legged on the floor. With closed eyes, they murmur, “Om,” over and over again, dragging it out. Seriously, I thought that […]

Practicing Gratitude

Practicing Gratitude

The problem Recently, I’ve really needed some good vibes. For some reasons, even though things are working out alright, I’m not content. I find myself seeing other lives and wishing I have it like them. It’s far too easy for me to get caught up […]

Keeping perspective through hardships

Keeping perspective through hardships

Sometimes life is really hard. I’m not here to pretend life is just sunshine and daisies. Yes, I believe there are tons of those happy moments, but I won’t pretend there aren’t tons of unhappy moments. Sometimes it just sucks. When I was 17, my […]

30 Day Challenge: Combat Self-Deprecation

30 Day Challenge: Combat Self-Deprecation

Since posting about self-deprecation, I’ve had people tell me how encouraging it was. A lot of them didn’t even know they were hurting themselves until they read it. One of my friends said, “I totally do that self-deprecation thing to be humble.” She has a really hard […]

How to Cultivate Happiness in Hardships

How to Cultivate Happiness in Hardships

People ask me all the time, “How can you be happy when life just sucks sometimes?” For some reason, they think I’ll know the answer. The thing is, I have hardships just like anyone else. I don’t think that means my life sucks. Life is […]

Overcoming the Midwinter Blues

Overcoming the Midwinter Blues

I try to see I see myself as a generally happy person, but sometimes I seriously struggle. This winter has been a rough one for me. I’ve been away from family for a long time, and after the holidays were over, it felt like a long […]

Learning to Handle Self-deprecation

Learning to Handle Self-deprecation

One night, my friend broke down in tears after waiting for a date that never showed up. After a lifetime of being her own worst enemy, her negative thoughts took over. “I’m fat.” “I have a greasy face.” “No one will ever love me.” She cried for […]

Rediscovering Silence

Rediscovering Silence

With the distraction of school, two jobs, and a social life, I find that it is easy to forget to take quiet moments and reflect. I have found that my hectic schedule has held me back from my goals. Don’t get me wrong. Most of […]

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” Oscar Wilde

Winter Confessions

Have you been infected with the winter blues? The weather seems to shape up, you roll down the windows and then you’re breathing frozen air again. Most people leave the blankets in the morning, rush to the heated car, to the warm workplace and back […]