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Use the Power of Choice to Create the Life of Your Dreams

The intentions we set and the choices we make are what propels us towards our dreams. Life will throw many different situations at us, but ultimately we are in control of how these situations affect us when we view the big picture of our own path. I’m a very spiritual person, but I’ve never believed in strict destiny. I don't think we choose pain and suffering as a part of our life. These horrible experiences are...

16 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays When You Have a Mental Illness

The holiday season presents a lot of challenges for everyone. It’s a time of year focused on family, love, and connection, but stress, consumerism, loneliness, and a bunch more unpleasant feelings like to mix themselves in with the merriment. Although each person can probably identify a stressor that prevents them from fully enjoying the holidays, us living with mental illness have an even harder time. Sometimes it’s spending a holiday with family and friends that...

Find Peace by Expressing Your Emotions

Sometimes, it’s helpful to be upset.  Mindfulness is characterized by not resisting our reality, and sometimes that reality is emotional upset. Sometimes peaceful acceptance lies not in avoiding the upset, but rather in letting it rule us for a hot second. Although it might sound backwards, freeing our emotions allows us to keep calm when we need it most.  Peace can arrive post-emotion. The way this works is because, when we ignore the upset, we’re actually resisting...

We Are Accountable for Our Own Joy

Have you ever wondered why millions of people read self-help books, but so few actually end up feeling more joyous? There’s one key understanding that’s rarely talked about, but essential for helping us employ everything we read, hear, absorb, or are coached towards. This allows us to find joy. It all starts with an extremely common (totally false) phrase we too often say or think: “I’d be happy if…” and we fill in the blank with some...

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