The Calm Dividend

When we find ourselves out of sorts emotionally and reacting to family, relationship or career stress, the discomfort and agitation can be overwhelming. But we can soften our response to overwhelm by developing and nurturing inner calm. Brief meditations, sitting...

The Real You

The real you has nothing to do with the dramas of everyday life. The real you observes what’s happening as a spectator watches a film. That part of you never regrets or judges your experience, but views everything with equanimity, joy and love. You can access...

Whatever Happens, Use It

How we respond to what happens matters more than what actually happens. Even a tragic event can serve as a catalyst to awaken us. While it’s important to acknowledge our genuine feelings, we do have the ability to consciously choose how we frame and respond to...

Independence Day

Different countries celebrate the dates they gained liberty from colonialism or tyranny. But there’s another kind of liberty that delivers an even greater feeling of well-being: freedom from dependence on external conditions for our own happiness. This freedom...

Internal Vacation

You can take a vacation from the stress of your everyday life without fear of losing your competitive edge by grounding yourself in three types of awareness: 1) Your intrinsic value as a human being does not depend on what you do or how others perceive you; 2)...

Protect this First

When people disagree with us, the uneasiness we feel isn’t really a result of their differing opinions, it’s usually about us feeling a lack of validation. The mistaken assumption that being right is more important than feeling peaceful causes us to take...