Gratitude 2.0

No one will argue the benefits of practicing gratitude.  Count your blessings, look on the bright side of life, be thankful for what you have, the wise advise.  Sure, it’s good for us, and enjoyable too, to acknowledge our wins — an achievement, acquisition, validation, improvement.  But what about gratitude when things don’t go our way at all — during loss, failure, uncertainty, rejection? GRATITUDE 2.0 Lately, I am practicing my gratitude on this deeper level.  Advanced gratitude.  Gratitude 2.0, I’ll call it.  The foundational pre-requisite for this course is humility, the acceptance that perhaps I don’t know what is…

Ask. Let Go. Listen.

This painting is one of intention, hope and faith, from the Light chapter of Millennial Mom’s tale. Desire is fundamental to our human nature.  It fuels our growth, and leads us to evolve.  Ultimately, it is the path to our true selves, leading us to work for the things that bring the deepest fulfillment. It is a universal desire… a need… to be known, to feel understood, cared for, loved.  When those needs aren’t met, we turn to substitute gratifications.  We over-consume substitutes — food, drugs or alcohol, entertainment, shopping, sex, work, perfectionism.  Or we seek to protect ourselves with…

Forgive Me

Forgive Me, is a pivotal work in the final chapter of the Millennial Mom story. THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE Want freedom from suffering?  A good place to start is to face your painful truth.  In trying to make sense of challenging outcomes, rather than blaming those things we cannot control – other people, society, fate/the universe/God/whatever-you-believe-in –  instead, look within. After many years of struggle, I’ve found freedom in honestly and humbly looking at my part, in how things go down.  How have I contributed to what is troubling me?  Where have I selfishly wanted life to go…

Love Yourself First

I have pondered long the difference between selfishness and self-love. My husband has a problem with this one, says people will take it the wrong way.  Egos will read this as license to think only of themselves.  Mayhem will ensue.  That I fail to acknowledge the true One-Self of the enlightened. But I trust my readers will understand what I’m saying, largely because many have lived the consequences of what happens when we don’t heed this advice. Below, I share why this matters, and what it means in our day-to-day life. We can heal the world by first healing ourselves,…

Millennial Mom Surrenders…And It’s Not What You Think

I love this painting, because it is one of the transformational points in the Millennial Mom story. Deep in her emotional underworld of despair and grief, she finds the key to change and resiliency. When most people think of surrender, they think of weakness, and failure. I think surrender is about strength, faith and maturity, and is critical to peace of mind. Just let go. Let go of how you thought life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. – unknown, quote found in my journal OUR CULTURE OF MAKING IT…

Our Playing Small Does Not Serve the World

 “The saddest part of life lies not in the act of dying but in failing to live while we are alive. Too many of us play small with our lives, never letting the fullness of our humanity see the light of day.” I found this quote in one of my journals, unfortunately without an author credit. I love this message. Let me tell you why… I was raised in a small, close-knit, rural community where family, hard work and humility are deeply-held values. The expression, “he/she thinks highly of herself” was a criticism, rather than a compliment toward someone who…