• Health & wellbeing,  Positivity

    What if …?

    “You’ll never get anywhere if you go about what-iffing like that.” ~Roald Dahl In a yoga class earlier this month, our instructor began the morning practice with a short talk about dealing with anxiety. Many of us focus on negative outcomes when we’re worried, she explained, which only makes us twice as anxious. And then she posed the question, “What if we focus instead on what it will be like when everything turns out OK?” In so doing, we could change the tone of our day. It was such a simple idea — yet it stayed with me ever since and has been a useful tool for quieting the waves of…

  • Events & news,  Grief and loss,  Positivity

    Where the light enters

    “The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~Rumi I spend a lot of time thinking about the quotes I post here each morning. First, I hope they’re thought-provoking, informative, or useful to you in some way. Many of you have emailed to tell me you want a dose of positivity to jumpstart your day, so I try to honor that request whenever possible. At the same time, I think it’s important to consider whether or not each quote or sentiment is in sync with the news of the day or the cultural climate. After the war in Ukraine began, after the school shooting in Oxford, and after…

  • Friendship and relationship advice,  Personal growth,  Positivity,  Rumi


    “Look carefully around you and recognize the luminosity of souls. Sit beside those who draw you to that.” ~Rumi Other people’s moods and opinions are contagious. In fact, there’s a clinical study suggesting that we become like the five people with whom we spend most of our time. (Have you ever noticed how so many married couples and best friends actually resemble each other?) According to this theory, if your spouse, peer group, and coworkers are serial pessimists and complainers, you might be one too. Psychological studies aside, I’m drawn to folks who spread their sunshine and beam me out of the shadows when I’m down. The world is dark…