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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” ~Pema Chodron
The technical term is Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. This is when one stumbles upon a new, unfamiliar, or unusual piece of information, and …
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“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~Dan Millman
I’d love to say I had an “Eat, Pray, Love” moment where sitting sobbing in the bathroom I received divine guidance to …
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Whether you’re a regular reader here or you just found your way to Tiny Buddha recently, odds are you’re familiar with the practice of mindfulness, but you may not be aware of the many benefits.
A regular mindfulness practice can …
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“A creative life is an amplified life.” ~Elizabeth Gilbert
When I look back at my life, I recognize that some of the most pivotal moments revolved around creativity and self-expression.
As a kid, that meant community theater. My first solo …
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Given that I’ve been reconnecting with the power and joy of creativity…
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A hydrating facial mist is a simple and effective way to add moisture to your face. They are non-greasy, don’t affect makeup, and customized for your skin.
A DIY Hydrating Facial Mist Customized for Your Skin was written by Debra Maslowski.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~Viktor E. Frankl
It’s massively important how we define our …
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“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which …
If you’re looking for a quick, make-ahead breakfast, you will love overnight oats! We show you how to make them including 5 delicious ways to flavor them.
A Simple Overnight Oats Recipe with 5 Flavor Ideas was written by Sarah Ozimek.
“My biggest fear is that I’m not good enough. I have this voice in my head that I’ve been battling for years that says, ‘You’re not really talented enough. You don’t really deserve this.’ ” ~Rachel Platten
When we’re continually …
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“Sacrifice is at the heart of repentance. Without deeds, your apology is worthless.” ~Bryan Davis
When I was young I was like every other kid, always in and out of trouble. I pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in …
The post Beyond Sorry: A Better Way to Handle Conflict in Your Relationship appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that every person you pass on the street has an inner life as rich as your own?
Every single person is like you in many ways, and yet so beautifully complex …
The post We’re All the Same Yet Different, and We’re All Doing the Best We Can appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
Hello, friends. Lori here. As you may know, I’m the founder of this site. As you may not know, I’m also an aspiring filmmaker and lover of all things creative.
Two years ago I co-wrote and produced my first short …
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Overuse of everyday cleaning products can lead to VOC overexposure. Avoid this hazard by replacing common commercial products with natural DIY alternatives.
Natural Alternatives to VOC Rich Cleaning Products was written by Debra Maslowski.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” ~Nietzsche
A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences found that a ninety-minute walk in nature slows our worried, troublesome thoughts about ourselves and our lives. Even better, it reduces …
The post The Healing Power of Nature: How Walking in the Rain Saved My Life appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
Beautiful inside and out—
I gave a little start when those words flashed onto the screen during a presentation by the poet Elizabeth Bradfield. Liz was in the process of describing six-word memoirs, modeled on Hemingway’s heartbreaking story …
The post Adapting to Feeling Unseen: How I’m Navigating a World That Overlooks the Aging appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
“I’ve come to trust not that events will always unfold exactly as I want, but that I will be fine either way. The challenges we face in life are always lessons that serve our soul’s growth.” ~ Marianne Williamson
The post What Expecting to Die Young Taught Me About Living a Happy Life appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
Learn how to get rid of static cling in your laundry without the use of harsh, expensive chemicals. These 8 simple and effective solutions will surprise you.
8 Natural Ways to Reduce Static Cling in The Laundry was written by Betsy Jabs.
“Compassionate listening is to help the other side suffer less.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
In late 2017 my husband and I were both getting ready for work one morning when I casually said, “Hey, I think I’m going to start teaching …
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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a …
The post How Gratitude Journaling Can Boost Your Mood and Change Your Life appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
“Life is a balance between what we can control and what we cannot. I am learning to live between effort and surrender.” ~Danielle Orner
Over a year ago, I boarded a plane and found myself on the beautiful beaches of …
The post How I Learned to Stop Pushing So Hard and Enjoy the Moment appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
“A pause gives you breathing space so listen to the whispers of the real you waiting to happen.” ~Tara Estacaan
You and I, we’re much too busy. We’re doing too much. We’re stressed. We’re overscheduled and overwhelmed. And we’re not …
The post Escape Isn’t Self-Care: What We Really Need to Feel Whole and at Peace appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
A couple weeks back I shared a quote on Facebook that really spoke to me:
“A child is going to remember who was there, not what you spent on them. Kids outgrow toys and outfits, but they never outgrow time …
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“The beautiful thing about fear is that when you run to it, it runs away.” ~Robin Sharma
During my first-grade choir concert, my classmate, Meg, fainted from the top row of the bleachers, and in a subconscious gesture of empathy, …
The post How to Tackle Fear and Anxiety Cognitively, Behaviorally, and Spiritually appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
I’ve spent so much time on the dieting hamster wheel that I am almost too ashamed to admit it. Throughout my teen years I went from one crash diet to the next. When this proved more than unfruitful and …
This is veteran soap maker Debra Maslowski’s “Oils for Soap Making guide”. It helps you decide which oils to use based on what properties you want your soap to have.
Guide for Choosing the Correct Oils For Soap Making was written by Debra Maslowski.
“What you tell yourself every day will lift you up or tear you down. Choose wisely.” ~Unknown
It was a story I just couldn’t get out of my head. A young teen had died in a town not far from …
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“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” ~Deepak Chopra
I found my peace in New York City, where I spent a year as a consultant on a temporary work assignment.
It may seem counter-intuitive that …
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“You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.” ~Philip Arnold
Every meditator knows the dilemma of trying to find that perfectly quiet place to meditate, where silence is the golden rule …
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“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life.” ~Gordon Parks
Have you ever noticed how powerful enthusiasm is? It can be contagious.
If a friend or someone around us is enthusiastic there’s a certain energy or presence that shines from them that …
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“Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path.” ~Zen proverb
I thought the concept of a “cold sweat” was unreal and paradoxical until the evening of August 27, 2014. That was my first cold sweat. My first of …
The post Grief Isn’t Something You Live Through, It’s Something You Live With appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
Learning how to make beeswax candles gives you a fun new skill and control over the ingredients. Enjoy using these, giving away as gifts, or even selling to your local community!
“The meaning of life is just to be alive. It is so plain and so obvious and so simple. And yet, everybody rushes around in a great panic as if it were necessary to achieve something beyond themselves.” ~Alan Watts…
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ~Jack Kornfield
It seemed like the natural thing to do.
A middle-aged man had dropped his keys near me. I jumped up, hopped over, picked the keys up, and gave …
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Hi friends! Since we’re well into December now, I imagine many of you may be either starting or rounding out your holiday shopping. If you’re not yet familiar with Backpack Buddha, I highly recommend checking them out!
What I …
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“Mindfulness is about love and loving life. When you cultivate this love, it gives you clarity and compassion for life, and your actions happen in accordance with that.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
I started meditating and practicing mindfulness more seriously several years …
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live.” ~Natalie Babitt
Once a month, I visit the local cemetery and walk around. I’m not there to visit …
The post Why Remembering You’re Going to Die Is the Best Motivator appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
This simple yet beautiful Christmas potpourri contains dried oranges, evergreen branches, cinnamon sticks, and mini ornaments to add a festive holiday touch.
A Simple DIY Christmas Potpourri for Holiday Decor was written by Katie Vance.
“Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more, and trust that in this moment, who you are, where you are at, and what you are doing is enough. You will get to where you need to be …
The post How I Healed from an Eating Disorder and Stopped Hating Myself and My Body appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~Rumi
“Isn’t this a miracle?” I asked myself in the milk aisle at Whole Foods.
It was a Wednesday night …
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“You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.” ~Philip Arnold
Do you ever doubt yourself?
As if no matter how hard you try, it’s never enough. Do you always tell yourself …
The post How I Escaped the Negative Thought Loop That Kept Me Down and Stuck appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
“I’m not sad about any of my life. It’s so unconventional. It doesn’t look anything like I thought it would.” ~Edie Falco
I knew what was coming. My co-worker Rose was midway through her second chocolate martini and feeling loose …
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25 sweet and savory ideas for popcorn toppings. Salt and butter are great, but why not try kettle corn, salted caramel corn, or even pesto or BBQ flavored popcorn!
“Our spiritual mission is not to ignore the darkness, but to bring light to the darkness.” ~Marianne Williamson
It’s 3:17AM. You’ve been staring at the clock since 1:42AM, mind racing, body tense. In five hours you’re going to have to …
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“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn
I met Damon as one of about twenty ex-cons on a hiking expedition up Pike’s Peak. Like the others, he was kind …
“Every moment of your life is a second chance.” ~Rick Price
We are constantly telling ourselves stories about who we are and what we are capable of achieving.
These stories are sometimes the nostalgia of once-upon-a-time that whispers longingly to …
The post Your Story Shapes Your Life—and You Can Change It At Any Time appeared first on Tiny Buddha.
This simple DIY facial can be made in under a minute at home! The quick process gives fabulous results thanks to the secret ingredient: carbonated water!
The Best Simple DIY Facial To Make and Use at Home was written by Debra Maslowski.
“Its amazing how quickly someone can becomes a stranger; its even more amazing how quickly someone can become a treasured friend.” ~Unknown
The past six months have been unbelievably difficult for me.
My “normal” life turned upside down and inside …
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“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
I don’t think there is anything more liberating.
At least nothing I’ve experienced at this …
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“The root of suffering is attachment.” ~The Buddha
Getting dumped a few weeks before my wedding was the most painful experience of my life to date, but how I came through it is the single proudest moment of my life.…
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This recipe shows you how to make glycerin soap. It makes a fun, moldable base (purged of all lye and oils) that you can make into many shapes and colors.
How to Make A Clear and Natural Glycerin Soap Base was written by Debra Maslowski.
“When you say yes to others, make sure you are not saying no to yourself.” ~Paulo Coelho
There it is again. Another person asks me for help. There’s a sharp pull inside of me to stop what I am doing …
“You can have your experience without your experience having you.” ~Linda Pransky
You’re no doubt aware that your moods can fluctuate from day to day, even moment to moment. I think most people can appreciate, when they really consider it, …
“How pleasant is the day when we give up striving to be young or slender. ‘Thank God!’ we say, ‘those illusions are gone.’” ~Alain de Botton
Are you high functioning at school, college, or in your career, but dysfunctional with …
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Learn the reported magnesium oil benefits that have worked for many people, and learn how to make magnesium oil at home. Our recipe is simple and inexpensive.
“Slow down. Calm down. Don’t worry. Don’t hurry. Trust the process.” ~Alexandra Stoddard
Heard in the offices across America…
“I’m so busy and have no time!”
“How is it almost 2019 already?!”
“I’ll sleep when I’m dead…”
We’re so focused …
“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your own understanding.” ~Khalil Gibran
There was a time in my life where I felt like everything needed to seem okay.
I had trouble achieving emotional closeness in my relationships, …
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Our homemade mouthwash is natural, effective, and gentle, not harsh like the store-bought stuff. It’s easy to make and costs far less than commercial brands but works just as well.
“Always speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.” ~Unknown
You may not want to admit this to others, but I know the truth about you.
You freeze, clam up, and shut down when tensions rise and your spidey-sense detects …
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“The opposite of sensitive is not ‘tough.’ It’s insensitive. Sensitivity is a gift. Let’s nurture it, not squash it.” ~Glennon Doyle
I would run no matter how much snow and ice there was, no matter how tired I was or …
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