Relaxation

“This above all: to thine own self be true.” ~William Shakespeare Though I appeared pretty high-functioning and what you might call “normal” as a kid, I was a ball of self-doubt and insecurity from an early age. Overthinking, scrutinizing my actions, and generally worrying about what people thought came as naturally to me as breathing.
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“What is to give light must endure the burning.” ~Viktor Frankl The world is facing challenging times of crisis. Closed borders and travel bans, quarantine, shortage of food supply, scary news, and much fear. Viruses don’t care about our status, money, or fame, spreading from state officials to famous actors. Being a human right now
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EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find a number of helpful coronavirus resources and all related Tiny Buddha articles here. “Distance sometimes lets you know who is worth keeping, and who is worth letting go.”~Lana Del Rey As COVID-19 started to change my life I found myself thinking about my family. My parents who I haven’t really
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One of my dad’s favorite stories to tell about me when I was a kid is when I played catcher in Little League. I was probably around seven years old, but I had (and still do have) an intensity that wasn’t matched. I would squat behind home plate, the catcher’s gear a little too big
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“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France Unconditional love. The thought of my cats envelops me with warmth whenever I think of them. Why? Because we’re so connected. It’s an ethereal thing. Beyond words. Beyond reality. Beyond rationality. When I’m holding them, I feel so spiritually connected.
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“Your heart knows the way. Run in that direction.” ~Rumi “I know I should forgive but I can’t.” I squirmed in my seat as I said this to my teacher. I said this immediately after I explained all that I’d experienced during our meditation exercise.  In the meditation I’d had a vivid recollection of the
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“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha As a 5’4″ petite, half-Asian, people have always assumed that I’m fit. However, my slender figure hid the sins of a poor diet and exercise routine for a decade. The truth is, being skinny doesn’t make you healthy. There are
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“We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~Joseph Campbell It’s hard to believe the state of the world we are in. It feels like 2020 has become the plot of an apocalyptic movie. A microscopic virus invades planet earth
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“Less social media, more everything else.” ~Unknown It’s been a long time since I’ve engaged personally on social media. A while back I made the conscious choice to stop scrolling online and start focusing my time IRL. I was shocked when I did the math. Scrolling for just twenty minutes a day adds up to fifty
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“We cannot always control everything that happens to us in this life, but we can control how we respond.” ~Lionel Kendrick The coronavirus is no longer isolated to just China. It’s here, affecting over the world. It’s all over the news and there is an inescapable sense of anxiety, stress, and uncertainty. Am I scared? Yeah, especially for my elderly parents who are already
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I mean, hungry allll the time. Basically, if I was awake, I was ready to eat. I’d mindlessly pick at whatever was available. I’d wander the kitchen feeling “snacky” all the time. I’d be completely consumed with thoughts of what I was going to eat next from the minute I woke up til the minute
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