8 Ways to Bring Peace to Your Life

8 Ways to Bring Peace to Your Life

You can bring peace to your life by first becoming mindful of the thoughts you think, the words you speak, and the actions you take. 

Peace of mind isn’t something you find by looking Out there, but rather by looking Within yourself. And today I will share with you a few simple ways in which you can return to your Center and bring peace to your life.

8 Ways to Bring Peace to Your Life

1. Walk in Humility

Humility isn’t about thinking less of yourself nor is it about allowing those around you to walk all over you.

No! That’s not humility.

Humility is this peaceful remembrance that we are all in this together and that none of us is better, or worse than another. We are all ONE and the same.

To walk in humility is to return to your Sacred Heart – the Center of your Being, and realize that we are all moving in the same direction. We are all striving to return Home. 

“The truly humble cannot be humbled. They are immune to humiliation. They have nothing to defend. There is no vulnerability and, therefore, the truly humble do not experience critical attacks by others. Instead, a truly humble person sees the critical verbalization by another person as merely a statement of the other person’s inner problems.” ~ David R. Hawkins

2. Offer yourself to those around you

I have always loved this quote from my mentor, Wayne Dyer:

“When you seek happiness for yourself, it will always elude you, if you seek happiness for others, you will find it for yourself.” ~ Wayne Dyer

We live in a world where people are starving for love, peace, and affection. A world where more and more people are feeling alone and disconnected from themselves, the ones they love and the world around them. And by offering the gift of our presence, time, love, and affection, we can help ease, not only their pain and suffering but also our own.

3. Be okay with not knowing

I know you want to know everything about everything. And I know you want to understand why certain things are the way they are. But you have to be humble enough to accept that certain things are beyond your human comprehension. 

There are things in this world that are far too big for your limited mind to grasp and comprehend.

And that’s okay.

There’s nothing wrong with not knowing.

“In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it—thou art a fool.” ~ Lord Chesterfield

4. Surrender to a Higher Power

Believe it or not, we are not alone in this world nor do we have to do all of it alone.

We have help. 

We have guidance.

We have love and we have support.

But we have to surrender first.

And we do this by humbling ourselves before our own Hearts and Souls, and putting our faith and trust in a Power Greater than ourselves.

“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” ~ Isaiah 55:9

5. Simplify your life

According to the 80/20 rule, we only use 20% of the things we own. The rest is just clutter.

And the same goes for everything else.

We clutter our lives with thoughts, things, people, and experiences that take the life out of our lives, and rob us of our peace. But thankfully, we can escape this trap by removing the clutter and by simplifying our lives.

6. Forgive them all

Forgiveness is not just a verb, but also a great revenge.

When you forgive, you prove to those who have harmed you that your happiness and peace of mind are a lot more important than clinging to the poisonous memories of the past.

To forgive is to be FREE.

Forgive them all and let yourself be free.

7. Let there be Thank You’s 

If we look back in history at some of the greatest men and women who walked this Earth, we will discover that both their joys and their sorrows were necessary to craft their inspiring and grand lives.

Since we can’t really know what each event – painful and not so painful, will play in the grand scheme of things, it is wise to get into the habit of saying ‘Thank You’ for all the pleasant and not so pleasant gifts life sends our way.

In the end, they all play an essential role in our growth, evolution, and spiritual awakening.

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.” ~ Khalil Gibran

8. Bathe in Love

When you open your eyes in the morning, ask your heart to bathe you in Love. Ask your heart to open itself as wide as it possibly and ask it to bathe you and the whole world in its Love. Ask it to transform you and everyone you come in contact with.

And it will!

What about you? What can you do right now to bring peace to your life? You can share your comment below 🙂


10 questions you must ask yourself to discover your life’s purpose

We all need to engage in self-reflection every now and then. It helps us maintain a conscious awareness of where we are, where we have been and where you intend to go.

Through self-reflection, we are able to see, organize and plan our steps to reach our desires and dreams.

While it can be difficult to ask yourself the tough questions, once you do, you’ll have a clearer idea of who you are and what you really want in life.

So, if you would like to maximize the benefits of self reflection, ask yourself these 10 questions to provoke your mind and force you to reconsider the way you live and see the world.

1) What is worth suffering for?

If you want the benefits of something in life, you have to also want the costs. If you really want the 6 pack abs, then you have to be prepared to the go through the blood, sweet and tears at the gym.

2) Based on my daily routines, where can I expect to be in 5 years?

Our habits define us and ultimately determine what we’ll eventually achieve in our lifetime. If you really want to achieve your big goals in 5 years,then you need to make incremental improvements every single day. And it all starts with your daily routines.

3) What do I need to spend more or less time doing going forward?

What’s really important in your life? So many of us get distracted with day to day tasks that we forget where our main priorities are. An important mantra to keep in mind is: Productivity is not just about getting things done, it’s about getting the right things done.

4) What’s my real purpose?

As Viktor Frankl so eloquently put it: “Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it.

For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued, it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than one’s self.” So think bigger. Be a part of something greater than yourself.

5) What I am pretending not to know?

A lot of people think that happiness comes from thinking positive all the time. But it doesn’t. Happiness comes from embracing reality and accepting life as it is. When we stop deceiving ourselves, more possibilities open up to experience the beauty of the present moment.

6) What old rejections are still holding me back today?

We’ve all had scars and rejections in our life. And too often, they affect our future decisions. But we don’t need to be scared anymore. Don’t let old rejections take up permanent residence in your head.

7) What do I not want others to know about me?

We all have problems and flaws. If you try to hide them, you don’t give anyone a chance to understand you for who you are. Be open about your problems and move on. The people in your life will see your flaws as signs that you are just as human as they are.

8) Are the people around me helping me or hurting me?

The people around us hold a huge influence on our life. You simply cannot expect to live a positive and fulfilling life if the people around you are negative. As hard as it may be, it’s something you need to address.

9) How are my “shoulds” getting in the way of my “haves”?

The desire of our ego are often in conflict with the emotions of our heart. You must be prepared to let go of what you have planned to appreciate the moment and what you have right now.

10) What is worth smiling about?

We all have something to smile about. Take a second to think about what you can be grateful for right now. You might realize that you can be happy in the present moment, right now.

What Did Stephen Hawking Do? The Physicist’s 5 Biggest Achievements

On Wednesday, world-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking died at age 76 in his home in Cambridge, England. He lived for 55 years with the neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and as a result, he spent most of his life using a wheelchair, which, for the last decade, also included hands-free communication capability that gave him the computerized voice with which so many people now associate him.

As a working physicist and prolific public figure, Hawking helped revolutionize the field of astrophysics. His scholarship helped elucidate our modern understanding of the universe and its origins, and he was quick to share his views on humanity and society. While his achievements are many, there are five in particular worth noting.


5. Stephen Hawking Theorized How Black Holes Emit Information

Black holes are notoriously hungry phenomena, distorting spacetime and sucking in any matter that passes within their event horizon. But Hawking theorized that black holes actually radiate energy as a result of quantum effects near the event horizon. We could only observe this theoretical energy, which is referred to as “Hawking radiation,” in smaller black holes that are about the same mass as our sun. In larger black holes, it would be overwhelmed by the gas falling into the black hole. Hawkin’s hypothesized phenomenon hasn’t been directly observed, but as Inverse previously reported, physicists are working on it.

'Big Bang Theory' loved its nerdy celeb cameos, and Stephen Hawking's was an absolute treasure.

4. Stephen Hawking Proposed That the Singularity Was an Essential Element of the Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory — the physics one, not the television one — proposes the universe began with a powerful expansion that started with one point, the singularity. Before Hawking’s time, physicists tried to reconcile the apparent paradox of the singularity. The idea of a single point of infinite density simply didn’t mesh with the conventional views of physics in the middle of the 20th century. In 1970, though, Hawking co-authored a paper with Roger Penrose that began to reconcile this notion.

This paper, titled “The singularities of gravitational collapse and cosmology,” countered the widely discussed notion that the Big Bang was preceded by the universe contracting. Physicists generally accept this version of the Big Bang Theory, in which there was nothing before the beginning of the universe.

Ripples in spacetime.

3. Stephen Hawking Proposed There Was No Meaningful Distinction Between Space and Time in the Early Universe

In his 1988 best-selling book, A Brief History of Time, Hawking proposed that at the very beginning of the universe, space existed, but time as we know it did not yet exist. Astrophysicists continue to describe space and time as being intrinsically tied to one another, but Hawking hypothesized that at the very beginning of everything there was no meaningful distinction. The curious public digested this hypothesis in Hawking’s book, but physicists continue to debate his idea.

Stephen Hawking, Big Bang

2. Stephen Hawking Provided Evidence That Time Travel Is Impossible

Back in 2009, Hawking hosted a time traveler party, inviting time travelers to join him for a reception to celebrate their achievements. Here’s the catch, though: He didn’t send out the invitations until the next day. The idea was that anyone who actually showed up would clearly be legit since nobody knew about the party before it happened. On Hawking’s 75th birthday in 2017, he announced that nobody had shown up to his party. While this isn’t definitive proof that time travel doesn’t exist, it’s pretty strong evidence. After all, if you discovered how to travel through time, wouldn’t Hawking’s time travel party be one of your first destinations?

Stephen Hawking on 'The Simpsons'

1. Stephen Hawking Played Himself Four Times on The Simpsons

Sure, revolutionizing astrophysics is great, but what about having your cartoon avatar immortalized for posterity? In addition to playing himself on Star Trek, Hawking appeared on The Simpsons four times between 1999 and 2010. Sure, this achievement wasn’t scientific, strictly speaking, but it does embody the character and public image of one of the best-known scientists in modern history. As a physicist, Hawking didn’t create much original work in his later years. But as a science popularizer, he continued to inspire people to learn about the world around them. And as far as monumental achievements go, that one’s hard to overstate.


10 Important Things You Should Know about Happiness


Since a lot of people are looking for happiness in all the wrong places, I thought it would be a good idea to write another blog post on happiness. Here are:

10 Important Things You Should Know about Happiness

1. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

The quality of your thoughts determines the quality of your life. If your mind is pure and your thoughts happy, positive, healthy and empowering, your life will be, too.

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

2. Your happiness depends on you.

Every single person is responsible for their own happiness, and you yourself are responsible for your own. Never rely on someone else for your happiness. Always remember that your happiness depends on you.

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” ~ Stacey Charter

3. Happiness begins with acceptance.

Happiness begins with acceptance – acceptance of what was, acceptance of what is, and acceptance of what will and/or might be. By accepting, embracing and making peace with yourself, your life and the world around you, not only do you become a lot happier and more at peace, but you will also make room in your life for something better to emerge.

“Acceptance looks like a passive state, but in reality it brings something entirely new into this world. That peace, a subtle energy vibration, is consciousness.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

4. Happiness is about loving yourself just as you are.

Happiness is about forgiving yourself for all your so-called mistakes and failures. It’s about making peace with all your flaws and all your imperfections and accepting yourself just as you are. 

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” ~ Alan Cohen

5. There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

“There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special. And remember that time waits for no one. So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Saturday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again, to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy.” ~Author Unknown

6. Happiness is about living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.

The more you learn to express your gratitude and appreciation for every experience, every interaction and every little thing that life sends your way, the happier you will become and the better your life will get. 

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.” ~ Frederick Keonig

7. Happiness is about being present in the moment.

When you are fully present in the now, enjoying and appreciating each moment of your life, how can you not be happy? Happiness is about being present in the moment, and the more engaged you are in the now, the happier you will become.

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh

8. Happiness is about being of service.

Happiness never decreases by being shared, and the more you share who you are, what you know and the many gifts and talents you possess with those around you, the more happiness you will experience in your life. 

“We are but visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.” ~ Dalai Lama

9. Happiness is about loving life.

Love is what makes the world go round. It’s what causes us to feel happy and alive. And the more love you put into the world, the more joy and happiness will start flowing back into your life.

“Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.” ~ Maya Angelou

10. Happiness is about letting go.

Happiness isn’t something that can be pursued nor is it something that we can cling on to. Happiness is about letting go. 

“There is no ongoing spiritual life without this process of letting go. At the precise point where we refuse, growth stops. If we hold tightly to anything given to us, unwilling to let it go when the time comes to let it go or unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used, we stunt the growth of the soul. It is easy to make a mistake here, “If God gave it to me,” we say, “its mine. I can do what I want with it.” No. The truth is that it is ours to thank Him for and ours to offer back to Him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of – if we want to find our true selves, if we want real life, if our hearts are set on glory.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot

And these are the 10 important things you should know about happiness. I would love to know which one you think can make the biggest difference in the quality of our lives.

 You can share your comment in the comment section below :)


A scientist explains how he can believe in God and be a scientist at the same time

Have you ever wondered whether a scientist can believe in God?

While studies have found that scientists tend to be much less religious than the general public, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & The Press found that just over half of scientists believe in some form of deity or higher power; specifically, one-third of scientists say they believe in God.

Professor Jordan Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and former professor at Harvard University. He’s one of the scientists who believes in God.

As a scientist committed to the scientific method to develop an understanding about the world we live in, he’s also a Christian and believes we need a notion of truth that is more expansive than science can provide.

He was interviewed by Joe Rogan for his podcast, and in the clip below Peterson responds to the question: “do you believe in God?”

It’s a remarkable clip and worth watching in full:

If you’re not able to watch right now, keep on reading for our overview.

Expanding our notion of “truth”

For 20 years, Peterson has done almost nothing but think about the intersection of science and religion.

He told Rogan that reading Carl Jung helped him to understand that religious fundamentalists have the wrong idea about religious truth. Here’s the key distinction he draws:

  • Religious truth is different from scientific truth.
  • Religious truths were written at a time when we didn’t know about science.
  • The stories in Genesis aren’t scientific theories.
  • Scientific truth tells you what things are.
  • Religious truths tell you how you should act.

As Peterson says: “What scientific truth tells you is: what things are. Genuine religious truth tells you: how you should act. These are not the same.”

Religion helps to create a map of how to behave in the world

According to Peterson, it’s important for individuals to act in ways that are good for themselves as individuals, their families, for society at large and for the broader environment.

The question is, how can we do this?

Religion provides the answer, says Peterson. At its core, religion distils everyday life into its most important elements, providing a map of how to behave.

It takes the things that are most true about our lives, combines it with thousands of literary or metaphorical heroes, and extracts from each story what it is that makes a heroic person.

The result:

We end up experiencing a life that gives us more meaning. What’s more is that by living a “religious life”, according to Peterson, “decreases the existential load on you, but that actually decreases your psych-physiological load. It makes you healthier. It makes you less stressed.”

Your brain is attuned to tell you when you’re living a life of meaning

This is where it gets interesting.

Peterson says that our brain has evolved to seek meaning in what we do. Our nervous system has adapted to this way of living, and according to Peterson signals of meaning will keep us living on the edge between order and chaos.

We find meaning in the space between order and chaos, where you’re partly stable, partly curious and operating in a manner that increases your scope of knowledge. We’re constantly inquiring and growing, stabilizing and renewing, and contributing productively to ourselves, our family, our society and to nature now and into the future.

When you get the signal from your brain that something is meaningful, you know you’re living in this state.

Using music to achieve transcendence

Peterson says that music helps to put us in this state. It “models the manner of being that is harmonious.”

Jason Silva has made this point before, suggesting that music communicates the ineffable and inexpressible.

What does science have to say about the experience you have when completely immersed in your favorite orchestra, for example?

Just as music help us experience a state of being that is modelled on something approximating transcendence, religious writings can do the same. They’re guidelines to the mode of being you experience when enraptured by your favorite music.

Searching for engagement and meaning in your life

The video above was a profound reminder to me about how we can derive “truth” from our experience of life.

On the one hand, science has provided a process to build knowledge about the universe and construct new ideas that allow us to develop new technologies, solve practical problems and make informed decisions.

On the other hand, the incredible achievements that science has brought to human civilization may have the inadvertent effect of causing us to neglect the positive role that religion can play.

Knowledge of the world comes not just from what we know, but also what we experience.

Peterson has reminded me that the search for meaning is a key driving force to human life. Ultimately, the music of life is always playing, and my feeling of engagement with the present moment and the meaning I’m deriving is what helps me dance to the music.


18 uncomfortable things you need to do if you don’t want to regret 2018

For many of us, we think of the upcoming new year as a new chance to release ourselves of the pains and chains that the previous year trapped us with.

We are always waiting for the new year to change ourselves, reinvent what we stand for, and achieve the dreams we’ve always wanted.

But there comes a point where the new year becomes just like every other year, and like every year that came before, you may begin to regret 2018 and say goodbye to it with as much disdain as 2017.

It’s time for change. Real change. To create a year that you finally won’t regret when you’re standing at the finish line and looking back, you need to live a certain way and do certain things.

Here are 18 uncomfortable things you need to force yourself to experience if you want to leave behind a 2018 you can be proud of:

1) Forgive The Unforgivable

Say goodbye to the grudges, the pent up toxicity. If someone wrongs you, then distance yourself from them; not to punish them, but to protect yourself. Forgive and forget, and move on.

2) Say “No”

Too much value has been placed on the word “Yes”; sometimes, overwhelming positivity and openness can leave you vulnerable to the worst pain and experiences in your life. Learn when you need to step back and prioritize your health and obligations over the expectations of others, and use the word “No” as much as you need.

3) Stay Healthy

Every year you live on this earth is another year you add to your body. And your body won’t stay young and invulnerable forever; soon enough, your immortality will turn into pains, aches, and irreversible sicknesses all over your body. Start staying healthy today.

4) Give Time To Those Who Deserve It

Time is your most valuable asset, but so much of it is wasted on useless things, vices, and negative people. Remember those who matter most in your life—your family and closest friends—and give them your time.

5) Confront Your Anxieties

It’s time to stop running away from your demons. Turn around and face them head-on, and stand your ground: either you fight them now or you run forever. The good news? If you choose to fight, your demons can never win.

6) Learn From Your Mistakes

You’re not a perfect person; no one is. You are bound to make mistakes, so stop worrying about if they might happen. Accept that they will happen, and get ready to learn from them.

7) Work Consistently On Goals That Inspire You

Focus your heart and mind on your goals. Not silly goals or joke goals, but real goals that give you the fulfillment and pride of success. So many people live their lives never having found their purpose; the moment you find yours, spend every moment working on it.

8) Challenge Your Beliefs

One weakness that we have as people is our inability to recognize our own mental failings. We trap ourselves in a world that makes sense to us, even if it doesn’t make sense to the rest of the world. Consider looking at yourself from the outside, and see if your values and beliefs are as fortified as you believe.

9) Keep Moving

Chess grandmasters know that you can’t play chess in one direction. Winning the perfect match and making the perfect play requires moving up, down, left, right, stalling and attacking at the right times, and knowing when to protect and when to eat. Life works the same way—if you stumble, it doesn’t mean game over; it’s part of the game.

10) Find More Happiness In Fewer Things

Money, things, objects—these are all so fleeting and pointless at the end of the day. Stop chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and appreciate the beauty of the rainbow as your cross it. Happiness isn’t at the end of a giant paycheck; it’s at the beginning of your next smile.

11) Protect Yourself From Toxic Relationships

There is nothing more damaging to an individual than the negativity of those around them. If you have the freedom to do it, distance yourself from toxic people and harmful relationships. Learn to live your life without fearing their presence.

12) Ignore Drama

Here’s a fact: you will be tempted more than a few times this year to engage in stupid and ridiculous drama. Here’s another fact: you will grow so much more as a person if you resist that temptation.

13) Choose You

If you never make yourself your top priority, how can you expect anyone else to do it for you? It’s fine to help others reach their success and dreams, but if you don’t look out for yourself, your own life might fall down as you prop everyone else up.

14) Embrace Your Humanity

The 21st century is wonderful in terms of technology, but it has destroyed the humanness that used to come natural to so many of us. Stop staring at your phones, learn to smile in public, and talk to a stranger instead of playing a game. Have a rendezvous with your humanity.

15) Respond Positively

Respond to what, exactly? To everything around you. Give yourself the constant life mindset of living a positive experience. Cut out the weight from your life by saving yourself from the stress of every shaky moment.

16) Be Hard, Do Hard

Life isn’t easy, so stop expecting it to be. Step into the world and fight your walls headfirst. It will hurt and it will cause you pain, and it may take a lot more effort than you could have ever imagined, but that’s life.

17) Invest Energy Wisely

Many of us never find ourselves living out the true potentials of our day because we do not understand the value of energy management. You only have a finite amount of energy every day. The more you waste your time and do things unrelated to your goals, the less energy you have to work on them. Think big picture.

18) Make Room With Goodbye

Don’t always hold on to the past. When people or phases in your life look like they’re about to end, don’t mourn as if it’s the end of a book.

It’s just the end of a chapter, and a new one needs to start growing. Learn to say goodbye to aspects of your life that no longer fit the person you will become, so that you can make room for your next “Hello.”


7 things you don’t know you’re doing because you’re more mindful than the average person

Are you the type of person who doesn’t overthink? You live each moment without regret and appreciate the transient nature of life?

No, this doesn’t mean you’re weird. Far from it. You’re actually more in touch with reality and experiencing life in a healthy way.

You’re what spiritual gurus describe as “highly mindful”.

The funny thing is, you probably don’t know you’re mindful, either.

If you think this might be you, you’ll identify with these 7 signs:

1) You hold your thoughts lightly

You understand that your thoughts don’t really mean anything. They’re not representative of what your opinion is or even what your experience of reality is.

You realize that our brains are simply thought producing machines and there’s not much you can do to control it.

However, this gives you enormous liberation from conditioned thought patterns.

You’re able to observe your mind without judging it, which is exactly what you’re meant to be doing when you practice mindfulness.

This is a key difference between mindful people and people who are lost in their mind.

You’re able to recognize that you’re not the mind and you don’t have to believe anything it produces.

2) You feel what you’re feeling

You understand that being perpetually positive is impossible. You can’t be happy all the time.

This enables you to accept your emotions when you’re feeling down or angry.

As a consequence, you’re able to move on from negative emotions quickly.

Yes, we all experience negative emotions. You’re just able to deal with them mindfully, rather than hiding them away until they come back to bite you in the ass later on in life.

3) You accept the transient nature of things

The most fundamental law in life is that everything is constantly changing. Nothing is permanent.

You understand that everything around you will eventually change. The season changes, the weather changes, relationships change. We’re all alive and we’ll eventually die.

The most futile thing is to reject the natural force of change. This can cause a whole myriad of problems like anxiety and stress.

A battle against nature is a battle that none of us will ever win.

This enables you to accept the bad moments because they won’t last forever and to cherish and hold onto the good moments.

4) You naturally meditate

You love quiet time with yourself. This enables you to reflect on what’s going on in your life and really feel and understand your emotions.

It allows you to recharge and be the vibrant being that you are.

5) You do one thing at a time

You hate multi-tasking. You know that this leads to less quality work and a less enjoyable life. To really achieve the things you want to achieve, you know that it’s going to take your full concentration.

This is why you organize your day so you can focus on each task fully and presently.

6) You turn everyday tasks into mindful moments

Much of life is taken up by routine tasks like doing the dishes or washing the clothes.

But for you, this is a chance to really enjoy the moment and have a whole new experience of what most people would consider “boring”.

When you’re in the shower, you love feeling the beautiful sensation of warm water touching your body.

7) You protect and nurture your mind

We’ve all been given a body and a mind, and you know that it’s your responsibility to take care of it.

That’s why you love eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle. You exercise, and take care of your mind by not putting yourself under too much pressure.


After Three Cancer Diagnoses, Couple Exchanges Vows

Tim Bergeron and Kevin Kelley have been through three cancer diagnoses together, but they remain optimistic and hopeful. For them, the James and Thea Stoneman Healing Garden in Dana-Farber’s Yawkey Center for Cancer Care represents that hope – so after 37 years together, that’s where they decided to tie the knot.

In a short ceremony presided over by a Justice of the Peace, the couple exchanged wedding vows in the Healing Garden while holding the Hope rock, a familiar piece to many who frequent the tranquil garden. The union represented something more than a declaration of love: It was a celebration of the future.

Kevin Kelley, Justice of the Peace Priscilla Geaney, and Tim Bergeron.

Both Dana-Farber patients, Tim and Kevin’s story begins long before their diagnoses. In 1980, Kevin moved to Provincetown, Ma., at the age of 24 to start his first job as a physician assistant (PA).

“I was a terrible cook,” Kevin jokes when asked about how he met Tim, who was a chef at an inn in Provincetown. “I started coming in every Friday night for the fish fry, and our friendship developed naturally.”

Nine months later, Kevin and Tim went to the Provincetown Harbor Fourth of July fireworks — and they’ve been together ever since.

In 1999, however, another life-altering event came when Tim was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). CLL grows very slowly, and many people do not have any symptoms when it is diagnosed. This was the case with Tim — who was dealing with extreme fatigue, but no other symptoms.

Tim had a bone marrow biopsy that confirmed the diagnosis of CLL, and started treatment with Jennifer Brown, MD, Director of the CLL Center of the Division of Hematologic Malignancies at Dana-Farber. Over the next two to three years, he suffered multiple bouts of pneumonia, followed by monthly intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusions to boost his immune system.

Kevin and Tim tied the knot after 37 years together.

“After finishing PA school, I was out to change the world. Then, my world changed without me knowing it was going to happen,” says Kevin, who was absolutely devastated. “Your head first goes to ‘How long does he have? What’s his prognosis?’ Dr. Jennifer Brown allayed a lot of our fears, though. She spent over an hour with us and couldn’t have been more thorough.”

Given the chronic nature of his cancer, Tim began a long process of watching and waiting, receiving cycles of chemotherapy infusions and settling into the Dana-Farber community with Kevin by his side. Then came a second blow: CLL patients, explains Tim, have an increased risk of second cancers, and on Easter Sunday in 2017, Tim was diagnosed with lung cancer.

It was this diagnosis that made Tim and Kevin think about finally getting hitched.

“I remember driving to the hospital for Tim’s lung surgery and thinking, ‘We’ve been together for 36 years, this is ridiculous – our lives need to be spent as more than partners,’” says Kevin.

However, Kevin’s proposal plan was delayed when a third blow hit. Just weeks after Tim’s lung surgery, Kevin was diagnosed with Mantle cell lymphoma – a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Yet even with three cancer diagnoses between them, the couple’s outlook remained hopeful and positive.

The couple exchanged wedding vows in the Healing Garden while holding the Hope rock, a familiar piece to many who frequent the tranquil garden.

“There’s nothing that we can’t face together. I went to every single visit with him and he goes to every single visit with me. We’ll never walk alone,” says Tim.

On January 18, 2018, during a “couples chemo” session, Kevin got down on one knee and popped the question. Nurses from the infusion team videotaped the moment.

“Everyone seemed to know about the proposal, except for me of course,” says Tim. “Reid Merryman, MD, and Ann LaCasce, MD, flooded into the room, in addition to about twenty of the nurses and staff. They are like our family.”

Exactly one month later, Tim and Kevin cemented their thirty-seven year relationship in a place near to both their hearts.

“Neither one of us wanted a big wedding,” says Kevin. “Tim came up with the idea of getting married in the Healing Garden at Dana-Farber, and I immediately knew there would be nothing more appropriate than doing it there,” says Kevin. “It’s where we’ve grown together and will continue to grow. It’s where our hope is.”


9 Reasons Giving Up Is Better Than Holding On – According to Science

9 Reasons Giving Up Is Better Than Holding On - According to Science

Giving up isn’t an act of weakness, but rather an act of courage – it takes a lot of courage to give up on all those things that steal your joy and focus on something that will make you happy again.

When Giving Up Is Better Than Holding On

In the western world, we’re conditioned to pursue four key ideals: bigger, better, faster, more! This mantra is implicit in the way we’re educated and in the professional world, and it’s threaded through our culture in ways that are not always obvious to the naked eye.

These are the ideals that make us feel worthless when we fail, that tempt us to cover our mistakes (even from ourselves!), to value quantity over quality, and to neglect our feelings until it’s too late. And they contribute to a vocabulary in which the word ‘quitter’ carries more currency than the phrase ‘letting go’.

It’s not that there are no benefits to an attitude of dogged perseverance. Strong will, attached to ambition or to generous heartedness, often results in positive change, growth, and progress. The problem is that unblinking determination comes at the cost of the ability doubt, to retreat, to be present.

It’s not just the spiritually-inclined who consider these aspects of thought and being to be essential to the human experience: they’ve been proven by science to be beneficial for our health, our emotions, and yes – even for professional success.

One example of this is our over-dependence on rewards.

An expected pay-out of any kind can eclipse the profound nature of the job at hand. Our eyes are on the prize, so not only do we miss out on or rush the full experience of what we’re doing – we likely do a worse job of it. In the 1940s, psychologist Harry Harlow found that when he gave monkeys a puzzle to solve, they actually made fewer mistakes and solved more puzzles when they didn’t expect a reward. It stands to reason when you think about it: the monkey mind was on the task at hand, enjoying the game, and taking its time, when not dreaming of bananas!

This example suggests that when you find yourself struggling to fulfill an ambition – failure to get that promotion at work, for example – you might benefit from giving up. Do your job well, focus on being your best self, and who knows what other opportunities might arise instead.

More serious than monkey-puzzles and even job promotions, fixating too strongly on a difficult task can have negative health repercussions, too. One study showed that learning to disengage can save you from headaches, eczema, constipation, and of course – poor sleep.

Chasing unrealistic targets might also be connected to inflammation in the body, which can lead to diabetes and heart trouble. Of course, you don’t believe they’re unrealistic targets while you’re chasing them – but it’s a good lesson to slow down once in a while and reevaluate if and how you should proceed.

A freer and more open approach to your goals and ambitions will keep you emotionally agile and increase your chances of fulfillment.

Susan David takes the opinion that adaptability and self-honesty are essential to growth. Even if quitting isn’t the right option, realigning your goals and recalibrating your ambition can be a smart bit of emotional maintenance. And we’ve all seen friends and colleagues who have become unhappy or even angry because they are unable to consider any alternative to the success of their initial mission. This lack of flexibility can also harm the community around you: if your ethics are more malleable than your ambitions, it’s possible that you will compromise your deeply-held beliefs before you consider failure to be an option.

And that’s a shame because accepting mistakes and learning from life’s false starts and temporary diversions enrich our overall experience.

For more tips on the why, how, and when of embracing failure and giving up on harmful drives, take a look at this helpful new visual guide from NetCredit.

9 Reasons Giving Up Is Better Than Holding On – According to Science


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Allowing Nature to be the Example for Our Children’s Bright Future

Our Children’s Bright Future


“If we look at Nature, we see that absolutely everything within it is important and there for a reason. As we are all a part of Nature, this means that we are important and here for a reason as well.” — This is one of the key lessons that I teach, not only to my own 3 children, but to all of the children that I meet when I am touring with my book, “The Sapling”.

There is nothing within Nature that happens by accident. It is all planned and perfection. We are the same. There are no accidental or extra people on this Earth. We all arrive with a gift to share, which is why it is so important that we grow into who we truly are, just like a tree, for example. Because if a tree did not grow into their full potential, we would all be denied their gifts, and look at how many of us would suffer — animals, people, other plants — we all depend on the tree. In this way, the rest of the world actually depends on us being true to ourselves.

And what about those people of the world who don’t seem to be contributing? They are simply not in touch with who they really are and the true desires of their heart — for when we turn to Nature and truly connect with the Earth, we become centred, grounded, compassionate and purposeful human beings. It is hard to deny our Soul’s longing within the authenticity of Nature.

“The Sapling” follows the journey of a little tree who feels small in a big world and becomes afraid to grow. With the encouragement of her friend, the Big Tree, she realizes there is nothing to fear and becomes the Tree she is meant to be. As I’ve been touring schools, libraries, and day-cares, I have been sharing this story as well as its lessons in energy and Nature communication. I absolutely love connecting with children and feel that I am learning more than I am teaching. I am happy to say that I have been pleasantly surprised in most places I have visited. I can see that the parents and teachers have been making Nature a priority within children’s lives — and these children are open, engaged, and happy.

In other places, unfortunately, even the youngest of children have become jaded and cynical, convinced that all that exists is what they can see, and even this is with a negative slant. This, of course, is no fault of their own. When I tell them that trees can talk to us, or that it was the trees who shared the idea for my book with me, they blurt out “That’s impossible!”  Such a sad statement from such a little mouth. This is the time of their life when they should be reinforced with the knowledge that all things are possible.

Many schools and day-cares are taking regular Nature walks and planting gardens. I truly appreciate these wonderful teachers who are making the basic life skills and birthright of growing our own food a priority — especially for the children who are not fortunate enough to learn these skills at home.

I have actually had some children ask me, “Why would you grow it yourself when you can just go buy it?”  When I reply that the veggies from the garden, either theirs or a local grower, are not only tastier but are more nutritious because they are fresh and grown in kinder conditions, they look at me as though I am some sort of alien.

I have been left questioning the motives of some teachers who are discouraging having gardens for the students because they “don’t have time” or “can’t be bothered.” Is the role of a teacher not to teach? Learning how to connect with the Earth and grow your own food, literally reap what you sow and see the rewards of your efforts, should be the basis of all school curricula. Where would any of us be without nutritious food?

I was speaking with a group of students recently, aged 12-14, and teaching them about Energy and how important healthy food is to maintain a harmonious and balanced life. Their teacher, a morbidly obese woman, was sitting at her desk during this lesson, sucking on a can of Coca-Cola, proudly declaring that she was diabetic. Thankfully, her students looked as appalled as I was! In my opinion, she should not be allowed to have this kind of toxic influence upon children. Not only that, I feel that if you know what is bad for you and you still refuse to clean up your lifestyle, you should be denied health care in regards to the health issue that you yourself are refusing to take action towards reversing.  If you want to willingly poison yourself and destroy the vessel you were granted, go for it. But I shouldn’t have to pay for it. I haven’t visited a doctor in years, and it is not just because I was blessed with good health. I have made a conscious, daily lifestyle choice to honour and respect my body.

In Canada we have free health care, which is a wonderful thing for some, but has also allowed others to be irresponsible. When you are hurt in an automobile accident and take disability because you are unable to work, you are watched quite closely to ensure that you are not “cheating the system.” Perhaps the same should happen to those with diagnosed health issues. Perhaps they should be monitored to ensure they are following a plan of exercise and healthy diet, rather than happily taking the prescriptions that address only the symptoms and not changing anything else that contributes to the cause. Nature does not support those who do not to play their part, so why do we?

Needless to say, it is obvious that many of our teachers need to be de-programmed from our dysfunctional society.

I often ask Nature what needs to be shared, or what we need to know. The most recent message I was given was in regards to communicating with Nature, as well as with our own Souls. I was told, “The clearer your energy, the easier it will be. Think about it. How well can you communicate with someone who is drunk or stoned? This is how many of you appear.”  I take it that Nature sees many of us in a stupor, either from unhealthy food with additives and preservatives, drugs, both prescription and recreational, as well as our environment and unhealthy habits, be it smoking, gossip, or attachments to drama.

I absolutely love the way in which Nature speaks; straightforward and no-nonsense. And this leads to Nature’s next message; “Life’s only requests are that we show up and give our best.”

So how do we show up and give our best? Bringing awareness to our Energy has become the basis of my teachings now, both with children and Nature Communication workshops. Basically, we need to clean ourselves up first. This is how we will rise to our greatest potential. The Trees shared with me the importance of humanity understanding their Energy, and to become aware of what we are putting out into the world, and what we are taking in.

Some basics that I share to help others notice their Energy, bring it into balance, and maintain it:


Getting outside and noticing the natural world around us does wonders for our Energy bodies, and especially if we can do so in barefeet.  As we are natural conductors, being that we are mostly made of water, we need to ground this energy out, and unless we are barefoot on the Earth, it is very hard to do.

When I make my visits, most kids LOVE to be barefoot, but many reply that their mothers do not allow it.  Sometimes it is because they once happened to step on a bee or got a sliver.  These random occurrences should not keep us from connecting with the Earth and absorbing her healing energies.  Earthing has been proven to release inflammation from our bodies and reduce the risk of many common diseases, such as cancer.

In cold climates, such as Canada, going barefoot year round is not an option, but we have other ways we can ground our energy.  Simply placing our hands upon a tree or a rock and asking them to ground us will do the trick as well.  Grounding also helps us to release the energy of others that we have picked up as well.

Eating Healthy:

As mentioned earlier, eating healthy, living food, especially if it was grown yourself, is the greatest gift you can give to your body. Also, do yourself a favour and toss the microwave. They really do just scramble the Energy of our food and kill it. What is left is a toxic “filler” that will not nourish you, but instead slowly poison you.

Love Yourself:

As love is the most powerful energy of all, self-love keeps our energy bright and strong, fending off illness and revealing the true purpose of our hearts. It allows us to overcome all fears and obstacles. I would have never followed through with publishing my book if it was not for the daily practice of repeating “I love myself”, as well as looking myself in the eyes in front of a mirror while saying it. It truly moves mountains. Just as Nature has self-love and total confidence in her abilities, so should we.

Clean Environment:

Whether this is your home, your habits, or the people in your life, your environment should reflect the inner work that you are doing. Also, turn off wi-fi when you can, and limit time spent on all gadgets. When I place my hand near a device with wi-fi, it literally hurts. Our children are far more sensitive than we are, so even if you don’t realize it, it’s hurting them.

Understanding Energy:

Understanding the basics of Energy is vital — such as, what we put out we attract back to ourselves. When the Trees shared this importance with me, they showed me how we all have these many pathways extending out from ourselves, much like the branches of a tree.  As many of us are unaware of what we are putting out there, or “feeding” we often attract and create more situations that are unfavourable without even realizing it.  These pathways of Energy are similar to a stream of water.  We can stop feeding them and dry them up, or we can feed them and make them like a raging river.  It is truly our choice what kind of pathways we wish to feed.

It is also important that we understand that Energy never dies, it only transforms.

I recently once again learned this lesson. It was in regards to a stand of Oak trees that I tried desperately to save from being bulldozed. Sadly, I didn’t succeed.  Not long ago I drove by where they used to stand and I felt that same pain in my heart for them. I felt that I had failed them.  Then I was suddenly flooded with the awareness that all of my fighting and tears that I cried was not in vain. That Energy was not lost. It is now fuelling and supporting the work I am doing with “The Sapling”.  It is strengthening my reach and the message of the trees.

Change the Way You Look at Nature and Yourself:

When we learn to observe without judgement and with appreciation for what we see, Nature quickly reveals that what you look at will change for the better. Wildlife will be attracted to you, people will surprise you in the greatest of ways, and you will do the same when you start to look at yourself this way.

We know when someone looks at us in a special way, and we naturally respond. I remember how my grandparents used to look at me with such wonder and gratitude.  And I feel that I was often the brightest version of myself in their presence. Nature will do the same. It is as though she says, “Well if you think that is beautiful, then check this out!”

As I spend more and more time with more and more children, I realize that they know all of this but simply need the permission to feel it.  To be reassured that magic is real and is found in the natural world all around us, and therefore within us as well.  This is why I will have them feel their energy body within their hands.  In this way they can feel something without seeing it.

I love watching their faces light up as they exclaim, “I can feel it!”  They will share how their hands are either tingling, pulling, throbbing, being pulled together or throwing off sparks. I let them know that there is no wrong way to feel it, as everyone is different and unique. And even if they don’t feel it in their hands, it’s likely that they feel their energy flowing in their scalp, their feet, or in their chest.

It is fun to know that Nature can feel our Energy, either within our touch, our thoughts, our words, or even when we look at it. And the most comforting thing that I have learned is that Nature longs to feel us, our touch, and to absorb our Light.  We are truly meant for one another, and living in harmony is possible once again for humanity to achieve, so long as our our children, the next caretakers, understand that this is not only possible, but necessary for our happiness and continued life upon this Earth.

I love teaching children that they have an impact on the world — as everything they think, say, feel, and do is Energy, and therefore affects the world around them.

I like to ask, “What kind of impact would you like to have on the world?”

As Nature keeps us in true, uninterrupted contact with our Highest potential, I find it no surprise that in all legends and many stories from our ancestry, that the “wise ones, wizards, and healers” almost always lived in seclusion in the woods. In this way, they stayed true to what was important, away from the programming and trappings of society. They were able to commune with Nature and hear her wisdoms, and in this way, help others.

The time for change is now. Nature is here to assist and help us through this window if we are willing. She wants us to succeed and rise to our greatest potential, as she can see us, the true us that is Divine. She hurts for what we have become just as any parent would hurt for their children.

It is my hopes that all children never lose their sense of wonder and the knowing that this world is a magical place to be, so long as they keep their eyes, ears, and heart open to the truth.

The Sapling: An Inspiring Story From the Trees

By Jessie Klassen…

Learn how to communicate with Nature while enjoying fun activities and energy exercises that will encourage spiritual growth, self-confidence, and awareness in you and your child while developing a close relationship with Nature.

In “The Sapling”, author Jessie Klassen offers an inspiring story from the Trees for the children of Earth, with vivid, full colour Nature illustrations that will appeal to younger children and provide valuable Life lessons that will grow with your child — just like a Tree! Full colour demonstrations easily display dozens of activities and exercises for you and your child to enjoy.

The Sapling” is the first book in Jessie’s Nature Child Children’s Book Series, committed to helping children grow into who they truly are meant to be through a close relationship with Nature. You can get your copy via www.jessieklassen.com, as well as Amazon and Indigo outlets worldwide.