5 Languages of Love Quiz: A few years ago I had my son take the this quiz, and, to this day, I am so glad that I learned his language of love. It has helped me understand how to love him in a way that he knows and feels. When my daughter was younger, she took it. Back then all of her languages were about the same. Last weekend, we retook the test, and I learned a lot. I will often love her with physical touch; lots of hugs and kisses. We discovered that this is her least preferred away of being loved, and, in fact, her preferred way is through words of affirmation (which is the hardest way for me to love). The quiz for children and adults is super helpful, and I would strongly recommend taking it.
Center for Non-Violent Communication: I’ve always been a huge fan of the Center for Non-Violent Communication. They have an abundance of great resources which I refer back to frequently. Here is a 10-Steps to Peace resource that I think you may enjoy. I especially like these few: Spend some time each day quietly reflecting on how we would like to relate to ourselves and others. Remember that all human beings have the same needs. Before agreeing or disagreeing with anyone’s opinions, try to tune in to what the person is feeling and needing.
Core Values: If you contemplate or write about your values, it transforms how you think about stressful experiences and your ability to cope with them. When you are connected to your values, you’re more likely to believe that you can improve the situation through effort and the support and others. Research shows that you see yourself as strong and able to grow from adversity. You become more likely to approach challenges than to avoid them. And you are better able to see the meaning in difficult situations. What happens if you orient your life to the values that are important to you?
The Disease of Being Busy is an article written my one of my favorite columnists on Onbeing.org. “What happened to a world in which we can sit with the people we love so much and have slow conversations about the state of our heart and soul, conversations that slowly unfold, conversations with pregnant pauses and silences that we are in no rush to fill?”
Embracing Womanhood… this is such a lovely reflection. Share it with your daughters and young girls. “When a woman honors herself, all women collectively move closer to becoming what they’re truly capable of being.”
Feelings: This is a quick watch about the value of working with difficult emotions rather than always bypassing them.
Forgiveness and Holding Grudges: This is a powerful article. Hard to do; but definitely worth thinking about. Just like the author asked his readers, I am curious to hear from you… how did you forgive someone and how did it change you? These 9 steps towards forgiveness may also be helpful.
Friendship: I have the blessings of a few dear friends who love me unconditionally and send me notes, quotes and songs that go right to the heart. I call these special friends “Spiritual Sisters.” I received these two the other day. You HAVE to listen in order though. You’ll see why. Pick me up 1 and Pick me up 2. I sent this one back to her… Pick me up 3.
Get Ready to Laugh: I am a huge fan of practical jokes and LOVE the Brooke and Jubal Show in the Morning. If you want a good belly laugh, I would highly recommend listening to this practical joke. I have a few more coming your way in the upcoming Soothing Saturdays. This is another phone tap on the Brooke and Jubal Morning Show that made me smile.
How Yoga and Breathing Help the Brain Unwind: This is a powerful article that shows what you are doing and how it impacts your well-being.
Illuminating the Beauty in Our Broken Places: I am so glad that I came across this beautifully written piece on our broken places. Please read this article. It is like medicine for the mind. In fact, read it out loud. One of my favorite quotes from the article is: “It’s a realization that life is not a smooth, linear climb to the mountaintop of “success,” but often a messy, beautifully messy series of falling flat on one’s face, bouncing back, and falling slightly less awkwardly the next time (and the next, and the next).”
Menopause and Yoga: Read this recent article about the benefits of yoga during menopause.
Parenting: A great article about what it feels like not to belong and feel rejected by other parents. Seems like it’s not uncommon.
Parenting Middle Schoolers: If you have a child in middle school you may relate to this article. New research shows that moms feel most stressed about parenting when their children are in middle school.
Physical Benefits of Yoga: Harvard Medical School research study shows that 90% of all doctor visits are linked to stress-related problems. In that same study, they found that yoga may be quite beneficial for back related issues and arthritis. You may want to read it or pass it along to someone who may appreciate the research.
Six Ways to Reduce Depression: This is a helpful breakdown about the elements in life that we need to help support and energize us when we experience a low mood or feel depressed. I found it to be helpful to see where I focus most of my energy and where I tend to withdraw my energy from (service, connection, nature, alcohol, communication and exercise). These are helpful guideposts when we aren’t feeling our best.
Sleep Resources. A few weeks ago, I shared a recording that I enjoyed called Healing Anxiety. Just a few days ago, I listened to the second part. In it, Tara Brach shares a list of suggestions from her community on strategies, practices and ideas to help with sleep. If you have any sleep challenges or know of anyone who does, I would highly recommend reading through this list of suggestions for easing into a peaceful sleep from people just like you and me.
Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way into Your Bloodstream: An interesting read… especially with summer approaching.