The Only Choice, the Sacred Choice

sacred_choice“The dark thought, the shame, the malice. Meet them at the door laughing and invite them in. Be grateful for whatever comes.” from The Guest House, by Rumi

It came over me like a whisper, then I realized I was afraid. I felt that familiar flutter everywhere in my body, and I was uncomfortable. I watched the fear intently as it crawled into my mind, begging my thoughts to start spinning: “What is ... Read entire article

30 Responses

The Beauty and Ease of Accepting Things as They Are

acceptingyes is a world & in this world of yes live (skillfully curled) all worlds ~e.e. Cummings

Not accepting things as they are is a fight against reality. It’s kind of crazy, really. Say that someone said something hurtful to you. You can wish they hadn’t said it forever, but the fact remains the same—they said what they said.

Say you did something you regret. You can wish you hadn’t done it, which could keep you ... Read entire article

30 Responses

10 Life-Changing Ways to Move Through Shame

shame“Shame is a soul eating emotion.” ~C.G. Jung

“Shame derives its power from being unspeakable.” ~Brené Brown

Shame. It’s such an uncomfortable feeling. So uncomfortable that you may not even want to read this post. You think that if you leave it hidden in the shadows, outside of conscious awareness, maybe, just maybe, you can pretend it’s not there.

But it is. And for some of us, it’s dug in deep.

If shame ... Read entire article

15 Responses

5 Welcoming Ways to the Peace You Long For

welcoming-ways“Everything is ecstasy, inside. We just don’t know it because of our thinking-minds. But in our true blissful essence of mind is known that everything is alright forever and forever and forever.” ~Jack Kerouac

Awakening to your true nature means that you realize the absolute truth about yourself. You know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you are not the limited, separate person who lacks, strives, needs, and defends.

You realize ... Read entire article

20 Responses

A Lovely Interview—Soul-Style

soul-styleI love being interviewed. So I was happy to participate when longtime reader, Lexie Oneca, invited me to respond to some questions. Lexie blogs at ChicagoNow, where this interview was originally published. And if you have any more questions for me, please feel free to share in the comments.

Love, Gail

20 Questions — Soul-Style

1. Who are you?

I’m assuming you mean this in the conventional sense. I’m Gail Brenner, PhD, psychologist, blogger, ... Read entire article

10 Responses

Recovering the Lost Art of Everyday Wonder

everyday_wonder“The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.” ~Henry Miller

Note: Next live meeting with me is on June 3. It’s a safe and supportive group of beautiful truth lovers. For more information, please see the Events page.

Are you feeling dull, bored, and uninterested? Then you’re being asked to connect with everyday wonder. ... Read entire article

6 Responses

Being One with the Effortless Unfolding of Life


“How can I be still? By flowing with the stream.” ~Lao-tzu

“To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.” ~Walt Whitman

Whatever your preferences, needs, desires, or expectations, life unfolds with such grace. Have you noticed?

We have an amazing word to describe it—serendipity, being pleasantly surprised by events that occur, seemingly by chance. They just happen.

I’ve been the recipient ... Read entire article

19 Responses

The Glorious Practice of Becoming Unglued


“The choiceless truth of who you are is revealed to be permanently here permeating everything. Not a thing and not separate from anything.” ~Gangaji

Note: The next Living Truth meeting is on Tuesday, May 6 in Santa Barbara. All are welcome. Please click here for more information.

If you rely on your mind to tell you about how things are, you’re asking for trouble. Because it’s the mind that divides, compares, judges, ... Read entire article

43 Responses

Is It Time to Come Out of Hiding?


“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ~Soren Kierkegaard

It takes so much energy to hide from yourself. And it’s such a relief to let yourself be seen.

You realize that you’re essentially whole, that who you are has never been broken or lost. Coming out of hiding is the choice that will begin to set you free.

Discover the Hidden Core

Hiding from ourselves is at ... Read entire article

41 Responses

The Way to Be with Emotions


“The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes. because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”


Note: My new Huffington Post article on everyday wonder is here. For information about the next live meeting with me, please visit the Events page.

* * * * * * * *

No matter ... Read entire article Related Posts with Thumbnails

37 Responses