The Alternative to Gratitude

The Alternative to Gratitude

Gratitude is big these days. Oprah’s crazy about it. Scientific studies are being done about it. Everywhere you turn, someone is extolling the virtues of having a gratitude practice – including me! But there’s an alternative practice to gratitude, one that no one ever...
How Do I Handle Spiritual Body Shamers?

How Do I Handle Spiritual Body Shamers?

Dear Meli, I am an active member of a spiritual community. I have been in this community for a long time, and have always considered myself a valuable member. Others in the community treat me with respect and kindness. Lately, however, there has been a change. A new...
How to Be Happy When You Haven’t Accomplished Your Goals Yet

How to Be Happy When You Haven’t Accomplished Your Goals Yet

I don’t know about you, but I love getting stuff done. It feels sooooo good. So satisfying. And yet. When all the focus is on getting to a goal, whatever that goal may be – whether it’s losing weight, or getting a new job, or becoming spiritually enlightened – all...
How Do I Handle My Fire Trauma?

How Do I Handle My Fire Trauma?

Dear Meli, I know that you live in Sonoma County, so I’m curious to hear your take on this. I was evacuated from my home during the recent wildfires here in Santa Rosa. I was out of my house for about a week, but after that I was able to return home. Not...
What to Do About the Drunk Guy in Your Head

What to Do About the Drunk Guy in Your Head

We all have him. You may not always hear him, but he’s there. Spouting loud, obnoxious stuff. Blatant lies. Cruel insults. Most people call it the ego, but lately I’ve come to see this aspect of myself as a loud, sloppy drunk dude. Yes, it’s a dude. There are...

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