Jerica

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Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously

I have a tendency to take myself a bit too seriously at times, especially when I get stressed, irritated, or scared. I've noticed that sometimes these feelings not only make me less effective in dealing with a difficult situation, they actually cause the difficulty itself, or at the very least …

Often It's Not Always About What You Want

<b>More often, it's about what you need.</b><p>This is a lesson that the Universe is hammering into me lately and one that I know to be true to the core of my being. I fret over the options and possibilities, try to will what I envision to life, and work so hard to convince myself that the more comfortable, …

Why We Are Together but Feel Alone

Over the past few years I have gradually become very antisocial. I remember a time when I always wanted to be "connected" to the world, to be talking to people, to be around people. I began to find that I preferred time to myself in quiet contemplation. I began to prefer my own company. It was time …

What My 94-Year-Old Grandma Taught Me About Life

A year ago my 94-year-old grandma was sitting next to me, and I recognized that her reality was much different than mine. Here was a woman who has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, Cuban Missile Crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, 9/11, and now …

What I Know About Being Single Now That I'm In My 40s

I'm smiling as I write this, which is a good sign. I certainly had never expected to be single in my 40s. Still, I find myself remarkably happy most of the time. There are moments, of course, of frustration and grief over not having love, marriage and children. But I have come to realize that I'm …

Make Valentine's Day Self-Love and Appreciation Day

For the first time in 21 years, I will be spending this Valentine's Day alone. Although my ex-husband and I rarely made a big deal out of this "Hallmark holiday," I find myself getting resentful at the hearts and flowers filling the aisles of my local grocery store. It's as if Hallmark is trying to …

The Courageousness of Accepting Things as They Are

I Ching: It is only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are, without any self-deception on illusion. That a light will develop out of events, by which the path to success may be recognized.<p>One of the hardest things in life is to accept our misfortunes, our quiet times, our …

In This Very Moment, You Already Have Enough

If we aren't careful, it's all too easy to get caught up in a mindset of "never enough." Author and speaker Lynne Twist says it perfectly:<p>For me, and for many of us, our first waking thought of the day is "I didn't get enough sleep." The next one is "I don't have enough time." Whether true or not, …

The Key to a Successful Relationship: Have One With Yourself First

Many of us have been brought up to believe that life is imperfect unless we get married, have children or at the very least, have a "life partner."<p>If you are single, you might hear, "Don't worry, you will find someone soon," or "You are so beautiful, why is it that your still single?" Have you ever …

How Loving Myself Helps Me to Love Others

It's funny how it's the little things that remind us of the people we love. Like last night, when I was slicing potatoes to make French fries.<p>When my dad makes French fries, he slices the potatoes very thin so they get real crispy in the oven. He is having some health issues right now, so here I …

How to Find Happiness in a Hectic World

"If you've forgotten the language of gratitude, you'll never be on speaking terms with happiness." -- Author Unknown<p>I've been asked often, "Why is there such a lot of talk about happiness?" I can cite the practical reasons: happiness enhances creativity and productivity, your health, and longevity, …

9 Ways to Love Yourself

The focus of my work is helping people to stop abandoning themselves and learn to love themselves. One of most common statements I hear from my clients, as well as from my workshop and intensive participants and from members of my website, is, "I don't know how to love myself."<p>Of course they don't …

3 Questions to Awaken Our Capacity for Life

<i>"We do not learn by experience, but by our capacity for experience." -- The Buddha</i><p>Here is one of the great truths of life that many of us are missing in the constant search for something new -- is that experience alone too often leaves us empty. Instead, it is our attention, curiosity and opening …

John Searle: Our shared condition -- consciousness

Roberto D'Angelo + Francesca Fedeli: In our baby's illness, a life lesson

Tania Luna: How a penny made me feel like a millionaire

Daniel H. Cohen: For argument's sake

The voices in my head | Eleanor Longden

Derek Paravicini and Adam Ockelford: In the key of genius

Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness"

Why do we sleep? | Russell Foster

Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu: A mouse. A laser beam. A manipulated memory.

Can You Trust the Cloud?

Marcus asks,<p>"Is it safe to trust the cloud? I've heard over and over again about how the benefits of "the cloud." I'm worried though that if I store …

The Beginner's Guide to the Cloud

"The cloud" is one of those trendy tech terms a lot of people use but can't clearly define. What is the cloud? When do you encounter it? How can it …

Desperately Seeking Love

To all of you out there who are desperately looking for love, I have one thing to say: Simply stop being desperate. Trust me: Other single people can smell desperation a mile away, and to them it is a huge red flag. I know this may be hard to do sometimes, but you must learn to relax and play it …

Why Do I Keep Attracting Unavailable People?

I hear it over and over: "Are there any available men?" "Why are all the women I attract unavailable?"<p>Laura asked me the following:<p>I find that I attract men who are unavailable. I meet nice men who are fun to be around, but when it comes to becoming serious they always say, "I'm not ready right …

Growing Old Alone?

Who will care for you when you get old? If that's a scary or uncomfortable question, you are in good company. Most people don't want to think about their long-term care needs and when they do, they tend to have major misperceptions of what it costs and what the government will pay for.<p>This high …

Can Reality Set Us Free? The Puzzle of Complementarity (Part 3)

<i>By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit</i> …

Life Is How You See It: Why It's Important to Uncover the 'Big Picture'

Life is all about perception. What one person sees as reality may be completely different from what another person in the same situation may see. It all depends on how our individual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors shape our world. If we could only take a step back and look, I mean <i>really</i> look, at …

Love Requires Action

Within each of us resides the most powerful force on the planet. Love. Sometimes, love requires action, because without action motivated by love, nothing changes. Action requires the courage to connect to our hearts, feel what is happening within and empathize with the suffering of others. True …