And four easy ways to practice.

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There’s a silent river that flows behind all action. This river gives us a glimpse into each other's inner world. It is the how of each activity—the way one does something.

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
Mark Twain

The power of self-talk.

Self-kindness is a lesson dear to me because I’ve struggled with harsh self-talk for a while.

On the outside, I’d be doing helpful things, but on the inside, I was suffering. …

Wise words for the courageous.

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What separates humans from animals is that we have dreams for our lives.

Whether your dream is to succeed in your career or you want to make the world a better place, at times, you may feel like giving up. It’s human to feel discouraged, but sometimes all we need is a reminder that we’re not alone.

Any pitfalls we experience won’t last forever. Take rest. Find solace in the words of others who knew the importance of slowing down and persevering. And trust that it’s all working out as it should.

Slow down.

“Rivers know this…

A tale of overcoming distractibility.

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Being my own boss is harder than I thought.

Freelancer life has its obvious benefits. Freedom. Choice. Flexibility. But what I didn’t know was the amount of discipline required. No one is coming behind me to make sure I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

It’s all up to me to practice focus.

I use the verb practice focus instead of stay focused because I don’t think it can ever be a static thing. Nor do I want it to be.

We are humans, not robots. We get distracted. Life surprises us. That’s not a bad thing.

The practice…

Regret as a reason to live with purpose.

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I want to speak to the things
I didn’t recognize before;
to the moments it felt easier to agree
even though I didn’t.

But I was afraid of losing my titles.

Nice. Obedient.
Agreeable. Pleasant.

Without them,
who would I be?
The answer, it turns out,
still me.

So, now I admit to
nods of agreement
in which I hid.

To the things I didn’t say
when I knew something wasn’t right.

When I egged on arguments
between close friends
in hopes to be loved more.

That wasn’t love.
I know that now.
I didn’t then.
I’m sorry, still.


Saving the planet one intention at a time.

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“We are here to change the world with small acts of thoughtfulness done daily rather than with one great breakthrough.”

~ Harold S. Kushner

The current climate crisis could have you wondering how to make a difference.

First of all, thank you for caring and having the willingness to make small changes. And lucky for us, these actions don’t have to be difficult!

Some of the most well-known methods of giving back are by dedicating time and/or money to worthy causes, but humanity must dig a little deeper.

I think we can…

Yep, I hear voices, and you probably do, too.

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After almost an hour of snoozing my alarm this morning, this voice kept repeating, “You’re fine; you have thirty more minutes.”

But something wiser was pulling me from unconsciousness.

The dialogue went something like this:
Thirty more minutes, it’s fine!
Check the time.
No, no, don’t check. It’s thirty minutes. It’s fine.
Check. Check the time.
No, no, don’t. Sleep is good.

Finally, I clawed through the narration and glanced at my phone. …

It turns out, the fire in my belly is guidance, not indigestion.

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Ever since I was little, maybe six years old, I would have a crush on a boy and then call him mine. We’d be boyfriend-girlfriend for like a minute, and soon, this quake would come into my belly, telling me it wasn’t right.

I was six. Of course, it wasn’t right, but still, I’d be in pain if I didn’t speak to it. After two days, it became too much, so I’d dump him — finally choosing my well-being over a relationship (Yea! Go, Brittany!).

Simultaneously, I was aware that the entire experience was in my head. …

Brittany Alicia Carter

Yoga Instructor • English Teacher • Proofreader • Lifelong Learner • Nature Enthusiast

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