The Passive-Aggressive Bully, Emotional Blackmail and the Scapegoat

You can learn a lot about the quality of your relationships when you stop cooperating! We live in a very aggressive world. There is so much competitiveness and people who are naturally docile often feel as if they are getting left behind- behind in validation, behind in consideration, and behind in inclusion. The human tendency […]

Eight Ways to Show Yourself More Compassion

  “Defeat the demons of self-doubt and self-loathing by being your own hero/heroine of self-compassion.” ― Amy Leigh Mercree, The Compassion Revolution: 30 Days of Living from the Heart   No one can feel loved outside of compassion. To be compassionate is to show mercy, tenderness, warmth and sympathy to another. But what about when […]

Self-Love Verses an Inflated Ego: One is Vital the Other Detrimental

“The ego mind both professes its desire for love and does everything possible to repel it, or if it gets here anyway, to sabotage it. That is why dealing with issues like control, anger, and neediness is the most important work in preparing ourselves for love.” -Marianne Williamson Self-love is a very common topic you […]

Loving Me! Finding Your Way from Self-Loathing to Self-Love!

“A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.” – Andrew Matthews   Self-hate is probably the […]

A poem depicting the absurdity in comparing ourselves with others Journey On… Written by Elizabeth A. Van Cleve Don’t ever say- Because I’m here You shouldn’t be there or Because you’re there I shouldn’t be here It makes no sense Would you ever say- Because I am twenty You shouldn’t be two Because I love […]

Trying to Get it Right

A Poem I wrote today about the struggle in trying to get something right!                   Trying to Get it Right Written by: Elizabeth A. Van Cleve I heard you the first time and tried to get it right But my memory and my will Got into a […]

Why Are They Rejecting Me?

One of the most painful human experiences is that of rejection. This is because we are all interconnected and love and acceptance is a primal need. Rejection is difficult to deal with for anyone and the difficulty increases when it comes to close friends and family, the ones we feel most connected to. Their are […]

Start Your Day with Awesome Sauce

Good Morning! Here is quick morning practice to do before you even get out of bed that can add that extra awesome sauce to your day! As soon as you wake up say “Good Morning” out-loud with a smile on your face. Next, say out-loud, three things you are thankful for; e.g. Thank you for a safe […]

Hi Vibes for the Wounded Soul; the struggle is real!

As a child, the mental and emotional abuse I endured was almost unbearable. There was some physical abuse as well, in the form of corporal punishment that never matched the “crime.” Most of the time I had no idea what I had done wrong, but my father seemed very adept at pulling heinous crimes out of […]

The Eye of the Universe

I wanted that bean burrito with warm refried beans and mounds of sharp cheddar cheese oozing over them I craved that bean burrito topped with dollops of creamy white sourcream and a handful of salty black olives I stirred a small pot of warm the beans in mounting anticipation proud of choosing to eat what […]