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Born: 1962-11-29
Profession: Author
Nation: American
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Standards of beauty are arbitrary. Body shame exists only to the extent that our physiques don't match our own beliefs about how we should look.

Tags: Beauty, Body, Shame

Use anything you can think of to understand and be understood, and you'll discover the creativity that connects you with others.

Tags: Creativity, Others, Understand

No one else can take risks for us, or face our losses on our behalf, or give us self-esteem. No one can spare us from life's slings and arrows, and when death comes, we meet it alone.

Tags: Alone, Death, Life

Friends, there are many areas in which I need encouragement, but worrying is not one of them. I worry the way Renee Fleming sings high Cs: Effortlessly. Loudly. At length.

Tags: Friends, High, Worry

The position that I take partly as a result of living in Asia is where you stop living according to your expectations and you become available to experience things as they are.

Tags: Become, Experience, Living

Adults under threat feel like children.

Tags: Children, Threat

Anger elicits anger, fear elicits fear, no matter how well meaning we may be.

Tags: Anger, Fear, May

Children who assume adult responsibilities feel old when they're young.

Tags: Children, Old, Young

Creating ways to be happy is your life's work, a challenge that won't end until you die.

Tags: Happy, Life, Work

Do whatever it takes to convey your essential self.

Tags: Self, Takes, Whatever

Every worldview I chose, it seemed, edged me toward belief.

Tags: Belief, Chose, Toward

Given the eclectic and constantly shifting nature of my metaphysical inclinations, I will probably never feel certain exactly what an angel is.

Tags: Angel, Nature, Shifting

I always felt that it was my job to try to help other people get it and deal with it.

Tags: Help, Job, Try

I don't believe that there are no spiritual beings around us. I don't know what to call them, I don't know how they work. But I know they're there.

Tags: Call, Spiritual, Work

I fell in love with Africa and began helping people fix things there.

Tags: Africa, Helping, Love

I have come to believe that there are infinite passageways out of the shadows, infinite vehicles to transport us into the light.

Tags: Infinite, Light, Shadows

I practice staying calm all the time, beginning with situations that aren't tense.

Tags: Beginning, Calm, Time

I'd like to help repair the earth's ecosystems, and to fully live until I'm fully dead.

Tags: Dead, Help, Until

If you're living completely on your own, break out of solitary confinement. Seek to understand others, and help them understand you.

Tags: Help, Living, Understand

If you're religious, it gives you a perspective.

Tags: Gives, Religious

In one century, we've added 28 years to our average life span - a change so rapid that our brains couldn't possibly have evolved to accommodate it.

Tags: Brains, Change, Life

Most of my clients don't realize that the way they look and the way they think about their looks are two separate issues.

Tags: Issues, Looks, Realize

Seek art from every time and place, in any form, to connect with those who really move you.

Tags: Art, Place, Time
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Ten bajillion product ads notwithstanding, your looks are another thing that's basically genetic.

Tags: Another, Looks, Ten

Tiny steps will get you to your goal months and months sooner. A little is better than a lot.

Tags: Goal, Months, Steps

To know what that true self is without social pressure is to know your true nature.

Tags: Nature, Self, True

To make an activity joyful, keep adding things until the activity as a whole becomes more appealing than repulsing.

Tags: Keep, Until, Whole

We evolved to move and to learn with all our five senses!

Tags: Five, Learn, Move

We virtually never feel our age, but thinking that we should can lead to disaster.

Tags: Age, Lead, Thinking

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.

Tags: Childhood, Laughter, Sex

You get social pressure from your parents, who teach you to pay attention to certain things and not to others. You get it in school.

Tags: Others, Parents, School

All religious leaders and spiritual teachers emphasize finding a place within us that is true. People who obsessively follow these leaders instead of their own purpose attach to the spiritual leader and become fanatical and controlling. That's why Jesus tried to tell his followers not to get attached to outward form.

Tags: Jesus, Spiritual, True

Denial exists because human infants, though equipped with trust-o-meters, are built to trust, blindly and absolutely, any older person who wanders past.

Tags: Human, Past, Trust

Polite strangers often tell soothing lies about our physical appearance that prevent many of us from facing, discussing and solving our real problems.

Tags: Problems, Real, Tell

You have the freedom to live and let live, to love and let love. Granting yourself that freedom is one of the healthiest, most constructive things you can do for yourself and the people who matter to you.

Tags: Freedom, Love, Yourself

Anything you're trying to will is focused on the future; it's always associated with some sort of anxiety that makes the present moment somewhat uncomfortable.

Tags: Future, Moment, Trying

Bracketing has turned all my experiences, remembered and present, into a gallery of miracles where I wander around dazzled by the beauty of events I cannot explain.

Tags: Beauty, Cannot, Present

I majored in Chinese. I was never really good at Chinese but I really, really benefited from having been exposed to Asian philosophy early in my life.

Tags: Good, Life, Philosophy

My own nature hovers between neurotic and paranoid. I've developed the habit of mentally listing things that make me optimistic about the future. I do it every day.

Tags: Between, Future, Nature

My point is that perceptual bias can affect nut jobs and scientists alike. If we hold too rigidly to what we think we know, we ignore or avoid evidence of anything that might change our mind.

Tags: Change, Ignore, Mind

Only since the Industrial Revolution have most people worked in places away from their homes or been left to raise small children without the help of multiple adults, making for an unsupported life.

Tags: Children, Help, Life

Sometimes a psychic tells you something and it feels wrong and others may be right on the money. It's your choice about whom to trust, and giving that trust is something we do ourselves.

Tags: Giving, Money, Trust

To live a life that is wrong for you is a form of dying. There are people who have lives that look perfect. They try to be happy, they believe they should be happy, they are trying to like it, but if it's off course from their north star, they aren't satisfied.

Tags: Happy, Life, Trying

When your entire brain is active, that means you are taking everything in through all sense perception. Your entire memory bank and your instincts are in play, so you make much quicker and more intelligent choices.

Tags: Brain, Means, Sense

Almost all my middle-aged and elderly acquaintances, including me, feel about 25, unless we haven't had our coffee, in which case we feel 107.

Tags: Almost, Coffee, Unless

Hopeful thinking can get you out of your fear zone and into your appreciation zone.

Tags: Fear, Hope, Thinking

Although beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, the feeling of being beautiful exists solely in the mind of the beheld.

Tags: Beautiful, Beauty, Mind

Loneliness is proof that your innate search for connection is intact.

Tags: Connection, Loneliness, Search

Basic human contact - the meeting of eyes, the exchanging of words - is to the psyche what oxygen is to the brain. If you're feeling abandoned by the world, interact with anyone you can.

Tags: Brain, Feeling, Human

If you'd rather live surrounded by pristine objects than by the traces of happy memories, stay focused on tangible things. Otherwise, stop fixating on stuff you can touch and start caring about stuff that touches you.

Tags: Caring, Happy, Start

Caring for your inner child has a powerful and surprisingly quick result: Do it and the child heals.

Tags: Caring, Child, Powerful

As much horror as we have always created, we are a species that keeps moving forward, seeing new sights in new ways, and enjoying the journey.

Tags: Forward, Journey, Moving

Absolutely lonely people have few personal interactions of any kind.

Tags: Alone, Lonely, Personal

Every day brings new choices.

Tags: Brings, Choices

The average adult laughs 15 times a day; the average child, more than 400 times.

Tags: Adult, Child, Times

No matter how difficult and painful it may be, nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.

Tags: Good, May, Truth

When you meet people, show real appreciation, then genuine curiosity.

Tags: Meet, Real, Show

Whether you've seen angels floating around your bedroom or just found a ray of hope at a lonely moment, choosing to believe that something unseen is caring for you can be a life-shifting exercise.

Tags: Hope, Lonely, Moment

I really do think that any deep crisis is an opportunity to make your life extraordinary in some way.

Tags: Crisis, Deep, Life

Rest until you feel like playing, then play until you feel like resting, period. Never do anything else.

Tags: Else, Playing, Until

Instead of fretting about getting everything done, why not simply accept that being alive means having things to do? Then drop into full engagement with whatever you're doing, and let the worry go.

Tags: Done, Why, Worry

Good-looking individuals are treated better than homely ones in virtually every social situation, from dating to trial by jury.

Tags: Dating, Social, Society

Allowing children to show their guilt, show their grief, show their anger, takes the sting out of the situation.

Tags: Anger, Children, Show

At times in my life, I have been utterly lonely. At other times, I've had disgusting infectious diseases. Try admitting these things in our culture.

Tags: Life, Lonely, Try

People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.

Tags: Afraid, Authority, Medical

Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong. Love is the only thing that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy.

Tags: Love, Said, Wrong

As soon as you think you know someone else's truth better than they do, you are in deep water.

Tags: Deep, Someone, Truth

If you want to end your isolation, you must be honest about what you want at a core level and decide to go after it.

Tags: After, End, Honest

In fact, when care appears, unconditional love often vanishes.

Tags: Care, Fact, Love
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