Category: Happiness and other emotion

Giddy

I love the word giddy. I love the feeling of it too. Who doesn’t?When’s the last time you felt giddy?Giddy is the feeling of so much energy–the energy that creates worlds–bubbling to the surface.So much pure, wild energy that you wiggle and bounce. Your face does funny things like Willow’s in this picture. You giggle.

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Brownie Troop 43487

It was maybe my most meaningful gig ever. Sharing ‘how we work’ with a troop of 9-year old Girl Scouts.I asked so many questions.What do they know about their thoughts, feelings, and why they do the things they do?Where do feelings come from?How do they know things? Not the things they learn in school, but

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Misread Signs (It’s The Opposite of What You Think)

I knew someone with a very sensitive stomach. The tiniest bit of worry and she’d instantly feel sick.She cursed her stomach. Saw it as a weakness, a flaw.She wanted her stomach fixed. Her mind was full of potential ways I might help her toughen up her wimpy tummy. Could we train it to not react

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The Time Song Showed Up

Feeling unhappy is a habit.What else could it be?It’s not your nature. It’s not a feature of your conditions or surroundings. It’s not dictated by your DNA.It’s simply where your mind goes.You unknowingly picked it up at some point, the way you unknowingly pick up an accent or a virus.It’s where your mind goes so

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What is So Horrible About a Feeling? (Or, Cute, Cuddly, Adorable Panic.)

There are a few students in The Little School of Big Change who experience panic in large crowds. We’ve been exploring this on our forum. The LSBC students have seen quite a bit about where their experience comes from.They have gotten personally curious about who they are—they aren’t anxious; they aren’t afraid of people. They

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Sadness, Humiliation and Depression

I’m not typically sad.  Of course I experience up and down moods like anyone, but depressed isn’t a feeling that visits very often.Except for this past summer.Off and on, here or there. There was a depth to my moods that I can’t remember experiencing in the past. A flat feeling that I recognized in theory, even

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How Your Brain is like the Play-Doh Fun Factory

Your brain is an appliance. A physical apparatus. It’s a little like the Play-Doh Fun Factory (which is modeled after a pasta maker in case you aren’t familiar).You select an extruder plate (an extruder plate is one of those things that looks like a stencil with shapes cut out) to place over the opening.Then you

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Change You Didn’t Know You Wanted

I recently wrote the foreword to Jill Whalen’s new book, Victim of Thought: Seeing Through the Illusion of Anxiety.  Victim of Thought tells Jill’s story of finding freedom from something she didn’t know was a problem.Which is kind of interesting, isn’t it? Finding peace and freedom that you didn’t know you didn’t have? Once Jill

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Horizontal versus Vertical: Which Kind of Change are You Inviting?

It can look like people don’t change. Or at the very least, like they don’t change easily. That’s not true though.We are constantly changing, naturally and effortlessly.  We are wired for change.Our understanding of life is constantly evolving—just look at how radically and naturally your world view and understanding has changed from the time you were

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