a blog by Ellen Davies

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Practice Loving-kindness even when you do something stupid

Practice Loving-kindness even when you do something stupid

Recently I did something really stupid, and I beat myself up about it. For a while I forgot that I had made a commitment to practice self-compassion. It got me thinking… when you screw up, do you love yourself anyway? Or do you beat yourself up? […]

Self-Compassion

Self-Compassion

What is self-compassion? Self-compassion is being nice to yourself. Right? Sounds so easy. Are you nice to yourself? Really?   I had a conversation with a friend recently about self-compassion, and it led to new insights for me. I was inspired to make self-compassion a […]

Meditation on a snow globe

Meditation on a snow globe

I have always loved snow globes. Maybe it’s because I grew up in the south, and we rarely got snow. Maybe it’s because I can’t resist the urge to pick one up and shake it, so the snow swirls around, looking so beautiful.   Our […]

A Gentle Story: The North Wind and the Sun

A Gentle Story: The North Wind and the Sun

This morning, still thinking about yesterday’s post on the power of gentleness, I remembered this story. When I was young, my dad would read to me from a big book of Aesop’s fables. This story about the North Wind and the Sun is a good […]

The power of gentleness

The power of gentleness

If you want to make changes, you have to be gentle with yourself. As we lean into this new year, 2018, keep this in mind. If you’ve resolved to learn how to meditate, or take up a yoga practice, gentleness is the way to go […]

Christmas anxiety

Christmas anxiety

Here is my post from last year about holiday anxiety. I thought it was worth reposting! Happy holidays!    This post is all about anxiety. I get holiday anxiety every year. It’s kind of a tradition with me. Ha, ha, get it? Holiday tradition?   […]

I’m thankful for trees and what they teach us

I’m thankful for trees and what they teach us

I am doing this Gratitude Project right now, and our question for the day was: Where is your favorite spot in nature and how does it cultivate gratitude in you?   I’m thankful for trees   My favorite spot in nature is sitting under the […]

Friday favorites: Meditation

Friday favorites: Meditation

This has been an incredibly stressful week for me. It started off with us losing our checkbook on an airline flight, moved on to a random tax bill that we know is incorrect, and seems to be ending with me panicking about my role as […]

What is Reiki?

What is Reiki?

In July, I became a certified Reiki Level 1 practitioner. I am excited to offer this to my clients. A brief description of Reiki  Reiki comes out of the Japanese tradition. The word “Rei” means spiritual, and “ki” means energy, so Reiki is spiritual energy, […]

Forgive every day

Forgive every day

Recently I read that every day we need to forgive anyone and everyone. This act of forgiving allows us to release any negative energy that may have built up during the day, and it also releases the person we are forgiving. This is a wonderful […]