2015 - "Three Little Words" by Terry Ferguson
The Fruit of the Spirit

2016 - "Through the Year with Francis of Assisi"
by Murray Bodo

2017 - Thanks-Living

2020 - "Thriving as an Empath"
by Judith Orloff, MD

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February 19: The Difference Between Lust and Love

"As a psychiatrist, I've seen how intense sexual attraction can destroy common sense and intuition.  To make mindful rather than painful choices, learn the difference between lust and love.  Lust is driven by the primal urge to procreate.  Studies suggest that the brain in this phase is much like the brain on drugs....In contrast, love can involve physical attraction, but you also want to get to know someone.....Love is about genuinely caring for someone and becoming good friends rather than simply a physiological "high."......enduring love isn't based on idealization or projection."

Set Your Intention:

"I will know the difference between lust and love.  This will protect my sensitivities and keep my expectations of a potential partner realistic.  I will always ask myself if my tender heart feels safe in a romantic situation."

Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17: Suffocation Versus Abandonment

"Do you often feel suffocated in intimate relationships?  Then at other times abandoned?....Flipping between these two feelings is a common dilemma for empaths.....Honestly assess where you stand on these issues.....Then, with kindness, discuss them with your partner.  Don't make him or her wrong....Then you can find the right balance of togetherness.

Set Your Intentions:

"I will appreciate the fine line between feeling suffocated and feeling abandoned.  I will convey my personal space needs and how much interaction feels good.  This will help me have closer relationships."

Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 16: Boundaries and Intimacy

"Setting boundaries draws a line between you and someone else.....However, you might feel that you don't have the right to stand up for yourself....Boundaries protect you and help you feel safe.  Without them, you might start resenting a behavior that annoys you...or you might get exhausted from giving too much...Internalizing stress is a setup for developing physical symptoms depression, and anxiety.

Creating boundaries is good for your health and your relationships, but it takes practice...Do it with kindness, without being confrontational....Speaking up will create a more honest and happier relationship."

Set Your Intention:

"I will practice setting a boundary today.  I will begin with an easy issue rather than one with an intense emotional charge.  I will also start with a supportive person rather than asserting myself [with an authority figure]."

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 15: The Three-Minute Heart Meditation

"To calm stress and sensory overload, as well as to connect with love, I suggest practicing this heart-focused meditation."
"Close your eyes.  Take a few deep breaths to relax.  Then place your hand over your heart chakra in the middle of your chest.  Focus on an image that makes you happy:  a sunset, a daisy, the ocean, a dolphin.  Begin to notice a growing sensation of warmth, openness, and loving-kindness build in your heart area and flow through your body.  Let this feeling soothe you and remove all discomfort.  Toxic energy leaves your body as you become purified by love."
Set Your Intention

"I will practice the Three-Minute Heart Mediation each day to center myself, release stress, and cultivate loving-kindness.  It is a practical form of self-care that I can use many times a day."

Friday, February 14, 2020

February 14: The Sacredness of Commitment

"One of the most sacred actions you can take is to commit to the power of love."

Set Your Intention:

"I will not be afraid to commit to what I love.  I will let my love flow freely.  I want to be totally present for the moments of my life."

Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 13: Feeling Safe to Open Your Heart

"Opening your heart to someone is a vulnerable act.  How do you know it is safe to do so?  First, observe a person's behavior toward others....The way someone treats others reflects how they will treat you once the bliss of the honeymoon phase fades.....A common mistake that my sensitive patients make is to get emotionally involved with someone too quickly.....Spend time journaling about what makes you feel safe around someone....defining your own criteria will help you determine how quickly you can open your heart or if it is appropriate to do so.  You want a relationship to be a secure container for your love."

Set Your Intention:

"I will be open to a positive relationship with someone who can reciprocate my caring.  I will be with someone who can both give and receive love."

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 12: Don't Get Seduced by Someone's "Potential"

"Recognizing a person's positive qualities is wonderful.  However, to have clarity in your relationships and avoid choosing the wrong people, try to see others for who they are, not who you hope they can become.....However, the reality is often quite different......Releasing the fantasy of what could be will keep you from....being hurt...."

Set Your Intention:

"I will not get fooled by someone's 'potential.'  I will not keep hoping that someone will change or get lost in a fantasy of who they could become."