your daily rock : love your sweet self

“When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy. This meant people, jobs, my own beliefs and habits–anything that kept me small. My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.” -Kim McMillen Today, show love to yourself by beginning to leave whatever isn’t healthy. Love,   (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : shake them off

“When people hurt you over and over, think of them like sandpaper. They may scratch and hurt you a bit, but in the end, you end up polished and they end up useless.” -Anonymous When we get hurt by others, we have a choice: we can welcome them into our lives and hearts where they can continue to poison us, or we can be thankful we are not them and that we don’t see the world the way they do, we can say a silent “wow,” and then we can let them go. Shake them off. The weight to carry them along with us is too great. Love,   (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : be a conscious explorer.

“You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.”  -Terence McKenna Be conscious. Explore. Please bring back a new idea today. Love,   (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : give free hugs

“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth…” -Virginia Satir One of the most remarkable moments in my life was centered around free hugs. I can still remember the moment when my daughter Emma walked into the center of Main Street with her “Free Hugs” sign. It is a story to remember, a turning point. Try to give at least 4 hugs today. Aim for 12. Love,   (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...

your daily rock : help me understand

“I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.” -Abraham Lincoln There are so many things we don’t know. Is it possible to walk toward those things with a curiosity rather than a condemnation? Is it possible to walk toward them with a sense of wonder rather than fleeing in the opposite direction? I’ve found this phrase to be the best way to explore with curiosity: “Help me understand…” Not “how could you” or “why do you?” or “why don’t you?” but “help me understand…” It opens up a dialogue rather than shut it down. Help me understand the significance of your wearing a (turban, kilt, cross, other article of clothing). What does that mean to you? Help me understand your beliefs about marriage equality, about end of life issues, about… Help me understand… So much of the time we avoid difference or judge it rather than explore it, because we’ve confused noticing difference with making a judgment. What if we could be respectfully childlike instead: Help me understand. Start a conversation with “Help me understand…” today. Love,   (These beautifully painted rocks are created by Kim Mailhot, aka The Rock...