The Paradox of Peace

by Patricia Spadaro

We all talk about wanting more “peace” in our lives.  But what is peace? In many ways, peace is a paradox. Peace is soft and it’s strong. It’s open to listening and it takes a stand. Sometimes we think that “peaceful” means having no challenges, upsets, or obstacles in our lives. But that’s a passive […]

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Do You Know How to Receive?

by Patricia Spadaro

“We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.” —Thomas Merton Giving is great, but is it always better than receiving? Is giving better than receiving if our giving ends up knocking us flat on our backs, compromising our ability to give with resilience to others? When […]

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“Honor Yourself” Book signings in May and June in New York & Connecticut

by Patricia Spadaro

I’m very much looking forward to book signings coming up for my book Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving in Queens, Yonkers, and Westport, CT,  on 5-30, 6-1, and 6-2 (schedule below). If you’re in the area, grab a friend, come by, and say hi. I would love to see you there! We […]

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“Honor Yourself” Wins Two National Book Awards

by Patricia Spadaro

I’m thrilled—my book Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving has just won TWO prestigious book awards for 2010. It is a Nautilus Silver Award Winner in Self-Help/Psychology AND it won the National Indie Excellence Award for Spirituality. I’m so excited and grateful.  (And a big thank you to the awards sponsors, to […]

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What Are You Giving Birth To?

by Patricia Spadaro

What’s the next part of you that is being born? And are you paying attention to what it needs? I was about to make a right turn onto a busy two-lane street today when I noticed that the cars in the left lane had come to a halt. I thought the girls sitting in the […]

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Honor Your Inner Impulses

by Patricia Spadaro

“Most of us,” said prominent psychologist Abraham Maslow, “have learned to avoid authenticity.” That’s a serious charge and a worthy challenge. What he meant was that many of us are trained to ignore our inner signals. We suppress our feelings rather than express them. We haven’t dug deep and gotten in touch with our own […]

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10 Ways to Release Regrets

by Patricia Spadaro

Facing an unwanted ending or a painful memory—or know someone who is struggling to recover from a loss? Endings can be tough on the heart and soul.  Lay-offs, break-ups, or sudden, unexpected life changes can throw us off balance and make us feel unsure about ourselves and our future. When someone or something pulls the […]

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Honor Your Own Style

by Patricia Spadaro

Life is never a one-size-fits-all formula. If you are to develop and give your gifts (that’s why we’re here, isn’t it?), you must honor who you are and celebrate your own voice. That means embracing the paradox that while it’s important to value the mentors and role models who guide us, we must also rely […]

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Creating Spaces in Your Togetherness – Part 2

by Patricia Spadaro

Are you honoring the paradox of dependence and independence? We honor ourselves when we ask for the support we need. And yet there are times when life compels us to rely on ourselves because flying solo is exactly what we need. The following story from the Hasidic tradition of Judaism highlights why self-reliance is indispensable. […]

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Creating Spaces in Your Togetherness

by Patricia Spadaro

Honor your relationships by honoring yourself—a different approach to relationships that can make all the difference. Relationships, like most things in life, are paradoxical. Healthy relationships require an artful swing between dependence and independence, togetherness and solitude. Even in the closest of connections, where mutual support should come with the territory, it’s essential to strike […]

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