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How To Be Real: You don’t have to settle in Cynicsville

Imagine, if you will, two towns:  Cynicsville and Pollyannatown.  Two towns beset by troubles large and small.   And yet the residents of these towns look at their troubles in decidedly different ways. The residents of Cynicsville feel they’ve seen it all.  No matter what the turn of events – good or bad — they […]

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How To Be Celebratory: The release of our new video, “Sticky Notes”

I saw this video in my head long before it made it’s premier on YouTube.  The actors. The expressions. The movements. I knew just how it would unfold.  Just how it would be paced. I wanted to make a short film that would illustrate what it means to have a “To Be List.”  And with […]

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How To Be Understanding: Worry wants to be your friend, it just doesn’t know how!

I come from a long line of worriers.  Worrying in my family was a way of showing you care.  If you love someone, you naturally worry about them.  You want the best life for them, so you try to prevent the worst fate.  If you don’t worry about someone, then you are obviously indifferent to […]

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How To Be Free: Release the stories that are holding you back from embracing what you love

When we adopted our oldest son from Kazakhstan in 2001, he was just a few months shy of his 4th birthday. He had spent all of his days since birth in the orphanage, and in those years he had never owned a thing.  Not a book.  Not a toy.  Not even a stitch of clothing.  […]

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How To Be Grateful: Play “The Gratitude Game”!

Head funk.  Ugh. We all get it.  That nasty swirl of negative, obsessive thoughts. It’s like looking at the world through dense smog. It’s oppressive, unhealthy, and can make your inner world feel downright uninhabitable. Fortunately though, there’s a cure.  And that cure is gratitude.  And even more good fortune: we can touch the energy […]

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How To Be Playful: Try this easy “To Be List” Game!

As any teacher of young children will attest to, the fastest way to teach is through play.  It’s fun.  It’s motivating.  And when the game is over children are amazed that they have grown in knowledge and skill.  Surprise! You thought you were just having fun, but it turns out you were learning! Well, the […]

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How To Be Loving and Kind: Free your mind!

If we want our houses To Be Hospitable, we need to clear the clutter that is hiding the natural beauty of our homes.  If we want our hearts To Be Hospitable, to be a refuge of lovingkindness, we need to clear out the clutter in our minds .  . . Think other people might like […]

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How to be Happy and Free: Put your house on a diet!

Are your possessions helping you To Be Happy and Free? Or stifled and burdened? Are you beginning to feel like your stuff owns you and not the other way around?  Then put your house on a 30-Day Diet! In this video, Lauren will show you how! If you think your friends would benefit from this, […]

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How To Be Resolved: What to keep and what to let go of in the New Year

The New Year is a time To Be Discerning.  What do you want in your life? What do you want to release. This simple exercise will help you practice at Being Discerning in 2010. We appreciate your passing this along!

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How to Be Grateful: For the laundry? Really?

Yes. Really.  You can choose To Be Grateful while you fold the laundry.  And relaxed and loving and openhearted and inviting. With Your To Be List every task, no matter how dull or downright unpleasant can shine with the light of meaning. Can you imagine? Just watch. Everyone who has ever folded a towel or […]

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