Confessions of an HSP: Hermit Mode

How Sudden Ruptures Trigger Extreme Reactions Sometimes life hands us lemons. As an introvert, you may want to make lemonade — but you want to make it alone. And you also don’t feel… Continue reading

Silences.

Family Vacations and The Most Fundamental Need of HSPs    Two months ago, InwardMarvels grew quiet. This was based on a conscious and unannounced decision: I was in my very last few weeks… Continue reading

Mindful Waking: What Was Your First Thought Today?

My husband and I have a long-standing tradition of bringing each other coffee to bed. Whoever is awake first and feels energized enough to let their toes touch the coldness of our fake… Continue reading

Kroton: My Rainbow Plant from the Age of Dinosaurs

I have this strange plant. I bought it at the supermarket, wondering about how a store that small would have a thing this… weird. The plant had no name tag, no watering instructions,… Continue reading

Why Being Highly Sensitive Is a Gift

This goes out to every HSP who has trouble coming to terms with their sensitivity. Believe it or not, our Sensitive Minds and Bodies are a Gift — even if they provide for… Continue reading

You Don’t Have to Do Anything Today

Perhaps it is a controversial thought. But. I currently find myself at the crossroads of my professional life, and that’s when it occurred to me. From an extremely pragmatic point of view, really,… Continue reading

The Versatile Blogger Award

A big fat thank you to the wonderful Blues Fairy, whom I suspect must be my most loyal and generous fan, for her nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award. Check her out, she… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: How Long is Now?

Thoughts on Impatience I have quoted it before, and I will quote it again: “One world at a time.” – Henry David Thoreau This is what Thoreau, suffering from tuberculosis and chained to… Continue reading

The Crystal Bubbles of Lemonade Joys

“What are you doing?” she asks, her hands lovingly rubbing the roundness of her belly in which, for the past eight months, she has been miraculously growing a tiny little person who surely… Continue reading

The Core of All Our Fear

source We are never afraid of what might happen. Rather, we fear not being able to bear what might happen. Or — on the contrary — actually being able to do so after… Continue reading

The Mercy in Unwashed Coffee Mugs

How to See Beauty in a Mess I open the fridge, I grab my little salad dressing bottle. It is oily and escapes my hands as if it were a slippery fish fighting… Continue reading

Hardwood Floors Like Glimmering Lakes

The amazing play of #shade on a hardwood floor. It's a bit like the glimmering surface of a lake. Find beauty in the #Now. #floor #play #shadow #everyday #apartment #mindful #morning A video… Continue reading

The Sublime Glitter of an Orchid

An Orchid’s Lesson on Self-Confidence

The Creepy Beauty of Sprouts

Sprouts are these amazing little worlds of miracles. In essence, they are simply seeds, like those of trees and flowers, but because we can grow them within days on our window sills of… Continue reading

Transit.

When Time Seems to Stand Still. Sometimes life hovers heavily in limbo. Today’s luminous sunset is imminent, yet the traces of tomorrow are not not yet visible. You are waiting for things; all… Continue reading

Your playing small does not serve the world.

I have never gone the way others in my family have gone. From an early age, I insisted on a different path, and because I was lucky, no one ever objected (not seriously… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: An Airy Workspace

The older I get, the more I hate clutter. I used to be ALL about clutter. PINK clutter on top of it. Ironically kitschy clutter. In fact, I had a collection of neon… Continue reading

10 Thoughts to Help You Build a Mindfulness Routine

To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. — William Blake After… Continue reading

The Happiness Hidden in Walls

My post, HSPs in a World of Beauty, talked about how sensitive people have a gift: they find and enjoy beauty easily, which can help them experience a great degree of happiness on… Continue reading

On Trickery, Meditation, and Cosmic Orgasms

I was shamelessly tricked into my first meditation. Frankly, up to the point when I started attending my MBSR-course (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction), I had regarded anything tied to the idea of sitting in… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: The Importance of Knowing Yourself

On Sensitivity, Solitude, and (Self-)Centeredness The first thing you have to know is yourself. A man who knows himself can step outside himself and watch his own reactions like an observer. — Adam… Continue reading

Almond Butter Dreams

Can I just say: Food. Amazing! What it does! Is it not weird how eggs turn white when you fry them? And how strange is it that you toss random things in a… Continue reading

Marvelline’s Marvels, a Baby Dachshund, and Other Great Things

Today, I am very excited to announce three great pieces of news: 1. My recent mindfulness post, “On Christmas Haste,” got published on Www.Everyday-Mindfulness.Org — check out the platform, it is such an… Continue reading

A Life of Enough.

If we indeed choose a life awake, we will embark on a journey not of our own making. It is a journey that may lead us deep into the country of kindness, loss,… Continue reading

On Christmas Haste.

  *Edit: I am excited to announce that a slightly altered version of this post was published on http://www.everyday-mindfulness.org :) December really is the ideal month to observe yourself mindfully when undergoing stress.… Continue reading

A Plea for the Right to Stillness

A place to be quiet, listen, be still, is not merely a solitary refuge from the noisy busyness of the world. It is not simply an absence of intrusion; it is in itself… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: The Moods of Others

A Study of Grumpiness *To my great joy, an altered version of this post was published on http://www.everyday-mindfulness.org. It is the third in a series of HSP Confessions, the first one being “Confessions… Continue reading

Pay it Forward – The Liebster Award

Special thanks to wonderful Ally, who, in her marvelous blog welcome to my little piece of quiet, has nominated InwardMarvels.com for the Liebster Award. What a lovely little nudge — I appreciate it… Continue reading

The Delicate Nakedness of Winter

Something to warm your heart in the light of fast approaching winters… Check out my new page, photographic marvels, to see more of my photos at one glance. They are all taken with… Continue reading

Don’t change.

Don’t change. Change is impossible, and even if it were possible, it is undesirable. Stay as you are. Love yourself as you are. And change, if it is at all possible, will take… Continue reading

The Miracle of a Slice of Orange

Just an ordinary orange. And yet I tend to forget how beautiful the things I devour are.

This World is Always a New World

You cannot step in the same river twice. — Heraclitus of Ephesus I haven’t been inhabiting the virtual realm in a while. Things happened. Life unravelled with remarkable speed and pulled me into… Continue reading

Stop to Continue

This, I find, generally works for any task you are trying to get done. Give it a try tonight after a day’s worth of work :) The best way is always to stop… Continue reading

The Secret of October Trees

Márgarét, áre you gríeving Over Goldengrove unleaving? Leáves like the things of man, you With your fresh thoughts care for, can you? Ah! ás the heart grows older It will come to such… Continue reading

Fear.

Two quotes complimenting each other. Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right… Continue reading

Sunny Side Up Mindfully

a post on frying eggs with love Feel the morning cold of the kitchen floor radiating through your feet, put on fluffy slippers, cherish the soft cozy. Turn on the stove, rub your… Continue reading

Your Top Ten Destructive Thought Patterns

Thoughts are so pervasive we sometimes barely know they are there. They are ever powerful, exploding in our heads and, once we decide to follow them, dragging us along on a disorienting, dizzying… Continue reading

Stillness.

Stress: My Out-Of-Body Experience

*Edit: An altered version of this article appeared on Www.Everyday-Mindfulness.Org :) Last Thursday I made a terrible yet, in retrospect, hilarious mistake: I decided it was a smart idea to check my phone… Continue reading

Confessions of an HSP: Decluttering

Every time I think I have grasped the depth of what it means to be highly sensitive I discover new things about myself that suddenly make sense. Do you know the feeling? Something… Continue reading

One Lovely Blog *Nomination*

I am super grateful to Midnight Blahs (Mulki <3) for having been nominated first for the One Lovely Blog Award. It has been a truly rewarding experience to dive into the blogging sphere just a… Continue reading

Being Hot Fudge Sundaes

We don’t want to EAT hot fudge sundaes as much as we want our lives to BE hot fudge sundaes. We want to come home to ourselves. — Geneen Roth, Women, Food and… Continue reading

The Stress of Mindfulness

The first time I was introduced to the practice of mindfulness was when reading Geneen Roth’s Women, Food and God, in which the first chapter already illustrates that one of the basic premises… Continue reading

HSPs in a World of Beauty

HSPs have a superpower: they can FEEL beauty. Not that others can’t. But recent discussions with friends have given me the impression that it takes a lot more for some of them to… Continue reading

Dust

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. — Henry David Thoreau Someone gave these to me the other day. I was stunned by what I saw when they… Continue reading

An Awakened Life

People often say to me, “I’d love to practice mindfulness, but I’m so busy I can’t seem to find the time.” Most people think of mindfulness as something they must squeeze into an… Continue reading

A Pear

  My newest secret hobby (when no one is looking at me, obviously) is looking at food. Yep. I said it. I find it strangely reassuring. Grounding. To carry a pear in your… Continue reading

The Soft Animal of Your Body

We meet in an airy high-ceiling room of a formerly Buddhist school; the building must have been built around 1900 and survived the war. The polish of the chestnut-colored hardwood floors reflects the… Continue reading

Daring Life as a Skinless Chameleon

“OF COURSE she is also one of those HSPs.“ Some time ago, I overheard a conversation in a cafe. From what I could gather, it was two teachers discussing a third person –… Continue reading

On Seeing

As I was taking these photographs on the Oregon Coast, a van pulled up out of nowhere. Out tumbled a mother with her two kids. The woman scurried right up to me and… Continue reading

“One world at a time.” — Henry David Thoreau

This blog is under serious construction. In store are philosophical articles on being an HSP, introvert, intuitive eater, and a 21st Century Super(wo)man with a flair for mindfulness, nature, cooking, photography, reading, or… Continue reading