The older you get, the more you realize we’re far more alike than we are different. And while oceans, circumstances and insignificant details seemingly separate us, we’re all individual pieces of fabric sewn together in the same quilt. As Shakespeare infamously wrote in The Merchant of Venice:

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, do we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.”

Yet, we are judged and judge others for our separateness instead of feeling joined together by our similarities. It happens every time we feel misunderstood, labeled or intolerant. Surprisingly, the more we find commonalities in people we judge different, the more accepting we feel about ourselves. Your abrasive neighbor has imperfections, vulnerabilities and challenges? Ah ha! And so do you!

This week you’ll discover ways to both embrace what makes you different and feel better about yourself. Read about the healing aspects of yoga, mindfulness, creativity, and compassion no matter what you are going through or have gone through the past. It’s a perfect way to end the week and another Friday the 13th.

Are We Losing Creative Thinking Ability?
(The Creative Mind) – We may have had a surge in our technological prowess. But you’ll be surprised to learn that our creativity has plummeted. You can find out more about this creativity crisis here.

The Top 10 Mindfulness and Psychotherapy Blog Posts
(Mindfulness & Psychotherapy) – A great place to go if you’re interested in bringing more peace, mindfulness and resilience in your every day.

Yoga For All Shapes & Sizes: Q&A With Anna Guest-Jelley
(Weightless) – This interview shows yoga isn’t just great for your body, it’s healing for your soul. Learn about author Anna Guest-Jelly and how her e-book Permission to Curve is helping people of all shapes and sizes reap the benefits. (You can win a free copy of her book. For details on how to enter, click on over.)

Women, Men and Trauma
(Therapy Soup) – Trauma begets more trauma. Abuse often has a domino effect causing future episodes of violence. This post brings attention to the importance of having compassion for those who have been criminalized.

ADHD Brains Gone Wild – An Interview with Author Jonathan Chesner, Part I
(ADHD from A to Zoë) – In reaction to what he describes as books that “paint a sob story,” author Jonathan Chesner writes one for the ADHD teen in mind. In this insightful interview, you’ll learn what things he had to learn the hard way and how Chesner is still learning ways to navigate the world with ADHD.