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Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Honoring A Life Well-Lived

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Honoring A Life Well-Lived

"Every man's life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and how he died that distinguish one man from another." — Ernest Hemingway There are some weeks when I wait until the very end to write my “I’ve Been Thinking…” essay for The Sunday Paper....

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: A Moment of Decision

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: A Moment of Decision

"The unending paradox is that we do learn through pain." — Madeleine L'Engle There I was last Sunday, sitting on my porch reading, when I came across a fascinating and inspiring article in the newspaper. (My porch is my favorite spot to sit, think, read, reflect,...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Spirit of the Season

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." — Mark Twain And so it begins… The holiday madness. The holiday rush. Everywhere you look, you see ads for this and that. Must buys. Must haves. Must gets. I, for one, find it all to be...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Coming Together

"Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver." — Barbara De Angelis The other day, I woke up to a text from my friend Matthew DiGirolamo. Matthew and I worked together for many...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Getting Your Internal House in Order

"In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you." — Deepak Chopra As I watched the news unfold on Thursday about the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, here in California, a woman on the treadmill next to me at the gym said, “You know, you can’t go...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Gift of a New Beginning

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” - Eleanor Roosevelt Guess what Tuesday is? Yep, it’s Election Day. But it’s also my birthday! Yippee! Every year as my...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Acceptance

"Accept—then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it ... This will miraculously transform your whole life." — Eckhart Tolle When my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I heard the words, but...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: The Power of You

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt." — Honore de Balzac My friend Martha said something to me the other day that stopped me cold. “I have an idea for you,” she said. Having no idea what her idea could possibly be, I said, “Go for it. Tell me.”...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Healing Our Nation Starts From Within

"If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Where There Is Anger, There Is Hope

"The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life." — Jane Addams   I know many of you are waking up feeling enraged, angry, frustrated and disillusioned this morning. Meanwhile,...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Where Do We Go From Here?

"The ego seeks to divide and separate. The spirit seeks to unify and heal." — Pema Chodron   I had been looking forward to this past week for months. My youngest son turned 21 on Thursday, and months ago, I made plans to fly out to see him in Michigan and celebrate....

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Learning to Find Your Voice

“The moment a woman comes home to herself, the moment she knows that she has become a person of influence, an artist of her life, a sculptor of her universe, a person with rights and responsibilities who is respected and recognized, the resurrection of the world...

Maria Shriver’s Sunday Paper: Why We Should Make Time for Wonder

"Wisdom begins in wonder." — Socrates Dear Friend (a.k.a., you, the Sunday Paper reader), How have you been? I’ve missed you over these past few weeks. Even though I spent August taking a spiritual break, I found myself missing our weekly connection. I must confess,...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Importance of a Spiritual Break

A few weekends ago, I went to visit my brother Bobby and his family in Wyoming. He left LA about two years ago, and at the time, his departure really hit me hard. I liked having him as a neighbor and so close by. But my essay today isn’t really about why he moved or...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Inclusion

Before this week even started, I knew that I wanted to write my essay this Sunday about inclusion and unity. I knew that I wanted to write about pushing for change. About staying the course. About the power that one voice and one idea can have in making a difference....

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Relationships

Love. It’s that four-letter word that makes our world go ‘round. Artists sing about love. Writers write about love. Painters paint about love. Protestors take to the streets carrying placards that plead for more love. And, every once in a while, a political leader...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Community

The other day, my brother Timothy spoke to a packed stadium as he opened the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. As he talked about “taking a stand for inclusion,” everyone in the stadium rose to their feet. Tears filled their eyes. Hearts burst with inspiration. A...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Making Memories That Last a Lifetime

I’ve been thinking about how to make each and every day matter. How to make each and every day memorable and meaningful. If the last week or so has taught us anything, it’s that people are super fragile. All of us are, at one point or another. It’s hard to know what’s...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Shifting Your Perspective

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the power of shifting your thinking. I’ve written in the past about shifting my own thinking from “I have to…” to “I GET to…” I also wrote last week about my shifting my thinking on time from “It’s happening to me…,” to “It’s...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Timing in Our Lives

Not too long ago, someone asked me why I hadn’t published my book, “I’ve Been Thinking...,” sooner. After all, I’ve been writing these essays and sharing them in The Sunday Paper for years, so I could have easily published it a year or two ago. But, as I told that...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of New Beginnings

“Your soul senses the world that awaits you.” That’s the last line of a poem by one of my favorite poets, John O’ Donahue. It’s called “New Beginnings,” and I just love the image that it conveys. A world awaits you and your soul. Several years ago, I printed out the...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Healing

I know, I know. I know what happened yesterday. An American woman joined the royal family. Yippee! I actually got up to watch Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding. Yes, I did. I watched it because I’m a romantic at heart. I just love love stories, and theirs is an...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: What I’m Thinking About This Mother’s Day

The other night I was out to dinner with two of my kids and their significant others. When we got up to leave, we stopped to say hi to a neighboring table. After a little chit-chat, the woman sitting there said, “Is this an early Mother’s Day dinner?” I laughed and...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Conversations Around My Kitchen Table

My kitchen table is always a busy place. (Not as busy as newsrooms or the White House were this week, but pretty busy nonetheless.) I love family, I love food, and I love to invite people into my home to sit with me at my table. Oftentimes, I invite friends of mine or...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Making Time for What You Value Most

This week was a good time to think about what you value in your life. France's President Emmanuel Macron delivered an impassioned speech to Congress this week about what he values and what he believes in. Hearing him speak got me thinking about my own beliefs and...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Finding a ‘Yippee!’ Moment in Every Day

A profoundly simple idea came to me last weekend. It came way before I watched the Comey interview. Way before the Time 100 list came out. Way before Jeff Bezos told us how many Amazon Prime customers there actually are. (OMG.) The idea came to me as I was sitting in...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Feeling Anxious? Find Where You Belong…

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about belonging. It’s not something I recall thinking about much when I was a child. At that time, I knew where I belonged, and who I belonged to. (Although I must say, there were times I wondered how I ended up in the family that...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Making Sense of Life’s Uncertainties

The truth is, sometimes you don’t know what to think because nothing seems to make sense. Nothing that you thought to be true is. Everything you believed to be, isn’t. It all just feels fluid, unsteady, confusing and scary. For me — for a variety of reasons — that’s...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Honor Those You Love. Start Today.

As I stood in the back of my church on Palm Sunday, I found myself thinking a lot. Actually, I came into church already thinking, as I had just spent an afternoon with a friend who was struggling with cancer. A year ago, my friend was the picture of health—laughing,...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: And the Doctor Said, ‘Go Live Your Life…’

A few weeks ago, I went to visit my friend Nancy. She didn’t ask me to come, I just went. I went because she told me the doctor (actually, multiple doctors) had told her there was nothing left to be done for her. Her cancer — the disease she had long kept at bay — had...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Changing the Way We Think About Fear

As I travel around the country for my “I’ve Been Thinking…” book tour, I continue to be moved by the conversations I’m having with people along the way. This week, I was particularly struck by the conversations I’ve had with people about fear. Fear. It’s one of the...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: I’ve Been Thinking About Gratitude

There I was, sitting in a small back room at Molloy College, waiting to go on stage to talk about my new book, “I’ve Been Thinking…” This was Wednesday, two days into my book tour. I had just driven two hours from Manhattan to Long Island and I was tired. I was...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: I’ve Been Thinking…

The other day, I told my friend Elizabeth what I was thinking. She responded in the best way possible. “You are,” she said, “right on time.” Her words landed and made me feel grateful and joyful. Here I am exactly, where I’m supposed to be. This week, my new book...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: What I’m Giving Up For Lent This Year

On the Sunday before Ash Wednesday, my pastor asked all of us at church to start thinking about Lent. What might we do this Lenten season, and what might we give up, he asked? His sermon really got me thinking. In the past, I’ve used Lent as an opportunity to give up...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: What Makes You Feel Loved?

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been mesmerized by love stories. Love stories in books. (Hello, “Wuthering Heights.”) Love stories on the big screen. (“The Sound of Music,” “Notting Hill,” “Love Actually”… I won’t tell you how many times I’ve watched these films...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Best of Us

Earlier this week, my brother sent me a link to this commercial for the Winter Olympics that features skier Lindsey Vonn and ends with the tagline “The Best of U.S.” It’s an inspiring, uplifting and motivating video. And, as usual, it got me thinking. It got me...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: What Breaks Your Heart?

The other day, I had the chance to speak with Architect of Change Dr. Tererai Trent about her new book, “The Awakened Woman.” In addition to being an author, Tererai is an internationally renowned scholar and humanitarian whose voice and incredible life story have...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Finding the Light in the Cracks

This week, I found myself really trying to find the light in the cracks. That’s not always an easy thing to do, especially if you focus your attention on the blame game coming out of Washington right now with regards to the government shutdown. I mean, really? Who...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Try Starting Your Day Like This…

Here we are in a new year, with the promise of a new day. New days. New years. Earlier this week, my dear friend Oprah Winfrey delivered a powerful speech about a new day being on the horizon. I love that imagery, I love her, and I love that truth. I, for one, believe...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: My One Intention This New Year

Last year around New Year’s, my kids and I stood around a fire. One by one, we threw into the fire what we wanted to burn from the past year. We also voiced our intentions for our lives moving forward. We did it again this year, but this time, I had just one intention...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: A New Year’s Eve Message

On this New Year’s Eve, we here at The Sunday Paper want to take a moment to say thank you for being in community with us this year. Each week, Maria shares her “I’ve Been Thinking” essays, as well as news and views from others who are moving humanity forward, with...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: What Christmas Eve Means to Me

Christmas Eve is powerful. At least it is for me. Hearing the music at my church on this day moves me. It’s stirring and beautiful. I love to see so many families there together, dressed in their Christmas best. The parable of the holy family —searching for a place to...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: It’s Time to Embrace Love

This past week got off to a love-filled start, with the announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement. Their news made me happy, as it did so many others. I felt happy for them as a couple. I felt happy for this story of joy, hope and acceptance by the...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: These Are the Things I’m Grateful For

On this Sunday after Thanksgiving, I find myself reflecting. I am reflecting on the larger world we share. I am reflecting on our country and all that is going on here at home. And, I am reflecting on my own, smaller, world, right here within myself. Through...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: Why Thanksgiving Is My Favorite Holiday

We are heading into my favorite week of the year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it represents everything that is important to me: My family (I just spent a few days with two of my cousins. How deeply meaningful it was to share laughter and connection...

The Power of the Moment

The other day, I was sitting at lunch with my kids as they started to discuss the Texas shooting and started to wonder why the news had moved on from this story so quickly. My son said, “Wow, that Texas story was wild. Why aren’t more people talking about that? Isn’t...

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