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

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...

My Birthday Reflection

As I approach my birthday and a new year of life, I’ve been thinking about how blessed I am. I'm blessed to live in this country. Blessed to have my family and my friends. Blessed to be in conversation with a loving non-judgmental god. Blessed to have work that...

Maria’s Sunday Paper: The Power of Re-evaluating Your Beliefs

The news of the week, as it always does, got me thinking. It got me thinking about politics. Thinking about addiction. Thinking about success. Thinking about how to live one’s life. Every new year, I usually do some kind of inventory of my own life. But I can’t wait...

What People With Passion Have in Common

This upcoming Saturday is National Make a Difference Day, but for me, every day is an opportunity to make a difference. Over the years, I’ve noticed that the people who are passionate about making a difference all have something in common: they have drive. They have a...

The Power of No

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the word “no.” No is a word that has great power in our lives and in our society. And yet, it’s one of the most challenging words in our vocabulary. Every time I’ve heard “no” in my professional life, I’ve challenged myself to...

The Power of One

I’ve been thinking all week about the power of one. One moment. One person. One action. Any of these can change your life forever. It takes one person to fall in love with you to change your whole world around for the better. It also takes just one person with violent...

This Is an Idea Worth Fighting For

"America is an idea. America is the greatest idea that the world ever came up with." — Bono I just love the quote above from Bono because it's so true. America is definitely the greatest idea that the world has ever come up with. Now, that doesn't mean our nation is...

The Power of the Mind

The other day, my daughter said to me: “Mom, do you ever stop thinking? Does your mind ever turn off?” Trust me, this was not a compliment. I laughed and explained that, yes, my mind does turn off when I meditate in the morning (or, at least, I try to turn it off)....

This Is What Happens When You Open Your Eyes

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.

Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.

Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.

We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.

Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.

What I Learned During My Spiritual Break

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.

Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.

Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.

We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.

Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.

If You’re Looking to Strengthen Your Family, This Message Is For You.

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.

Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.

Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.

We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.

Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.

The Power of Boredom, Breaks and Creativity

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about the pillars of the society I want to live in. The society I want to work in. The society I want to grow old in.

Love, as I wrote last week, is the guiding principle of that society. There are several other principles as well, which I’ll get to over the next few weeks. But today, on Father’s Day, I want to focus on the concept of kindness.

Kindness, I believe, is one of the most important qualities that we can have. It’s what can lead us out of our current atmosphere, which is anything but kind.

We rarely recognize kindness as a form of strength, but it is. It takes strength to lead your life from a place of kindness — whether you are leading as a father, an elected official, a teacher, a CEO, or as someone in some other role.

Being kind starts with being kind to yourself. You know that inner voice that so often berates you and everyone around you? That voice that tells you that you’re not working hard enough? That you’re not keeping up? That says, ‘Who do you think you are’? Well, when that voice finishes berating you, it comes out of your mouth and reaches everyone around you.

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