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Taking responsibility = taking action

June 22, 2017 It’s so easy to see what’s wrong with ‘them’.  And once we’ve seen it, talking about it with anyone who will listen, ad nauseam, is a great distraction from how impotent or frustrated we feel. The boss is an idiot, the guy who voted for the ‘wrong’ candidate and still supports him …

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Want to reduce your suffering?

June 4, 2017 Let’s explore pain and how you might develop a different relationship to it. The idea is that by changing your perspective — your thoughts and attitudes about pain — you can change how you experience it. Sounds crazy, I know.  Pain is pain. But is it? Pain is literally comprised of a …

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6 keys to pure joy

May 14, 2017 I remember being a twenty-something — what it felt like to be alive at that age.  At twenty-something my future was forever, in spite of evidence to the contrary. Forty years later I feel enormous gratitude that I can still appreciate the magic of my youth, and also look forward to the …

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How to experience true love

4/30/17 The people who trigger, annoy, irritate, excite, enliven, or enlarge you are always more than the label you’ve given them.  Irritating, obnoxious, peaceful, narrow, worrier, closed, open, arrogant, loving, content, insecure, anxious, generous … everyone whom you’ve ever burdened with a label is so much more than the ideas you have about them. The …

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5 keys to enlightenment

April 16, 2017 Mindfulness is the topic du jour, and it doesn’t look like it’s going out of style any time soon. You can’t turn around without hearing a word or phrase related to it — meditation, acceptance, letting go, enlightenment… In some ways each term has been endowed with mythical characteristics, but enlightenment may take the …

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What’s your one-line message to the world?

April 2, 2017 I came across five questions in an awakin.org interview.  They grabbed me. My answers are profoundly different than they would have been twenty, ten or even five years ago.  I suspect that five years into the future, if I go through this exercise again, my answers will reflect new experiences and new …

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Just 90 seconds …

March 19, 2017 Being human means that we’re attracted to what feels good, and resistant to what doesn’t.  That’s the ground of our humanness, and a primary cause of our fear and suffering. Aware of it or not, we bounce between those two states all day, every day, throughout our lives.  Always with the intention …

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Fact of life: relationships are difficult

February 26, 2017 Scott Peck opened his book, The Road Less Traveled, with the statement “Life is difficult”.  With those three words I nominate him for an award for all-time best opening line of any book. I’m opening with “Relationships are difficult”.  Relationships with people we care about are hard.  We need all the help we …

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What makes a question more than just a question?

February 12, 2017 A question becomes more than just a question when it’s transformed from a superficial or challenging statement into an expression of love. The image above is the infinity symbol – two circles elegantly and inextricably linked.  Read on to see what they represent–the most fundamental components of your relationship toolbox. In Becoming Wise:  …

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If you let go of some of the rules … chaos?

January 18, 2017 How many of your decisions are really your decisions? I’ve been looking back at my life and taking inventory.  I’m wondering how many of my decisions have been decisions that:  others wanted me to make; or that my younger, less experienced self would make; or that I think I ‘should’ make because …

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