Dec 22

Reflecting on the past year, preparing for the new

For many of us, as the year draws to a close, this is a time for reflection. If you are like me, you may be looking back at the past year. What did I try to do last year but didn’t quite reach the mark? Where did I succeed? Or where did I fail? But …

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Nov 22

Spontaneous Gratitude

We have a yearly holiday in this country, Thanksgiving, in which we are to give thanks for our blessings. It’s a nice tradition, and one in which people of all religions can partake. Of course spiritual teachings encourage us to have gratitude all year round.  We may even make a list, or create a “gratitude …

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Oct 30

Opening to possibility

Do you ever wish you could do something, but it seems impossible? Or improbable.  It may not fit in with the image you have of yourself, and your relationship to the world. When we were children, we seemed capable of imagining many things. We could play games and slip into different roles, become anything we …

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Sep 21

Seeking Freedom, Seeking Peace

What do you really want—what do any of us really want? We all have our own ideas of what would make up our highest good. I want to be successful as a coach and a writer—to make full use of my talents and abilities and to help others attain their goals and find more fulfillment …

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Aug 23

Eclipse

As you know, this week in the U.S. we experienced an amazing solar eclipse. It “overshadowed” everything so to speak! Most everyone’s attention was focused for a short while on this cosmic event. I got to see it, through the properly prescribed glasses, of course, and it was an incredible feeling. It made me feel …

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Jul 05

Change and Continuity

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Most of us know this quote from the Bible, which is found in the Book of Ecclesiastes.  And those of us who grew up in the 60s know the wonderful song by the musical group The Birds, called “Turn, …

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Jun 22

Back to the body, back to the breath

Teachers always say to get into the habit of practicing mindfulness when your life is relatively peaceful. This will help you when things get challenging—as they do and will for everyone at some point in their lives. I speak on, write about, and practice mindfulness.  However, the latter, the practicing part, can be the hardest …

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May 25

Become more of who you truly are

In our culture, youth is often praised and aging is seen as a deficit. But as we get older, we gain access to a deeper kind of wisdom than we had when we were younger. The great psychologist C.G. Jung said that in the middle of life there occurs a transformation in the psyche—psyche is …

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Apr 26

Awaken to creativity within you

It’s spring and flowers are beginning to bloom. Yet many may be feeling anxious looking at the world around us, where there are conflicts in many places. Still, you want to move forward in your life and do what is meaningful for you. Even when things look bleak, when you don’t see how what you …

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Mar 27

Inner Work, Outer Work: Plant The Seeds for Change

All of us want to achieve particular things in our lives. It’s the nature of human beings to always think, create, innovate. We want to move the external pieces, create new pieces, combine them in new and interesting ways—whether that has to do with family, career, art, or public service. But it’s interesting to remember …

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