Jan 25

If you write it, it will come

Remember the movie “Field of Dreams”? In that film, Kevin Costner hears a voice telling him, “If you build it, they will come.” He builds a baseball diamond and, well, the movie plot is complicated, but ‘they’ do come and play ball! What do you want to create in your life, to build?  In the …

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Dec 22

Make a Choice

The holidays are here, and many of us feel some anxiety around family, events, celebrations. We’re told it’s a joyful time, but we may not always feel that way. Worries and concerns are not so easy to lay aside. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is said that we each have a place of refuge …

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Nov 30

You are more than you think you are

During this time when the days grow shorter and the world is in a state of great change, it’s more important than ever to train ourselves to focus on what is most meaningful for us. Although we all have personal problems and challenges, we are bigger than they are, and there is always a way …

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Oct 28

Creative Spirit

What is a creative spirit? During the Renaissance, philosophers said that each person is born with something called a daimon. The word daimon comes from the Greek, and it can be translated in quite a few different ways, such as guiding spirit, heart’s calling, twin soul, or higher self. I like to call it a …

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Sep 30

Body and Mind

Our bodies and minds are part of the same system, and what affects one, affects the other. Two Stanford University researchers named Marilyn Oppezzo and Daniel Schwartz conducted experiments on how the way we move our bodies affects the nature of our thoughts, and the way we think affects our bodies.  Their research showed that …

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Aug 29

Attention

Coaching for Attention, Creativity & Career says the ADD Mindfulness website.  Paying attention is the first skill that has to be mastered, because only when you can focus at will on what you choose can you live life with calm power. Without being able to sustain attention, very little can be accomplished. Another skill is …

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Jul 27

If only…

Do you even think “If only I had done this differently in the past, then I’d be in a different (easier, better, less challenging) situation now”? Not necessarily true. Eckhart Tolle tells us: “Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence.” Looking back and …

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Jun 23

Anxiety and Overcoming It

Sometimes you move through life, and things feel as if they are remaining much the same. You get up, deal with whatever is going on that day, and, although you may have some anxiety, you can handle it. And then there are those other times…. For me, they seem to come out of the blue. …

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May 27

The Awareness of Now

Do you ever feel weighed down by your past? Do you look back with sadness or regret at what you did or didn’t do, or with anger at people you’ve encountered? The truth is, it is impossible to remember what really happened, or how we felt at the time. When we look back, we’re not …

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Apr 27

Neurons that fire together wire together

There’s a saying: Neurons that fire together wire together. Neurons are brain cells, and when we fixate on a thought or emotion, the neurons “fire” or set off a reaction in the brain. These neural firings change the very structure of our brains. Think of it this way: If you were riding a bike, and …

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