Consciousness

Writing Your Way into Your Potential

We have been examining the nature of our potential in the last four posts on New Year’s Resolutions found on this site and in Do You Have Any Potential. In…

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Do You Have Any Potential?

I was smiling to take the edge off my impertinent question. My friend, Ben, had just told me about his inability to change despite increasing evidence that he is in…

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To Awaken, We Need Feedback, Lots of It

“In any spiritual teaching, there is only one thing that is being taught–awakening.”                        Eckhart Tolle   We are in a stage of human evolution that values…

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Living in Awe

I’ve been living in awe much of the time lately. Awe is a feeling of reverent respect or wonder, great admiration produced by that which is grand, sublime, magnificent, or…

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We Can’t Love Anybody When We Feel Sorry for Ourselves

Most people don’t realize that their self-pity and victim-hood are a problem that keeps them locked in-to the ordinary life of periodic complaint, anger, resentment, and irritation. Feeling justified in…

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What’s a Warrior, Anyway?

I keep using the word warrior here, neglecting to define the word very carefully. I do explain what I mean in the introduction to my book, Poise: A Warrior’s Guide,…

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Reading the Book of Your Life

“Shit happens,” one of my friends likes to say as a philosophical acceptance that bad things happen to us, outside our control. I laughingly object, arguing that shit does not…

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Friendships Come with a Poised Life

You can go without marriage, or justice, or honor, but friendship is indispensable to life.     David Brooks, “Startling Adult Friendships,” NY Times, 9.18.14 If friendship is indispensable to life, lots…

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Poised People Can Stop the Killing

For 30,000 years our species has been changing remarkably quickly. And we’re not done yet.  Still Evolving (After All These Years), John Hawks in Scientific   American,    September,   2014  To our…

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What’s the Biggest Question of Your Life

Let’s say that you will pursue the answers to only one question during your lifetime with the aim of creating the best possible life for yourself. Once you decide which…

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