Emergence

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 feedback…

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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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Is It Time to Pull the Plug on Some People in Your Life?

Some of our relationships are toxic and leave us depleted. But we don’t seem able to pull the plug, even though we should. When we fail to pull the plug,…

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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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To Shake Things Up, We Need High Quality Talk

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.   Pema Chodron Human beings are talking, and talking, and talking. Our species,…

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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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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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How To Stop Worrying about the Troubled World

Our personal psychic reality plays out against the background of a troubled world. The modern mind is inundated daily with information about explosions, violence to innocent people, brutality of every…

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A Poised Life With Pain

As a person who is successfully sustaining my poise most of the time, I have often wondered if I could remain poised in the face of terrible challenges like chronic…

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Stuck: Now What?

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.           Henry Thoreau, Walden I hate to admit it, but I’ve been a bit stuck lately. I’ve been drifting, unable to fully…

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