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Often when we look at the world around us, we can feel like helpless victims of circumstance. But what is the truth about the reality we live in? Is it something that is foisted upon us from the external environment? Or, are we generating the energies that create the conditions we experience?
What is a human being? There are so many levels on which we could answer. Which begs the question, if we are so multi-faceted and complex, why do we view each other and ourselves in such simplistic and superficial terms? What happens when we take a deeper view of ourselves and others?
The recent headlines have been rather discouraging and disheartening. When we find ourselves in dark times, we may begin to slide into despair. Perhaps you find yourself wondering, “What is wrong with humanity?” Is there any hope?
There’s a lot of talk about freedom. But what does it actually mean to be free? Isn’t it evident that we all have very different ideas and imaginings of what it is? Would we all be arguing over it if that weren’t the case?
Our culture prides itself on individualism and independence, but is that a clear picture of our lives? And is that a satisfactory way to live?
In our modern world, the means for talking has continued to expand. We’ve moved beyond the arenas of the interpersonal, radio and television, to the internet where content is incessantly posted, and tweets and likes are exchanged in a flurry.
Nature is a great teacher. But how often do we heed her lessons? We fight against nature in many ways, even against our own. And strangely, that is often revered, and held up as exemplary. Do we stop to question why?
Earth Day has passed, and Mother’s Day approaches. We typically focus on expressing gratitude towards our own mother, but what of the greater entity of the mother? The Greek goddess Gaia is the source of the terms Mother Earth and Mother Nature. How often do we look at our relationship with our mother on this macro level?
Sunday marks the celebration of Easter this year, the Resurrection. Regardless of one’s spiritual or religious leanings, this day represents something truly powerful — if we are open enough to consider what is possible. Is the miraculous not only possible, but much closer than we think?
Today is the first of April – April fools’ day. Most of us would be gravely insulted if called a fool, holding ourselves above such a label. But what if being a fool was the best thing you could be?
The Japanese have an art called Kintsugi, in which broken pottery is repaired with gold joinery. Not only are the scars and cracks mended, they are highlighted. The resulting piece is far more beautiful than its original form.
It can be hard to find hope for humanity when we read the headlines and see how people treat one another. But at the core of us all, isn’t there a desire to simply be loved?
Love, love, love. There are innumerable songs, books, poems, films, teachings, etc. on the topic. Aren’t we all just looking for love?
This week we can take a deeper look at what it takes to change a habit that no longer serves us. We’ve touched on the topic of change a few times — so let’s delve into a facet of why true change can prove so challenging.
When you think about habits, do you find yourself drawn to the “bad ones”? You wouldn’t be alone!
A new year has just begun. And though the first day of January may feel like an arbitrary “starting point” for the cycle, there is an undeniable energy around that we can make use of — if we know how!
Christmas. Beneath all of the trappings, traditions and busyness the holiday has come to acquire is the root of what is truly being celebrated — the arrival of the sacred within humanity.
The holidays can be a magical time of year — friends and family connecting to spend time together and share affection. But it can also be a very lonely time for many. COVID-19 has certainly caused a significant uptick in the number of people reporting feelings of loneliness, but rates were strongly on the rise even before the pandemic struck.
This week we celebrate a favorite holiday of mine — Thanksgiving. I’ve always enjoyed the simplicity of it: sitting down with friends and family for a beautiful meal shared in gratitude.
People love to play the blame game. Feeling dissatisfied with the state of things, we look around and ask ourselves, “Who is to blame for this anyway?”
Last week, we explored the pursuit of happiness and the recognition that it resides naturally within us rather than in some external condition, place or thing. If that is the case, what prevents us from being in touch with it?
Tonight, the Prescott Film Festival will be showing Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness In Troubled Times. This documentary is about the friendship between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and their insights into how to live a life of joy. I will be joining a three-part panel to lead a Q&A discussion afterwards.
Last time, we explored the duality of the world we live in. So, if we can admit that the world is comprised of duality, are we also ready to admit that we are as well?
Operating from certitude automatically sets up opposition: I’m right, you’re wrong. Years ago, I had a conversation with someone I deeply care for that impacted me greatly.
Why use questions as the format for this column? This has been a challenging time, full of uncertainty. But the beauty of uncertainty is that it can open up possibilities that certitude shuts down.