World Service as a Gateway to Soul and to Happiness

World Service as a Gateway to Soul and to Happiness

For me, being of service means working on behalf of and thus taking a stand for a cause or causes that we believe in and which are dear to our hearts, and where we feel we can make some kind of positive contribution towards a healthier world.

Being Gentle with Yourself and Others

Being Gentle with Yourself and Others

I know you're carrying a lot right now. In your life, in your mind, inside your emotional body, too. The load is heavy. I just want you to know, I feel you. Today, I want to send you some tender love. It won't solve everything, but it might lighten the load for just a moment or two. 

Are You Dreading Going Back To The Workplace?

Are You Dreading Going Back To The Workplace?

As some of us return to the workplace, or are planning to do so in the future, we face the challenges of a changed environment of social distancing rules and restrictions.

Panic Attack Signs and What To Do If You Have One

Panic Attack Signs and What To Do If You Have One

We are living in scary and uncertain times, so it’s hardly surprising that a new study has found the number of Google searches for “anxiety” and “panic attacks” has increased since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

What Are You Afraid of...?

What Are You Afraid of...?

Some of our fears are so slight, or come up so rarely, that we ignore them for the most part. Yet, all our fears are with us constantly whether or not we acknowledge their presence. They reside in our subconscious and create havoc in our life. Whether your fear is of death or of spiders, that fear runs your life.

The Gentle Art of Blessing: Changing the World in One Day

The Gentle Art of Blessing: Changing the World in One Day

Every day, everyone we meet can be assisted by simply our changing our attitude and our focus. We can all change the world today. On passing people in the street, on the bus, in places of work and play, bless them...

Kshamā: Patience, Peace and Gratitude in a Time of Pandemic

Kshamā – Patience, Peace and Gratitude in a Time of Pandemic

There are many virtues appropriate to our present circumstances that are extolled in the wisdom of Sanskrit: Abhayam (अभयम्) fearlessness; Balam (बलम्) strength; Buddhi (बुद्धि) reason, Kshamā (क्षमा) patience and forbearance, and so on.

Commitment: How Do We Know What to Commit To?

 

Commitment: How Do We Know What to Commit To?

Sometimes it seems that commitment is a four-letter word. It is a word that oftentimes brings up fear as well as insecurity and doubt. What is the underlying fear to committing ourselves to an action, project, or relationship? Is it...

Managing and Avoiding the Overload Syndrome: Learning to Say "No"

Managing & Avoiding the Overload Syndrome: Learning to Say "No" to Obligations

This temporary anxiety and depression state results from becoming overburdened with too many work, household, volunteer, or social obligations, and subsides promptly after reducing the excessive responsibilities. It can best be likened to overloading an electrical outlet and blowing a fuse. This situation is becoming...

How We've Created Duality and Separation, and What To Do About It

 How We've Created Duality and Separation... And What To Do About It

Instead of embracing change and uniqueness, we are raised to fear both. Our conditioned ego asks that we expend huge amounts of energy trying to create a false sense of security and stability. It chides us mercilessly if we attempt to break out of the dysfunctional norms that our culture has placed on us.

Rebirth: Love Will Replace Fear

Rebirth: Love Will Replace Fear

The sacred has always been with us. It’s right there outside the window. It’s right there outside the walls we’ve built around ourselves, right there outside the doors of perception made opaque by the human ego.

Reducing the Obesity Stigma: Are We Over Weight Yet?

Reducing the Obesity Stigma: Are We Over Weight Yet?

The 2019 report from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam focused on addressing different forms of stigma. Included in the report was one form of stigma — obesity or weight stigma — that has proven remarkably difficult to overcome. We are hoping to change that.

What Groundhog Day And My Time In A Monastery Taught Me About Lockdown

What Groundhog Day And My Time In A Monastery Taught Me About Lockdown

How do we cope with the new normal of staying in our houses for 23 hours a day? One popular solution is to immerse ourselves in stories. Topical films, such as Contagion (2011), have found a new life in the pandemic. But a more prescient film, for lockdown, is the cult classic Groundhog Day (1993), directed by Harold Ramis.

Memories Are Very Precious

Memories Are Very Precious

During this pandemic, so much has been taken from us. Everyone is missing something important for them. For us, the fact that we cannot do our workshops, work that we have done for the past 45 years and we dearly love, causes hurt to our hearts.

The Art of Forgiveness and Setting Yourself Free

The Art of Forgiveness and Setting Yourself Free

Forgiveness is not an easy thing for a lot of us. I believe this is because we associate forgiveness with allowing another to "get away with" whatever it is that he or she has done.

Mask-Shaming Won’t Work. Try These 5 Things Instead

Mask-Shaming Won’t Work. Try These 5 Things Instead

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, many people have found themselves serving as armchair epidemiologists and pundits, tracking the virus, projecting the future, and browbeating people who refuse to stay home or wear masks.

Why People Are Missing Their Daily Commute

Why People Are Missing Their Daily Commute

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a unique experiment in mass homeworking. It’s the first time since before the industrial revolution that most people are working in the same space that they live.

Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Became Florida's Perfect Storm

Why The Coronavirus Pandemic Became Florida's Perfect Storm

Florida is an international crossroads, a magnet for tourists and retirees, and its population is older, sicker and more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 on the job than the country as a whole.

Personality Can Predict Who's A Rule-follower And Who Flouts Guidelines

Personality Can Predict Who's A Rule-follower And Who Flouts Guidelines

As states struggle to get the COVID-19 balance right – between eased restrictions and rising infection rates – it falls to individuals to abide by mask-wearing rules and to maintain six feet of distance between themselves and others when out and about.

What Drives Panic Buying During A Pandemic?

What Drives Panic Buying During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Panic buying has returned to Australia in the wake of its second-biggest city experiencing a spike in COVID-19. The Victorian government has reimposed stay-at-home restrictions on 36 of Melbourne’s 321 suburbs in response.

Why Realism Is The Key To Wellbeing

Why Realism Is The Key To Wellbeing

Life coaches and motivational speakers often treat positive thinking as the key to happiness. Self-help books tend to promote a similar message, with Norman Vincent Peale’s bestseller The Power of Positive Thinking claiming

The Magic of Appreciation: Thank You for...

The Magic of Appreciation: Thank You for...

A few years ago, I discovered with wonder a new form of magic: expressing appreciation to others for something they had done. And modern life offers us a thousand different opportunities to manifest that magic.

When We’ll All Get There

When We’ll All Get There

Many of us spend a great deal of our life rushing to get places. In the process we do clumsy things, get embroiled in impatience and irritation, and sometimes cause accidents. In our haste to get somewhere, we miss being somewhere, and never seem to get anywhere.

There's A Reason Siri, Alexa And AI Are Imagined As Female

There's A Reason Siri, Alexa And AI Are Imagined As Female

Virtual assistants are increasingly popular and present in our everyday lives: literally with Alexa, Cortana, Holly, and Siri, and fictionally in films Samantha (Her), Joi (Blade Runner 2049) and Marvel’s AIs, FRIDAY (Avengers: Infinity War), and Karen (Spider-Man: Homecoming).

Being Vulnerable: Being Willing to Give and Receive Love

Being Vulnerable: Stepping Out From Behind Our Walls

Living behind a glass wall can be lonely. You can see the others out there, yet you somehow remain separated from them. Your wall may be called "I'm not good enough" or "No one understands me or loves me". These glass walls have a way of magnifying the negative. Yet whatever you see through the wall is only the...

Safe Passage through the Current State of Affairs with The Three Emotional Bridges

Safe Passage through the Current State of Affairs with The Three Emotional Bridges

This month I'm going to talk about the emotional bridges and what we can do to safely cross the river. I usually discuss the three bridges as they pertain to communication. However, it occurred to me this morning that I needed to expand out my vision of the Attitude Reconstruction Three Bridges to meet the emotionally fraught times we are all experiencing...

How To Deal With Anger and Let It Go

How To Let Go Of Anger

One feeling in particular merits a special note: anger. If this feeling is a problem for you, you're not alone. It seems that modern life is full of poor expressions of anger.

Is Isolation Just A Feeling?

Is Isolation Just A Feeling?

I am feeling isolated. Is this a state, or an emotion? Rather than getting into the semantics of language, I will ask another question: what does isolation feel like?

Finding Hope In The Darkness: Coping Strategies for Depression

Finding Hope In The Darkness

Hope is an optimistic attitude based on expectations of positive outcomes in one’s life or the world at large. A person who has a high level of hope has healthier hab­its, sleeps better, exercises more, eats healthier, gets sick less often, and is more likely to have less depression and to sur­vive a life-threatening illness.

How Our Brains Can Be Manipulated To Tribalism

How Our Brains Can Be Manipulated To Tribalism

Tribalism has become a signature of America within and without since the election of President Trump. The nation has parted ways with international allies, left the rest of the world in their effort to fight the climate change, and most recently the pandemic, by leaving the World Health Organization.

Blessings of an Imperfect Life: Seize the Moment

Blessings of an Imperfect Life: Seize the Moment

We have all suffered, and will suffer, our own falls. The fall from youthful ideals, the waning of physical strength, the failure of a cherished hope, the loss of our near and dear, the fall into injury or sickness, and late or soon, the fall to our certain ends. We have no choice but to fall, and little say as to the time or the means.

Change Your Frequency and Stay Tuned to Inner Peace

Change Your Frequency and Stay Tuned to Inner Peace

Many of us are tempted to change jobs, houses, or spouses, and sometimes that works. Yet it’s not unusual that when you get to your new situation you find it to be simply a repeat of the old one. In many cases you didn’t need to change the situation. You just needed to change the point from which you were looking at it.

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