Enough is Enough: Finding a Graceful Balance in Life

Enough is Enough
Simplicity is not the same thing as destitution, or self-imposed deprivation. It has to do with finding a graceful balance in life where we have enough material possessions to provide for our basic needs, plus some comforts and luxuries that may not be required for basic survival.

How Happiness Helps Everything Be Better

How Happiness Helps Everything Be BetterWorld Cup football teams with a higher proportion of players smiling in their official portraits have scored more goals on average in all group phases since 1970.

We're All Rowing In The Same Boat

We're All In The Same Boat
For several hundred years, people have mistakenly believed that technology, once fully developed, would solve the ills of mankind, that science would provide the path out of the woods, away from illness, poverty, misery, and pain. We now know that...

Secrets To Living Joyously In Your Reality

Nine Secrets To Living Joyously In Your Reality
You are dissipating your energy out into existence through the personality, instead of using it to stay in your reality. The mask is kept on by energy going out. As you deny the projection of the personality, you conserve energy.

Life Is A Do-It-Yourself Project

Life Is A Do-It-Yourself Project
If you want to live a certain kind of life, you are going to have to be proactive so you can consciously create life as you would like it. You must first mentally visualize and then physically create what you want. You can do this by having a clear vision and developing strong intentions...

Get Rid of Stress by Discovering and Living Your Spiritual Purpose

Get Rid of Stress by Discovering & Living Your Spiritual Purpose
Each soul incarnated into a specific form on earth for a unique purpose. Your journey is now and exists at this moment, whether you realize it or not. It will be more enjoyable if you consciously pursue your spiritual purpose to bring the world to Love. Consciously following your spiritual purpose brings you ultimate...

Attaining Balance Between The Two Halves Of The Brain

Attaining Balance Between The Two Halves Of The Brain
We feel good when both the rational and emotional parts of our brain interact perfectly and are in balance. Things to do with our feelings and emotions are dealt with by the right side, while the left side handles analytical thinking.

With Pleasures So Varied, We Need A Way To Calculate Delight

With Pleasures So Varied, We Need A Way To Calculate Delight
When we decide between alternative courses of action, an immediate consideration is whether our choice will serve us: make us happier, fulfill a desire, increase our comfort, enhance our security or boost our wellbeing.

Can You Just Simply Decide To Be Happy?

Decide to be happy!
What do you think of when you think of Florida, Hawaii or California? Sunshine. It doesn't mean they are without storms, rainy days or even catastrophic events like earthquakes and hurricanes, but in general, those places are sunny and warm. A happy individual is similar.

Find Personal Meaning Through Journaling

Find Personal Meaning Through Journaling
Finding a way to engage more fully in our lives and open ourselves to greater love, peace and happiness is a yearning many of us feel. Yet we tend to occupy ourselves with daily distractions and busy-ness, only to watch the days slip by without connection to any meaningful core.

Rewrite your Story and Craft a New Vision of YOU

Rewrite your Story and Craft a New Vision of YOU
You can probably acknowledge that in your past, you held a distinctly lesser image of yourself, and have judged yourself, made assumptions about your worth (or lack thereof), or seen yourself through a dark filter of insecurity, cynicism, or pain. You also have experienced repetitive patterns of ...

Why Life Is Not a Race You'd Want To Win

Why Life Is Not a Race

Before I met my wife I was always rushing; rushing to get to the store, rushing to reach my goals, rushing through life hoping to get there faster.

Crossing The Threshold of Change by Being Willing to Change

Crossing The Threshold of Change by Being Willing to Change
By the time my patients pick up the phone to make an appointment with me -- or to call any healer, for that matter -- two very important steps have occurred first. First, they have decided that something is awry in their life, something is not as they want it to be; and second, they have decided to do something about it. They are at a gateway...

Transforming Humanity By Becoming Whole

transforming humanity by becoming whole
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we create less of whatever we fail to reward and more of what we reward. It should therefore come as no surprise that the creative outputs and capacities of our two most neglected centers—heart and spirit—are marginalized in society today.

Habit Hacking: Optimizing Your Settings

Habit Hacking: Optimizing Your Settings
While healthy eating, regular physical exercise, stress man­agement, and getting enough sleep constitute advice that our grandparents might have provided, we all need the tools to move from knowing to doing, from thought to belief to mas­sive action.

Giving Busy the Boot: Kicking Your Busy Habits

Giving Busy the Boot: Kicking Your Busy Habits
The busy habit is just like
any other habit — breaking it takes practice. You may be accustomed to rushing from place to place, saying yes when you really need and want to say no, or being the go-to person all the time, and it’s exhausting! I’m sure you know far too well what that feels like...

Be An Original and Stand Out From the Crowd

Be An Original: March to the Beat of Your Own Drummer
When we suppress our originality, we lose touch with the source of our vitality and initiative. One of the unwritten codes I came to believe in was, "If everyone else is doing it, don't." Through the years I have learned that when using this approach many individuals in all walks of life have...

Should You Shield Yourself From Others’ Abhorrent Beliefs?

Should You Shield Yourself From Others’ Abhorrent Beliefs?
Many of our choices have the potential to change how we think about the world. Often the choices taken are for some kind of betterment: to teach us something, to increase understanding or to improve ways of thinking. What happens, though, when a choice...

How To Reduce Stress And Anxiety With Ease

How To Reduce Stress And Anxiety With Ease
Writing about positive emotions may help to reduce stress and anxiety, according to our new study, published in the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Midlife Clarity: A Butterfly Emerging from its Cocoon and Taking Flight

Midlife Clarity: A Butterfly Emerging from its Cocoon and Taking Flight
"You know, girl, after forty-eight years, need I remind you of that old adage -- God never puts more on your plate than you can handle." She sat for a long moment, then looked me straight in the eye and said, "Right now I'm very clear about one thing: I need a smaller plate!"

Is It Good or Bad? Are You Happy or Unhappy?

Is It Good or Bad? Are You Happy or Unhappy?
An emotion is something we attach to an event and it arises as a result of our interpretation of the event. This emotion is not inherent in the event but is always the result of our opinion or interpretation of what’s happening.

Making Space for Individual and Collective Grief

Making Space for Individual and Collective Grief
Grief is an important emotion. Not an easy one, but it’s how we digest the experience of loss and transform it into something that has depth and meaning. People who have owned and transformed their grief are like heavy boulders that can stand unmoved in the midst of hurricanes, providing shelter and refuge to others.

Are Stereotypes About The Millennial Generation True?

Are Millennials Lazy Whiners Or Victims Of Circumstance?
Writer Michael Hobbes says there are too many stereotypes about millennials. So, there are three things that every millennial should know. The first one is that there is no evidence for any of the stereotypes about us.

Leaving the Path of Least Resistance and Creating a Path to Happiness

Leaving the Path of Least Resistance and Creating a Path to Happiness
Habit patterns provide a structure that enables us to easily perform routine things. The danger is we often continue with the habit pattern because we are used to it, even when it is no longer effective and satisfying. The idea of taking a new path is to be awake to our patterns and create new...

Dancing with Life: Being Flexible, Making Adjustments, and Going with the Flow

Dancing with Life: Being Flexible, Making Adjustments, and Going with the Flow
Human beings have essentially two modes or mind-sets that we operate or live in, with, of course, some shades of gray in between. We have what you might call a healthy mode, and another, which you can think of as reactive. When we are in our healthiest state of mind, we 'dance' with life. We're...

Seeing Your World From Another's Perspective

Seeing Your World From Another's Perspective
At some fairly early point in our lives, we solidify our perspective -- the way we look at the world -- into a filter through which all our senses pass. Turning your world upside down by learning to see it from another's point of view rearranges habitual patterns.

Five Steps to the Healing Process

Five Steps to the Healing Process
Although the healing pro­cess can really occur in three simple steps — find your willingness to see differently, give your willingness to your Inner Therapist, and trust that it is done — I find that I often need more ways to separate myself from the ego because it hangs on so tightly. Or, perhaps, because I hang on to it so tightly.

What Are The Benefits of Walking the Heart Path?

What Are The Benefits of Walking the Heart Path?
The heart is a key concept in shamanism, a specialized term that refers to one’s deep source of aliveness, spiritual center, soul, or core. The word core itself comes from the French word coeur, meaning “heart.” It is understood to mean our individual, localized expression of the Great Spirit, God, or Universal Consciousness. It is our individual wave moving upon the greater sea of spirit.

Where Is This Coming From? And What's The Bottom Line?

Where Is This Coming From? What Is The Bottom Line?
When something is taking place and you don't feel in harmony within yourself, ask yourself one simple question: "Where is this coming from?" Keep repeating the question and take it step by step until you get to the "bottom line" -- a basic belief you hold which is instrumental in creating your reactions (and your reality).

The Law of Least Effort is the Fourth Spiritual Law of Success

The Law of Least Effort is the Fourth Spiritual Law of Success
Least effort is expended when your actions are motivated by love, because nature is held together by the energy of love. When you seek power and control over other people, you waste energy. But when your actions are motivated by love, there is no waste of energy, your energy multiplies and accumulates.

Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal

Scars That Wound, Scars That Heal
I interviewed numerous people who have regrettable ink and most admit their decision to get a tattoo was impulsive and not really contemplated. Their experiences with having a bad tattoo included suffering from severe depression and panic attacks. Some people even resort to therapy and antidepressants over a bad tattoo.

The Miracle of Purification: Finding Your Way Home

The Miracle of Purification: Finding Your Way Home
Awakenings may hap­pen because of some alarming event like a negative medical diagnosis or the death of someone you love. An awakening may rise out of necessity or it may come as a “sobering” of a drunken ego overwhelmed with guilt. Once awakened, we must prepare ourselves for the jour­ney.

Pain Is A Given, But Suffering Is Optional

Pain Is A Given, But Suffering Is Optional
Most people who seek out Buddhism think that practice will enable them to eliminate their pain and provide them with a state of permanent happiness. But the reality is that all that Buddhist practice will do is help us develop the skills to cope with this constant dissatisfaction and not turn our pain into suffering.

Awareness is Power in the School of Life

Awareness is Power in the School of Life
Life is a great school, and nature is the ultimate teacher, but without awareness, or free attention, we miss life's teachings. Awareness transforms life experience into wisdom, and confusion into clarity. Awareness is the beginning of all growth.

The Lamb and the Lion: A Possibility of Peace and Love

The Lamb and the Lion: A Story of Peace and Love
From stories dating back to my childhood, I have memories of the lamb as being the weak one... The one who followed innocently... the one who had to be sheltered... the one who had to be picked up and carried to its nourishment and to its shelter. I recall seeing a lamb at its birth, and its legs were unable to support its weight. The lion on the other hand has...

Are You Worrying? Acknowledge It Then Dismiss It

Are You Worrying?
Worrying about things we have no control over is counterproductive. It makes you tense -- which, in turn, ruins your judgment. When you are worried, you live in a state of fear. This makes it difficult, if not impossible, to be loving, helpful, and kind on a day-to-day, moment-to-moment basis.

The Big Game: What Is Most Important To You?

The Big Game: What Is Most Important To You?
I saw a man wearing a t-shirt that declared, "Baseball is life. All else is details." Like this fellow, each of us chooses something that brings us life, and all else becomes details. I encourage you to stay with what brings you life, and let the details be just that.

Finding Special Moments and Taking Time-Outs

Finding Special Moments and Taking Time-Outs
When I was a child, I remember my mother using time-outs as punishment. However, even then, I enjoyed going to my room to think about how I was behaving and what I needed to do "to be a good boy". I enjoyed my time-out then, and I still do...

Ten Steps to Become Confident in Yourself and Your Dreams

Ten Steps to Become Confident in Yourself and Your Dreams
One of the main things that stops people from bringing their dreams to fruition is a lack of confidence. When you are confident, you know you will handle whatever comes up in the best way you can and move on. Regardless of what happens, you will still be whole and complete unto yourself.

Are You Willing to Change? It's Easy, Really!

Are You Willing to Change? It's Easy, Really!
If you want change in your life, then you are the one who must do the changing. When you change, then all the other people in your world will change in relation to you. Are you willing to change? All you have to do is change some thoughts and release some beliefs. Sound simple? It is. However, it's not always easy...

Where A Tattoo Is Located Makes A Difference Energetically

Where A Tattoo Is Located Makes A Difference Energetically
Tattoos are something you are going to wear and stare at for a long time. Once you decide to get a tattoo, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the body’s energy zones and how they interlock together as one consciousness.

Core Themes Are Like Closets In Our Mind and The Body's Messengers

Core Themes: The Body's Messengers
Each event in our life builds off other events emotionally so that they create our core themes. Every perception, drama, trauma, relationship (both the good and bad ones), fear, belief, success, and failure are rooted in our core themes. They're all just waiting for ...

Turn, Turn Turn... The Fourth Turning and Where We Are Headed

Turn, Turn Turn... The Fourth Turning and Where We Are Headed
I understand why people  feel unsettled, confused, and even frightened by what they observe going on in our world today. Everywhere we look we see chaos and change, disruption and destruction. We see suffering and privation; we see inequality and constriction of opportunity. We see a positive future for ourselves only dimly, at best.

Where Do Our Stressful Thoughts And Beliefs Come From?

Where Do Our Stressful Thoughts And Beliefs Come From?
The moment we can ask ourselves “Does this thought have anything to do with reality?” “Is this thought true?” we are starting to wake up. This understanding breaks the bondage, which is our total identification with thoughts, and empowers us to wake up from the dream state.

The Four Starting Points to a Healed Life

Four Starting Points to a Healed Life
There comes a point when you must decide if you want a life that is fear-driven or one founded on love and hope. Establishing this premise is tantamount to bringing your healing to the next level. Remember, each gain will be incremental. You'll catch the negative voices faster; you'll dismiss them more quickly...

Why We Need To Figure Out A Theory Of Consciousness

Why We Need To Figure Out A Theory Of Consciousness
Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last decade, a fledgling community of “consciousness scientists” have gathered some interesting information...

Can Self-Control Be Learned, and Why Does It Matter?

Can Self-Control Be Learned, and Why Does It Matter?
Is self-control something you can acquire, like a new language or a taste for opera? Or is it one of those things you either have or don’t, like fashion sense or a knack for telling a good joke?

How Positions Of Power Fuel Narcissism

How Positions Of Power Fuel Narcissism
Endowing people with social power inflates the socially-toxic component of narcissism called exploitation and entitlement, according to new research.

Life's Greatest Teachers: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Life's Greatest Teachers: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
We may be born surrounded by people and circumstances who will set us gently on our journey -- or we may have more difficult conditions. Those who, on Earth, seem to be our harshest taskmasters, may be very close to us in our soul group.

Honesty and Courage: Everyday Virtues That Help You Keep Your Heart Open


Honesty and Courage: Everyday Virtues That Help You Keep Your Heart Open
You might think of courage and honesty as lofty ideals, almost impossible to attain. What happens if, instead, you regard them as everyday virtues that will help you keep your heart open? To keep your heart open, you must be honest about everything, even your simplest experiences.

What Does It Mean To Become More Conscious?

What Does It Mean To Become More Conscious?
Using the word consciousness in any discussion can be confusing because it's a word used to mean so many things. As Jung defines it, consciousness is the perception of a relationship between a subject (my ego) and something else that's either outside of me or part of my inner world. Becoming conscious, in the Jungian sense, requires a committed effort to know ourselves, but this effort rewards us with a sense of energy, assurance, and peace.

Control versus Trust: Learning to Live in the Neutral Zone

Control versus Trust: Learning to Live in the Neutral Zone
With all the technology and modern conveniences we enjoy, living should be easier and more prosperous for everyone. Still, for many there is a gradual erosion of the quality of their lives. The energies that have supported the economic and religious systems of the world in the past are evolving and changing.

No One Is An Island: We Are Companions, Not Competitors

No One Is An Island: We Are Companions, Not Competitors
Margaret Wheatley talks about how, in the midst of chaos, our greatest challenge is to believe in our own goodness; how we are all afraid of change; how, when fear augers in, leaders must demonstrate patience, forgiveness and compassion; how we must approach chaos with humility rather than blame and negation...

Four Myths About Achieving Life Balance

Four Myths About Achieving Life Balance
Some of the first things that often need to be overcome when seeking to engage a higher degree of balance in one's life are the all-too commonly-held myths and misconceptions about Life Balance and how to achieve it. Here are four of the most prevalent ones in our society...

As Within, So Without: How To Be The Change

As Within, So Without: How To Be The Change
Today, millions of previously gracious, loving individuals have been enrolled in madness. They, or perhaps we, now hate the President and rage against a rigged system. Self-righteousness doesn’t alter the frequency of our personal energetic broadcasts, be they loving or hateful. We witness the reflection as escalating “terrorism” of various kinds. As within, so without.

Our Centuries-Long Quest For A Quiet Place

Our Centuries Long Quest For A Quiet Place
The history of this quest for quietness, which I’ve explored by digging through archives, reveals something of a paradox: The more time and money people spend trying to keep unwanted sound out, the more sensitive to it they become.

Creating A New Version of Yourself As Part of Nature, Not Its Governor

Creating A New Version of Yourself As Part of Nature, Not Its Governor
One of the foremost scholars of cultural myths Joseph Campbell (a man with a clear connection to the divine feminine) pointed out that one function of myths is to put one’s way of life in harmony with nature. The myths of our current culture seem to separate us from nature.

What Can We Do to Help the Whales and the Planet?

What Can We Do to Help the Whales and the Planet?
Many people are concerned about the whales… Good-hearted people feel helpless, and ask, “is there anything that we can do?” When I asked the whales for their guidance, they gave us three practical things that we can begin to do immediately that will have positive implications not just for them, but for all of us.

Why Stock Investors On Higher Floors Take More Risks

Why Stock Investors On Higher Floors Take More Risks
Stocks have been on a bumpy ride lately as concerns over a trade war prompt investors to rethink their appetite for risk. But what prompts people to take risks in the first place? A desire for wealth? Fear of failure? Personality? Gender? Age? Education? Race?

How Do We Know What Is Right For Us?

How Do We Know What Is Right For Us?
A question that often arises is "How do we know what is right for us?" How do we find our 'proper' place in life, whether we are talking about employment, living location, vacation spot, etc? It seems that whatever the question, the solution is always the same...

It's All Up To You: Choose the Ideal as Your Guide

It's All Up To You: Choose the Ideal as Your Guide
For most people, deciding what to do in life is a pretty tough decision. Maybe that's why so many of us avoid thinking about it. Besides, when we simply react to life as it presents itself, we can make life itself responsible for what happens to us, rather than taking any responsibility ourselves.

Can We Transform Our Perspective of Negative Conditions?

Can We Transform Our Perspective of Negative Conditions?
A negative condition is anything you perceive as lacking in joyful experience for yourself. Another person may perceive that experience to be joyful and a definitely positive condition. Conditions are relative, for in essence, there is no reality, but simply your perception of it. All is relative.

Finding Your Way Home: The Heart Path as a Hero’s Journey

Finding Your Way Home: The Heart Path as a Hero’s Journey
Following the Heart Path is not complicated. A child can do it. But the resistance from inside your mind and from the world around you creates a lot of static in the signal and can be very difficult to navigate through. These challenges arise at every stage.

Where Is The Holiest Spot on Earth?

Where Is The Holiest Spot on Earth?
It was one of those days when the world was supposed to come to an end. The planets had achieved the crucial alignment, the ancient prophecies were being fulfilled, and psychics confirmed this would be the turning point. Hordes of people were rushing to safety at spiritual power places around the globe...

Being Polite May Not Be A Universal Concept

Being Polite May Not Be A Universal Concept?
A French waiter hit the headlines in March 2018 when he contested his dismissal from a Canadian restaurant for his “aggressive tone and nature”.

The Art of Work: The Practicality and the Spirituality of Work

The Art of Work: The Practicality and the Spirituality of Work
All work can be meaningful, if you approach it with the right attitude (with love and respect for others). Many people think it is 'beneath' them to perform menial tasks. But all work is valuable, and in order to find meaning in your work, you must first find the lesson.

Why You Stink At Fact Checking

Why You Stink At Fact Checking
Research from cognitive psychology shows that people are naturally poor fact-checkers and it is very difficult for us to compare things we read or hear to what we already know about a topic. In what’s been called an era of “fake news,” this reality has important implications for how people consume journalism, social media and other public information.

Outsmarting Your Doubting Voices and Valuing Your Natural Abilities

Outsmarting Youur Doubting Voices and Valuing Your Natural Abilities
Women have long had the self-destructive habit of discounting themselves and their natural abilities. This is a common gremlin, assuming that what comes easily to us is not valuable or unique. It's all part of our training to push others into the limelight and be a support person rather than...

Tattoos Through The Lens Of Consciousness

Tattoos Through The Lens Of Consciousness
Believe it or not, your tattoo, and what it represents, is cap­tured in your consciousness. It is immortally etched into your cel­lular memory and will either enhance or lower your vibration, based on the intention and emotions imbued at its creation.

How To Strengthen Your Inner Nurturer Voice

How To Strengthen Your Inner Nurturer Voice
Most of us can access a supportive voice when we speak to small chil­dren or animals. That’s your Inner Nurturer voice! It may feel difficult to access if you haven’t practiced it very often, but it’s there. If you have trouble accessing your own Inner Nurturer voice, you can...

Creating A Life Of Positive Meaning

Your Life, Your Legacy, Your Choice: Living In Ways You Would Be Pleased To Remember
Granny was satisfied with life. Despite adversity, she did not dwell on or run from the disappointments of life; she courageously faced hardship by grieving, accepting, forgiving, and moving on. She made mistakes. But instead of living with regret, she made the effort to make a better choice the next time she faced a similar situation.

Do You Know What You Want and What You Need?

Do You Know What You Want and What You Need?
A knowledge of basic psychology can be extremely useful in giving us insights into our psyches so that we can learn our true needs. Anne Miller, a friend of mine, was a mother of five children when she started studying psychology on her own. From this she learned that she wanted to become a lawyer, and...

Moving from Your Old Story to the Truth of Your New Story

Moving from Your OId Story to the Truth of Your New Story
When we look at the various stories we tell ourselves about our lives, certain patterns become apparent, and it may be possible to discern in these patterns two (or possibly more) dominant themes. One might represent the “old story” of one’s life, and the other the “new story.” The first is often associated with various wounds one is born into or has grown into as a member of this culture. The second story represents where one is going, and is consistent with the healing of these wounds.

Musings on Beliefs, Opinions, Facts, Knowledge, and Truth

Musings on Beliefs, Opinions, Facts, Knowledge, and Truth
It seems to me that many of the battles within humanity today arise because most of us have no idea how to differentiate what we believe from what is true. We don’t know how to separate our opinions from bare facts. We have not been consistently encouraged to critically think...