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How to Ritualize the Passing of the Year and Usher in a New Beginning

8-Steps to an Empowered Future

We all have a finite amount of energy to create the lives we want. To manifest a bold, empowered future we need access to that energy. Sometimes, despite our effort, we find ourselves blocked. We know we want more—to contribute more, to love more, to be more available—but no matter how hard we try we…

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What is Suffering?

The first noble truth of Buddhism is: There is suffering. It should be understood. I remember the first time I learned about this teaching. I was at a bookstore in the Dallas area sometime around 1991. I was with my parents and my son, who was still in a baby stroller. Near the cash registers,…

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Integrity is Essential to Personal Growth

To have integrity means to be an integrated whole, with all of your words and actions reflecting who you believe yourself to be. It is showing up as the person you know you are, even when it’s hard, even when you do not feel like it. And, it is essential to personal growth. Notice something…

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Stop Apologizing!

Forgiveness is an internal process. What does that mean? It means it requires nothing from another person. We can fully forgive ourselves and others in the absence of interaction if we so choose. For many, apology is an important part of the restorative process. We want an apology when someone hurts us. That is a…

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Fundamentals of Forgiveness: Creating Joy with Non-Judgment

We have all heard the tried-and-true cliché, “Would you rather be right or happy?” It turns out there is great wisdom in this infuriating little platitude. Being right, or more accurately, being attached to it, is a judgment and it can take many forms. Sometimes, the subtlest judgments are what hold us back from joy…

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Yielding to Change

Have you ever decided to make a change in your life only to find letting go more difficult than you expected? Maybe you need to end an unhealthy relationship or break a bad habit. Maybe you need to learn a new skill that doesn’t excite you. Or, you need to stop being mean to your…

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You Are Not Your Story

We all have a story. Our story, or stories, emerge from the meaning we make about our experiences in life. Making meaning and the stories are part of what makes us human. And, like all universal human experiences, the stories we have about our lives serve an important purpose. How we relate to those stories…

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Meditation and Healing: Exploring the Relationship

The growth in the popularity of mindfulness practices has skyrocketed in recent years. According to IBISWorld, in 2016, it was a one-billion-dollar business. Being a meditator these days is a little like being one of the cool kids in school. You’re either in or you’re out. All the hoopla might have those who don’t plop…

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What Self-love Is Not and Why It Matters

Self-love is not an abstraction. It is a perceptible feeling, like the love one might have for a child or friend and an orientation toward compassionate regard for the self. It is an experience of and stand for the parts of ourselves we value and the parts we wish were different—love of the whole self….

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The Power of Language

If your mind is anything like mine, it’s a bit histrionic. Rather than telling me I am sad or lonely, the voice in my head says, you’re broken beyond repair, and everyone hates you. A woman in a workshop I led some time ago said she had been “cut off from the herd,” referencing the…

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