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May 12, 2022

Finding Personal Peace

There was a time in our ancestry that our fight/flight mechanism was on the lookout for such things as a saber tooth tiger. In our modern world saber tooth tigers are extinct, and our fight/flight function is more commonly anxiety and depression. That is not to say that there is no longer a need for fight and flight, but rather that, for most of us, real life-threatening stimuli are extremely rare. As such, rather than fight or flight, today’s stressors tend to lead to anxiety (preparedness to fight) or depression ... Read More

April 29, 2022

The Healing Power of Humor

Years ago, I read Norman Cousins’ book, Anatomy of an Illness. Cousins tells the story of how he healed himself of cancer through laughter. The publisher describes it this way, “Anatomy of an Illness was the first book by a patient that spoke to our current interest in taking charge of our own health. It started the revolution in patients working with their doctors and using humor to boost their bodies’ capacity for healing. The patient’s talent was in mobilizing his body’s own natural resources, proving what an effective healing ... Read More

November 4, 2021

Loving Unselfishly

There is a lot of talk about unconditional love. Allegedly it is the gateway to a higher understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Proponents argue that loving someone unconditionally means that we never withdraw our love. Now that can be exceedingly difficult, and in some situations, totally inappropriate. Take for example the abused spouse or child. For them, unconditional love may literally be the worst thing they could do. Now, before someone jumps on me about that statement, let me unpack what I mean. Unconditional Love Unconditional love ... Read More

August 19, 2021

Visualize, Crystalize, Energize

There has been a lot of conversation about manifesting for the past century or more. Books like Samuel Smiles’ Self-Help, Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking, and of course most recently, The Secret, are well known among self-help publishers. Best sellers all of them, these books were not the first in the self-help genre but probably the first to demonstrate the importance of this niche in publishing. Self-Help Publishing Whether for riches or relationships, the self-help genre has grown ... Read More

August 13, 2021

Meaning

Why is it that we so easily dismiss, ignore, or forget the many miraculous/unexplained things that happen to all of us in life? Are you one of us who has experienced an unexplained happening and just moved on, setting it aside as inconsequential? Or are you one of us who insists they have never experienced an unexplained event—at least until you really reflect on your life? Unexplained Events A couple of years back I wrote a book, published by Hay House, all about unexplained events and what they might mean. ... Read More