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Making Responsible Choices

Making Responsible Choices

[Resilience requires choosing to respond this way or that way to whatever is challenging or distressing us.  May these quotes inspire and guide you in choosing to choose and in making responsible choices. Life’s real name is Choices. – Terri Guillemets The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live. – […]

Practice Making Choices – Do One Scary Thing a Day

Practice Making Choices – Do One Scary Thing a Day

As you move further into the new year, clarifying priorities, setting goals, making choices, you may run into the brain’s natural roadblock of “Wait a minute!  I’ve never done this before.  I’m not sure….”  This hesitancy is one way your higher brain makes sure you’re thinking things through clearly and making a wise choice. Whenever […]

Manifesting New Year Intentions

Manifesting New Year Intentions

Even as we clarify intentions and priorities for a coming year, we need to be able to take wise action to manifest those intentions.  And sometimes we have to choose which priorities we will focus on first. The Wheel of Life is a coaching tool to help you do just that.  I learned it 10 […]

Planting Seeds of Intentions

Planting Seeds of Intentions

[The theme of January 2018 posts is Intention – Choice – Responsibility.  May these quotes reinforce the value of choosing your intentions for the coming year.] Happiness is not something ready-made.  It comes from your own actions. – HH the Dalai Lama The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions [and […]

A Fun Way to “Map” New Year Intentions

A Fun Way to

Last week’s post A Wise Way to Set New Year Intentions suggested you can cultivate the inner traits you aspire to live by, especially traits that will help you become more resilient in the coming year, by acknowledging the inner strengths you already have – cheerfulness, kindness, perseverance, spontaneity, etc.  Intentionally claiming these strengths or traits […]

Tis the season to cultivate generosity in your children…

Tis the season to cultivate generosity in your children…

This post is adapted from Raising Resilience by Chris Willard, one of a dozen free offerings in the Holiday Companion from Sounds True.  May it deepen the spirit of the winter holidays for you and yours. Nearly every spiritual tradition has a practice of generosity and giving.  Neuroscience agrees with the spiritual wisdom that tells […]

Re-Building Hope, Re-Building Lives

My two most recent posts, Where’s the Safety Net? and How to Face the Mess We’re In without Going Crazy have generated the most responses from readers ever. Including this quote sent in by reader Richard Abbot (thank you!): Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful […]

The Moment We Cease to Hold Each Other…

I’ve posted inspiring quotes from Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of conscience many times in these weekly quotes. Right now there are many excellent films coming out about the struggles against racism and discrimination, and the poverty and violence they can lead to: Fences, Denzel Washington’s adaptation of August Wilson’s brilliant play about […]

What Exactly Is Creativity?

(The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley posted  Ten Habits of Highly Creative People.  It’s fabulous: succinct, clear, accurate, very reassuring and very platforming of resilience and well-being.  Take it to heart. And enjoy exploring your own creativity.) * * * * * * * * * * What exactly is creativity? So many […]

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