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Compassionate Connection Deepens Resilience

Greetings! [a re-posting of the April 2008 e-newsletter.  Thank you for your patience!] The morning I sent out last month’s e-newsletter, Shifting Perspectives Leads to Resilience, a close friend’s sister-in-law was having surgery for breast cancer, another friend was in the ER for a flare up of back pain, and a client’s house burned down. […]

Weekly Quotes 2012

Nature - The Earth

1-2-12 Weekly Quotes: Prayer for a New Year Prayer for a New Year May you awaken to new beginnings With an openness of heart And a quickening of soul. May you step wholeheartedly into this new year, To appreciate its abundant sweetness and To embrace in faith its certain sadness. May you re-awaken hopes and […]

The Synergy of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy – Part Two

The October 2011 e-newsletter, The Synergy of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, looked at seven convergences (and three cautions) contributing to that synergy as the discipline of mindfulness – for training the mind to steady its capacities for attention, awareness, and insight – is now being welcomed into Western psychotherapies for its effectiveness in cultivating self-reflection and […]

Crossing the Threshold

Whenever we’re about to venture into something new – moving across country, getting married again, taking on a new job, finally fixing the leaky shower head – we often feel a hesitancy, a pull-back within. An unconscious somatic marker of “Uh oh! Strange territory! Don’t know if I should be doing this!” even though, consciously, […]

Accommodating Zebras

I began this month’s e-newsletter originally this way: Swiss biologist Jean Piaget developed his theories of cognitive development almost 100 years ago, profoundly influencing our understanding of learning and brain adaptation ever since. His most famous example illustrating assimilation (new facts fit theories or mental categories we have already constructed) vs. accommodation (our established schemas […]

Weekly Quotes 2011

Optimism and Possibilities

1-3-11 Weekly Quotes: John O’Donohue [A tribute to the beloved Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue (January 1, 1956 – January 3, 2008).  His poetry and reflections on New Beginnings from To Bless the Space Betagotween Us:] To live a truly creative life, we always need to cast a critical look at where we presently are, attempting […]

Ripples Make Waves

Resilience and conscious, compassionate connection are two consistent themes of this e-newsletter. Compassionate connection was this month’s theme of James Baraz’s Awakening Joy course. The deeply passionate and resilient speakers were Joanna Macy and Julia Butterfly-Hill , both speaking to the dire and global destruction of our planet and the courage to act that comes […]

Be The Change You Seek

BE THE CHANGE YOU SEEK – AND RIPPLE OUT My first public event of this new year was a symposium on Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream. How to bring developed nations out of the trance of runaway consumption and exploitation of the earth’s resources; how to help people commit to “bringing forth an environmentally […]

Weekly Quotes 2010

The Arts

1-11-10 Weekly Quotes: For A New Beginning For a New Beginning In out-of-the-way places of the heart, Where your thoughts never think to wander, This beginning has been quietly forming, Waiting until you were ready to emerge. For a long time it has watched your desire, Feeling the emptiness growing inside you, Noticing how you […]

Healthy Aging

Bill Moyers interviewed Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot on his PBS Journal recently about her latest book: The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk, and Adventure in the 25 Years After 50. I’m in the third chapter myself, the years between 50 and 75. There are 76 million of us in America in that boomer cohort, perhaps including […]

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