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Compassion is a higher order experience – it is where heaven meets earth and where your private self meets the public. It doesn’t come easy for everyone and for some it is hard won only after going through dark times. We need it now more than ever– for ourselves and for others. What makes it …

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It is clear that life as we know it is unraveling – and it is a good thing. It has been needed on many fronts – politically, socially, racially, ethically, and in public health. As we watch the principles that our country was founded on: liberty, justice, equality among all people, and governance for the …

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Deep listening is a skill desperately needed now as we deal with crisis and public unrest. This became particularly evident when two painful events unfolded around me. I realized I had to move out of my cocoon of familiar thinking and understanding to see the bigger picture of what these events mean. I had to …

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Change is essential to demonstrate that black lives matter – locally, we’ve had 10 days of marches and protests – it’s that important. But in truth inequity is everywhere; I’ve seen it my entire career. In 2017, blacks represented 12% of the U.S. adult population, but 33% of the sentenced prison population* In the mental health …

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Is the unrest and underlying political contrast or contradictions creating distress for you?  The  turmoil in our nation is deeply disturbing, a result of long brewing issues. While I don’t like to talk politics, this is a time to take notice. What can we learn from these events and how can the contrast to what …

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The first time I understood the notion of our pain-body, and how being present was its antidote, was over 20 years ago when I read the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, * I am re-reading it with my supervision group and it is just as powerful as it was then. This book was responsible …

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When I wrote ways to be resilient in tough times 4 years ago, little did I know what we would be facing now. So, I’m re-posting it with relevant changes because it contains some helpful points. We’ve all been hit by the curve ball of the pandemic. What’s allowing you to get through difficulty with …

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 When I was meditating, I received a message about letting old forms dissolve – along with an image of a cylinder dissipating into energy. It was a sobering thought that will take more contemplation, but it made me wonder. Is this in fact what is needed now? Later, while taking a walk, a friend called …

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The image of aging, when I was young, is sure different than the reality. Now, I’m aware that there is so much more to getting older than getting old. Thankfully, there’s a world of new attitudes out there about aging. I had a birthday in the midst of the Covid-19 restrictions. As a May Day …

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With the shutdown changing our lifestyle and a new pup to care for,  I’m noticing we have an opportunity to rediscover the obvious – our true nature. This has become apparent watching the instinct driven explorations of  Bodhi, my 3.5 month old puppy. It’s making me aware that we too have basic traits that define …

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