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Usually I am on the giving end of things. Last weekend I attended three different workshops to receive information. It was a big switch for me. I am usually the one conducting workshops, giving gifts, hosting parties. That’s my comfort zone. It was a stretch to put myself on the receiving end. While in that …

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It has been a powerful week. Two art events opened here in Lexington with profoundly expressive works that tell a story about identity and conflict. In the way that art imitates life, they provide a moving commentary on complex social issues that are not always openly expressed. And then there was the GOP debate, turned …

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Remember when you wanted something and you didn’t stop until you had it? You went straight for it didn’t you? The new car, house, job – you made it look easy because you were so clear about your intention to have it. So why don’t we make our other best intentions so easy? I watched …

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I had tree guys come and clear out a tangle of trees and dead wood. Being a serious tree lover, it seemed all wrong to take out so many. But now, it is wonderful to see a clear sky and the morning light streaming in from the east. With this new light, there is suddenly …

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I am fascinated by this subject. I think the patterns of our behavior tell a lot about our life lessons. Many patterns start out as wonderful expressions of our gifts that make important contributions to society. When they’re overused, they can develop into repetitive behaviors that are unhealthy. Has the pattern become a way of …

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I was about to meditate when I noticed three birds circling my back yard. They were swirling in circles while also moving forward, one being in front until another did a loop and surged forward. All three of them took turns being in the lead. It was a graceful, un-choreographed midair dance. I realized watching …

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This last week we celebrated the birthdays of my husband, son and step son. Birthdays are always a good time to reflect on the where you’ve been and where you are going. While the three of them are in different stages of life, from launching to refining a legacy, the intent is the same: to …

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The new year has had auspicious beginnings. Extremes are being played out all around us. The unprecedented number of deaths of famous people have given us reviews of their extraordinary lives. David Bowie, being the one who has my attention.  The presidential debates have pitted fear mongering, aimed at the lowest common denominator, on one …

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It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for years. I finally made it happen last week. I went on a silent retreat for three days. I wanted to have the experience of total silence: no family or friends, agenda, structure, electronics, or distractions, just full immersion into a space we seldom encounter. With many options, the Abbey …

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