Learning to Keep Our Heart Open Through Compassion and Forgiveness

Forgiveness: Learning to Keep Our Heart OpenI know some remarkable people, even some who are considered great human beings, but I have never known anyone whose heart is open all the time. Even the Dalai Lama speaks of anger arising and of saying things that, much to his chagrin, can never be taken back. Forgiveness of oneself and others is...

Releasing and Preventing The Cellular Imprint of Trauma

Releasing and Preventing The Cellular Imprint of TraumaPrior to becoming a therapist, I believed as the majority of people still do, that trauma and subsequent PTSD are experienced by only a small portion of the population and limited primarily to combat soldiers and first responders such as firefighters, police and EMT’s; as well as residents of war-torn countries and victims of catastrophic events.

The Age of We Need Each Other

The Age of We Need Each OtherThe work I do isn’t “my” work. These are ideas whose time has come and they need capable scribes. Our true wages in life consist of the satisfaction we get from a job well done. Aside from that, well, the rain falls on the just and unjust alike.

Let's Talk About Fear: Illuminating the Shadow

Let's Talk About Fear: Illuminating the ShadowFear drives our impulses to forcibly control others, and to try and make the whole world behave as we want. Fear stimulates our mistrust of one another. It fosters close-mindedness, terror, judgment, bullying, frustration, and the awful destruction of human-on-human violence. Fear explains why...

How To Work and Deal With Difficult People

How To Work and Deal With Difficult PeopleWe touch the real heart of compassion when we can engage with someone who is suffering from carrying so much aggression, so much negativity, so much emotion that they can’t help but cause trouble and drive people away. If you can approach such a person and give them some support...

Why There Are Costs To Moral Outrage

Why There Are Costs To Moral OutrageMany Americans are morally outraged that U.S. President Donald Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, who had been investigating possible links between Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government.

Is Marijuana A Gateway To Compassion?

Why Is Marijuana A Gateway To Compassion?You've probably heard about those addiction studies with caged lab rats, in which the rats compulsively press the heroin dispensing lever again and again, even to the point of choosing it over food and starving themselves to death. These studies seemed to imply some pretty disheartening things about human nature.

How to Let Go of Fear and Transform It Into Peace

How to Let Go of Fear and Transform It Into PeaceWe can deal with blatant discrimination through legal channels and receive some corrective action, but these kinds of compensation cannot heal hearts. Our goal is deeper healing. We want nothing less than total release from the pain and fear that racist conditioning breeds.

Twenty Years From Now . . .?

Twenty Years From Now . . .?In my younger years, I focused on unimportant issues, punctuated by worry and anxiety. My perfectionist attitude and fear of making mistakes forced me to assure everything was in order, often making unimportant events a priority, for I was concerned about how my life looked to others. I am not proud of my focus, but it is the truth.

Why Are Our Stories Worst-Case Scenarios?

Why Are Our Stories Worst-Case Scenarios?When we believe whatever our story­-telling brain fabricates, we are pushing our own buttons! As we listen to this sort of mind chatter, our survival alarm quickly esca­lates to higher levels of activation. Then our upset reactions seem completely justified!

4 Signs You Have High Emotional Intelligence

4 Signs You Have High Emotional IntelligenceEmotional intelligence can mean the difference between behaving in a socially acceptable way and being considered to be way out of line. While most people will have heard of emotional intelligence, not many people really know how to spot it – in themselves or in others. The Conversation

What Is It Like To Be You?

What Is It Like To Be You?I have been asking myself deep questions about the next stages of my work and my life: how do I teach? How do I live? What, now, is my highest calling, my deepest contribution toward creating a peaceful, kind, compassionate, thriving world that supports and respects all life, human and non-human?

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