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Difficult People: How to Deal with Them

Difficult People At one time or another, we have all had dealings with difficult people. Do you remember the last time you did? Do you recall the last time someone intentionally spoke words to malign your character, question your motives, or to just upset you? It would seem that some go out of their way […]

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What Is It Everyone Wants More than Anything?

What is it everyone wants… Happiness…few people find……and, fewer still know where to look?

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Inner Peace…Happiness

Inner Peace … Happiness

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Two Ways to Transform Your Thoughts

“The goal of the spiritual path,” writes Matthieu Ricard in his bestseller, Happiness, “is to transform ourselves,” and we do that, he says, by “transforming our minds.” Transformation of the mind? What the Buddhist monk has suggested is not unlike what Saint Paul suggested in his letter to the Romans. “Be transformed by the renewing of your […]

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The Single Greatest Spiritual Truth

What Is the Single Greatest Spiritual Truth You Have Ever Learned? I got asked that question today and, after thinking for a moment, I suppose I would have to answer like this: “As soon as you are disposed to being alone with God you are…no matter where you are: in the city, in the monastery, […]

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Near Death Experiences…Heaven? Hell?

NDE – Near Death Experiences. Heaven. Hell. Questions about whether there is actually life beyond the grave invite such debate.  Immense emotion, too. Express doubt about whether there is a heaven and you’d better be prepared for the barrage of negativity that will come your way. Raise question about whether there is a hell and […]

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There and Here…

Why am I so seldom satisfied with where I am? Why does over there always appear more enchanting than right here? Why is it that I look forward to vacation…make plans…detailed plans…imagine the fun, the relaxation I’m going to have…the stuff I’m going to do or not do and the consequential rejuvenation I’m going to […]

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The Return of the Twinkie…

I was asked this morning by one of my Facebook friends from Australia, “Steve, what’s a Twinkie?” At first, I thought he was joking. Who does not know, and miss, the Hostess Twinkie? He wasn’t joking. He really wanted to know, as he had only ever heard of them but had never eaten or enjoyed one. […]

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Happiness…

Jean-Jacques Rousseau said, “Every man wants to be happy but in order to be so he needs first to understand what happiness is.” Understand “what” happiness is? Don’t we all know “what” it is?  Maybe not. Ask people what happiness is and you’ll get as many different definitions as there are flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice […]

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How to Control Your Mind and Thoughts…

Maybe you don’t have any trouble with your thoughts, but I do. Thoughts pop into my mind without my permission faster than a mosquito bites my skin on a sweltering summer afternoon. And, equally without my permission. Descartes, father of modern philosophy, pointed to both the distinguishing characteristic of human beings and to the biggest […]

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Going Within…Changing Your World

Nepo says that when he was young he talked fast and loud. Sometimes, I still do. What he did not realize until much later in life is that “I kept talking faster and louder to the world around me because I couldn’t hear the world within me.” A profound sutra. When I read those words, I […]

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What Is the Breath of Life?

In the Song of Creation, otherwise known as the Book of Genesis, the writer says of the first two mythical representatives of the human race, “And God breathed into their nostrils the breath of life and humans became living souls” (Gen. 2:7) What is the “breath of life?” Is it not the life energy, the essence […]

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“Be Perfect!” What? Are You Kidding Me?

To a Taoist (pronounced “dow-oist” or something like that) “there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. Accepting this, we can do everything and go anywhere.” What does this mean? Nepo explains it this way: “To the Taoist the world in all its mystery and difficulty cannot be improved upon, only experienced…that life in […]

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The Mind’s Greatest Disease: “For” and “Against”

I came across this saying and I’ve been thinking about it this afternoon. It was spoken by Sent-ts’an, Buddhist, around c. 700 C.E. “If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease.” Political leaders are always seeking, are […]

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Living Life Backwards…Pathway to Happiness

It’s the one thing everyone wants. Few people seem to find it. Fewer still know where to look. For, happiness, that is. I wasted more years than I wish to admit… …wanting to be happy, …not certain, when I was happy, whether I was really happy, …and, even more uncertain where to find it. Which […]

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