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The Authentic Life

What is the Authentic Life? What IS the authentic life? Or, put slightly differently, “What is the one thing that everyone wants, few people seem to find, and fewer still know where to look to find it? I think it’s “happiness.” Or, what Aristotle called “the good life,” what researchers today might describe as “human […]

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The Secret to Happiness…

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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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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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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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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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No Parking THERE!…

This is so true, isn’t it? Nepo nails me when he writes of himself: “I waste so many hours not just in trying to get published, but in hunting for the right publisher, one that will make me feel worthy in the eyes of others. None of that effort, even when successful, has ever brought […]

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God…and this Moment…

I finished running around our neighborhood yesterday and, as I slowed to a brisk walk the final few hundred yards, I suddenly became present. That is to say, I became aware that I had just finished running nearly one hour in length and did so completely unaware of my surroundings. I was present and yet […]

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If You Want to Be Happy…

“If you want to be happy,” said Leo Tolstoy, “BE.” I used to hear people say this and I would think, “Be what?” I know now, that’s the wrong question. Why? Because it implies there is something you must DO in order to BE. There is nothing, however, you could ever do in order to […]

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Knocking on Doors…

For much of my adult life, I’ve hidden my inner self from others…my questions, my doubts, my fears, my terror over being judged or worse rejected. In these last few years, however, I’m learning to be more honest, more transparent, more completely and fully myself. I’m finding a kinship with everything as I do…a heart […]

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