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Writing is part of my meditative process to clarify my thoughts, to align my actions and to focus on my purpose. I write about my emotions, my shortcomings, and my ideas for a better world through poetry, prose, and what I call rantifestos every day, some of which I post here on my blog and on social media. I share them to help others move along their paths to live and lead with compassion.

A cup is more valuable chipped

We justify in our own minds doing things that are counter to our own health and wellbeing, ironically all in search of some shred of “normalcy” or even self-care. Sometimes it feels like we are self-administering some weird unnecessary chemotherapy we think will cure us. But there are massive side effects that could be iatrogenic, where the cure is far worse than that the disease. Suppressing who you are, hurts.

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Rediscover your core

Like the sedimentary layers of the soil, the dirt of our lives, gets mixed in with the rubble and the gems. The grit and the gravel. The sand and the silt. And our lively footsteps are deadened by the compaction of the layers of our buried ideals, dreams, and destinies. And the path is sealed by the mortar of materialism and the cement of selfishness.

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Potential of a Potted Plant

Took me so long to learn this. Never too late to do what you love. To do it while you “work”. To do it to energize everything else you do. 

Doing what you love now, even in small dosages–is the way to break out of that restrictive pot. Talking about what you love connects your heart to the world. And you begin to plant seeds, nurture a little garden driven by your interests, ideas, and passions.  

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Accept the present—fully and unconditionally

The ability to take on things unconditionally, like acceptance or love is a keyway to work towards a point in life where we are at peace with everything, and everybody around us, including ourselves.
These things will teach us and guide us if we surrender to them. This is one of the greatest secrets to increased well-being.

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The Game of Life

The ego interferes with your full presence. The craving for status needs to be monitored and minimized. This opens your mind, your heart and eyes to a much bigger world that can never be reduced to dollars. Compassion and love become new scripts. Discovering who you are and what you want provides moral clarity and makes the game of life worth living.

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The astonishing fire of your own being

Like a big scavenger hunt. Hiding inside you somewhere is your passion, your purpose, your special powers……. Buried beneath the layers of expectations, below the materialistic impulses, down under the desire to meet and exceed what everyone else wants you to be, are your God-given talents.

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To favor the flower, we must respect the roots

What if we knew what was inside every person, every situation, every thing? I am not just talking about the search or pursuit of the truth, but a view into the forces that caused the manifestation on the surface. A way to deepen our empathy and understanding of what is really going on.

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Koi before the ambiguity

My friend’s fishes are dying. One a day. Eleven so far. These are beautiful Koi that have been with his family for 10 to 15 years. The experts have tested the water, medicines have been dispensed, and even autopsies performed. No cause has been discerned. I know this is a first world problem. But the ambiguity of death, when the grim reaper knocks and why others are spared, is a fascinating mystery.

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What will make you happy

What will make you happy? And when will you be happy?

I ask these questions in my workshops. To some these are easy questions. The answers just pop into their heads. To others these are confounding questions. A confusing kaleidoscope of words and images overwhelm their minds.

The point I try to make is that “happiness”, at least the western notion of happiness, is ephemeral and insufficient. That while this goal may swirl in our little heads it is not the end we want.

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Invincible Summer

In a world that seems to be unpredictable and deteriorating, the sun’s rays, the beats of our hearts, and the breaths we take remind us of the constants. The foundation of life just reaches its peak on schedule and stands still for us to notice. To notice where we stand. To embrace its warmth. To see the light.

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