Synchronicity
Jul08

Synchronicity

In three wonderfully fascinating short videos Carl Jung, Deepak Chopra and Wayne Dyer speak briefly on the topic of synchronicity. Following these is a round table discussion including several noted people with backgrounds in science, physics, quantum mechanics and quantum theory, Jungian analysis, rocket science, myth metaphor and science, and analytical...

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Grace
Apr08

Grace

“…Grace shows up in the portal of not knowing. When the heart is clenched tight, whether in anger or certitude, in fear or in grief, grace coaxes the fist open, looks into the palm and reads there a lifeline of a larger possibility. Grace is an open hand, extended to the stranger, to the loved one, to the wounded one within. It is the open hand of relationship, of kindness, of blessing.” – Karen Hering Salt of...

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The Authenticity Paradox
Apr01

The Authenticity Paradox

Authenticity is a technical term used in psychology as well as existentialist philosophy and aesthetics. In existentialism, authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures; the conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures and influences which are very different from, and other...

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Man’s Search For Meaning
Mar23

Man’s Search For Meaning

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl – “Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitch while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the experiences of others he...

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Between Darkness and Joy
Mar17

Between Darkness and Joy

“Somewhere between the dark night and joy lies a place of simple peaceful loving kindness. A place where I rest and lean safely against myself for awhile; a place where I can be in the silence and hold a sacred space for myself; a place where I know and embrace the full spectrum of vulnerability without judging myself; a place where courage and compassion are not actions, but simply states of being; where self-forgiveness gives...

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Seeking Greatness In Small Things
Mar16

Seeking Greatness In Small Things

I believe it’s safe to say that most people would love to hit a home run once in awhile, and perhaps some of us fall into the trap of measuring our success based on the whether or not we hit that home run. Stephen Dubner, in his talk Think Small To Solve Big Problems suggests, “There’s a lot of people out there thinking big. Maybe some of them will be successful. Probably not so many honestly. It’s very, very...

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Disappointment
Feb26

Disappointment

“…if hope does not disappoint, then hope appoints….” A few years back a dear friend sat with me as I was suffering the great disappointment of losing my job. He held space for me as I felt the sting of disappointment followed by anger, grief and struggled with a sense of desperation. At one point in the conversation he shared a portion of a bible verse that has stuck with me since: “…because we know...

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“Lord of the Flies”
Jan14

“Lord of the Flies”

A sobering reminder, Lord of the Flies explores the dark side of humanity, the savagery that underlies even the most civilized human beings. William Golding intended this novel as a tragic parody of children’s adventure tales, illustrating humankind’s intrinsic evil nature. He presents the reader with a chronology of events leading a group of young boys from hope to disaster as they attempt to survive their uncivilized,...

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On Friendship
Dec26

On Friendship

Aristotle laid out the philosophical foundation of friendship as the art of holding up a mirror to each other’s souls. Two millennia later, Emerson contemplated its two pillars of truth and tenderness. Another century later, C.S. Lewis wrote: “Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.” In the Celtic tradition,...

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Faith, Hope and Love
Dec18

Faith, Hope and Love

In her article Hope vs Faith or Faith and Hope, Sharon Blake notes that Faith and Hope are defined in the dictionary as follows; Faith is confidence or trust in a person or thing or a belief not based on proof and Hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation or desire. Faith says it is so now, and hope says in the future it could happen. – Nate Phelps, in his TED Talk titled “Faith, Hope and Love”,...

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