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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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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The Power of Song
Jan22

The Power of Song

Oh, that we hold ourselves to a higher purpose through these trying times. – The song, Finlandia (This Is My Song), was originally written and sung in 1899 as a covert protest against increasing censorship of Finland by the Russian Empire. The lyrics written in 1941 are powerful and speak to the beauty, strength and love of a nation struggling to hold to a higher purpose… Perhaps one of these version will speak to you, as...

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Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success
Dec13

Maya Angelou’s Top 10 Rules For Success

She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She’s best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. She’s Maya Angelou and here in video are her Top 10 Rules for Success, and her famous poem, Still I Rise. 1. Just do...

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The Spirit Carriers
Nov12

The Spirit Carriers

Perhaps this is a time to go within; reflect and remind ourselves of who we are, what our role is in the world and to hold ourselves to a higher purpose. (Two quotes and a video short I thought worth sharing) – “In my view of the world there are people whom I would call ‘Spirit Carriers’.  Servants who nurture the human spirit are Spirit Carriers. They serve to connect those who do the work of the world, or who...

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The Hero’s Journey
Oct24

The Hero’s Journey

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell Who is Joseph Campbell and why should we care? The Hero’s Journey – Metaphor Joseph John Campbell (March 26, 1904 – October 30, 1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast,...

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Choose Boldness Instead of Fear
Aug30

Choose Boldness Instead of Fear

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s...

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You Are An Inspiration
Mar06

You Are An Inspiration

Who inspires you? What is it about them that inspires you? Food for thought: You may not recognize it at the moment, or see it in yourself, but “you” are an inspiration.   Helen Keller – Truly an inspiration; to see Helen Keller, who could not see or hear, communicate and become a truly inspirational human being is remarkable. It Looks Like A Normal Painting. When I Saw The Truth, I Was Blown Away! Paul Smith is...

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Mandala
Mar02

Mandala

Mandalas take on countless sizes, shapes and forms and are a tool for gaining perspective, expanding thought and relaxing the mind. This excerpt from The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell provides an excellent description of how a mandala works. Excerpt from the Power of Myth: CAMPBELL: “Mandala” is the Sanskrit word for “circle,” but a circle that is coordinated or symbolically designed so that it has the meaning of a cosmic order....

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Joy & Gratitude
Mar28

Joy & Gratitude

Debbie from Winter Springs, Florida, knows she needs to be thankful, even in the toughest of times. Watch as spiritual teacher Panache Desai shares why the first step to finding gratitude among challenges is recognizing that life is not punishing you—it’s actually presenting an opportunity Read more: Click here   Vulnerability expert Brene Brown talks about the relationship between joy and gratitude and offers a few tips on...

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