Discover: Mind and Infinite Possibilities

You Do Not Have to Be Good

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Dear One,

“You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

—Mary Oliver, The Wild Geese

Who among us hasn’t worried about being good enough? Guilty of being ourselves? Shameful for having our own minds, hearts, and ideas about what’s true?

I’ve spent a…

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Resuscitate the Fire in Your Belly

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We all need to revive the fire in our bellies from time to time. I love the way inspiring words and acts of others drop into my life to do just that.

Let this one wash over you:

“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a…

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“Despair is Hubris”

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Not my words. These are the words of Stephen Cobert, host of The Late Show and creator of the iconic Stephen Cobert Show.

He was asked the question, “what do you do to stay hopeful?”

His reply was:

 

       Despair is just hubris.

       Because you think you know what’s going to happen.

       As Gandalf says, “Not even the wise know all ends.”

 

I haven’t been able to get these words out of…

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Get Your Mind Out of the Way of Your Healing

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Healing gets tricky.

Because our minds are tricky. You know, how they serve both survival and wisdom?

How they see just enough of a situation to instantaneously conjure the worst-case-scenario? Or lure us into seeing just what we want and expect to see?

While, at other times, amazing us with mind-blowing assessments of the deeper truth of things.

All in one mind!

And that’s what makes healing…

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The Paradox of Hope and Honesty

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Do you ever think about how it’s possible to dare to hope and believe in a better future AND stay honest about your feelings as they are right now (which may be a soup of misery!)?

It’s a paradox!

On the one hand, we want to hold onto faith that our possibilities are endless, and our potential infinite. We want to drive that faith with the kinetic energy of hope. To make things better.

But we…

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Art: a Story of Transcendence

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I try hard to not look at email or social media posts, or chase those tantalizing notifications that pop up on my phone while I’m working.

Today, however, one snagged me.

I couldn’t help myself. I saw a hint of what was to come: world-class figure skaters—performing to “The Sound of Silence.” “Haunting,” it said. Yes!

And hooked.

Okay, just one teeny tiny second. Then right back to work!

My…

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Focus: My Five Favorite Tools for Diving Deep

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Focus Then

Focus has been a lifelong challenge for me. I frankly don’t remember studying in elementary or high school. How’d I get away with that?

I remember being antsy and impatient with reading and problem solving. What was that “x” they were talking about in algebra?!

Partly I didn’t have the tools to organize myself and get down to business (I’d never learned how). But I also had a special…

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Learning to Practice “Slow”

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Dear One,

Oh my God, I’m so impatient! Can you relate?

I’m not gunna lie, I want it now. I want to see the results. Now. I want to feel the transformation. Now.

I want to get there fast. And I want the world to keep up with my brain and my intentions.

About ten years ago I received two speeding tickets in rapid succession within a mile from my home. Within a mile!

One was on my way to work. My…

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Jealous: The Heart’s Quest for Belonging

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Jealous–we ALL know the sting of it and have been smacked down by the shame of it, but it’s really a normal part of being humans who thrive on connection. In this article I demystify jealousy, look at it’s purposeful role in our lives (yep, you heard me right), and remove the burden of shame and indignity that always seems to go with it.

Jealous: We All Know it Well

Two recent conversations…

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My Wayward Bag Smackdown: A Tale of Freedom

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A Story of How I Found Freedom From My Upended Plans

“If you want to make God laugh, tell her your plans.” -ubiquitous quote (with humbling accuracy)

Travel Anxiety

I morph into someone unrecognizable–a muddled mess of worry and anxiety–when packing for travel. My hard won calm and cool utterly abandons me, my body taken over by a strange frantic girl, who shoves me out of the way to oversee…

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