Does the Thought of Being Caught Reading a Self-Help Book Embarrass You?
Sometimes self-help is better than no help at all. Saturating yourself with good information and wisdom sources is Strategy of the Spirit # 9
Have You Ever Wondered Why Common Sense is Called Common?
I once overheard an emergency room physician say, “When they invent the common sense vaccine we’ll all be out of business.” ... Read more
Who to trust in disconcerting times?
It seems that the three questions included in my previous post "Are You a Naive Truster?" apply just as well to the political arena as to our personal lives. I'll include them again here:
The 3 important questions to ask when wondering if you should trust someone in any given situation: Read more
Personal transformation happens to all of us across our lifetime.
The question is, “what direction is your personal transformation leading toward?” Are you evolving or devolving? No one, I repeat, no one, gets to maintain the status quo forever. Sooner or later life invites us to make a different response. Will we respond with positive growth or will we resist and stagnate?
Getting Unstuck... Read more
Do You Have an Internal Locus of Control?
Are you an innie or an outie? Do you believe that your choices and actions play a large role in helping to create your life experience? Or, do you feel that your life experience is mostly due to external forces? Do you passively wait for things to get better? Or do you actively engage in healthy experiments to improve your mood or situation? As part of this blog's Old Sayings / Modern Wisdom series, the old Polish saying found below will give you a metaphor to integrate this important principle… Read more
When Things Fall Apart Are You Surprised?
Embracing uncertainty is one of life’s big challenges. To expect the unexpected is a sign of flexible maturity. Often we try to organize our lives to avoid surprises. Because our brains are wired to always anticipate threat first, we forget that the unexpected can bring us some of life's most wonderful experiences as well. Read more
Good Questions to Ask Yourself Regularly
If you want to live a life well lived you need to reflect on your life at regular intervals. Why? Because...
“If you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?” — Anonymous
““The unexamined life is not worth living.”” — Socrates
You Can't Live With Integrity if You Don't Know .... Read more
Pope Francis's Happier Happiness
I led a study group on Taking Happiness Seriously some years ago. There are more books, podcasts and blogs now on Happiness than ever before. What has become clear is that Happiness is not simply an elusive emotion that some lucky people have and others do not. Happiness is a life orientation that can be chosen. It can be cultivated by ... Read more
Invocation prayer and sacred poetry are not just for “true believers."
Memorizing poetry and reciting it is a practice that falls under Strategy of the Spirit # 9: Saturate Thyself. Modern neuroscience and age-old wisdom traditions tell us that what we hold in mind has a very real, powerful effect on our mood, bodies and neurochemistry.
What Have You Been Invoking Lately?
How do you ... Read more
It's Poetry Month Again
...so I asked my friend and poet Tracey Lazore how to write a poem. Why bother? The benefits of simply reading poetry are surprising! Poet Tracey Lazore explains that she often plays a poetry game to overcome creative procrastination and to invite spontaneous inspiration. Here is one game she plays: Read more
There Are Many Personality Type Tests...
but there are only three I routinely use in my practice. People generally love taking personality assessments and then talking about what type they are with their friends and family. Interestingly, the personality type test that can really transform our lives and relationships is one that first makes us cringe. Why?... Read more
If You or the People You Love Eat Food
Old sayings say a lot. The old saying "You can't unring a bell" came to my mind after I watched the powerful TedTalk you will find below. Why? Because after watching it I simply cannot "un-know" the alarming science and political facts behind the increasing toxicity of our food supply. "You can't unring a bell" means that... Read more
Chicken Wisdom re: Frugal Living
The Old Sayings/Modern Wisdom chicken quotes below speak for themselves. Many of us have had to learn the hard way that the credit card mentality can quickly put us into a form of financial slavery. When did the principles of frugal living go out of style? The idea of living within your means? Pointing fingers and laying blame elsewhere is disempowering. True, our government is a very poor model... Read more
Did You Miss Any of These?
The top ten favorites list from last year was chosen by Pinterest fans. I have been so pleasantly surprised by how useful I find Pinterest! It is a great way to collect and store information and inspiration in one place so you can easily find it again. I also wrote a post some time ago Pinterest As a Psycho-Spiritual Practice ... Read more
Winter Solstice Celebrations & Light Rituals
In just a couple of days we will reach the winter solstice…the darkest time of the year. It always seems extra-dark in the snow belt here in Utica, New York. It seems like a good time to ponder the Old Sayings / Modern Wisdom below. All Wisdom traditions and cultures have created rituals that celebrate bringing light into the darkness at this time of year. Read more