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Entries tagged with “Personal Growth”

3 Steps to Make Life Count

Consider the story of Joanne: Although older than most of her peers at nursing school, Joanne looked like any other nursing student. Her personal journey, however, had been more di…

5 Essential Life Skills, Part 1: Remember Who You Are

This is part one of a series featuring the Five Essential Life Skills.Through the course of over 20 years of personal and spiritual growth study and my own personal work, I have id…

5 Ways To Fabulous Decision-Making

As you journey through consciousness, you give up the fear-based need to control every aspect and go with the flow

6 Meditations For Personal Transformation

Here are six meditations for personal transformation.

7 Steps to Happiness

If at first you flunk this test, smile!

7 Things You Can Do To Offload Baggage—Now!

Excerpted from Note to Self: A Seven Step Path to Gratitude and Growth

A Simple Practice to Feel More Love In Your Life

Dear Eve,I’ve been in a few relationships, but I’m not sure if true love was ever part of the equation. I’m single now, and I’m feeling really isolated and alone. I just hate feeli…

A Time to Plant

Life Lessons in Work, Prayer and DirtBy Kyle T. Kramer“With deep, sustained attention to the world, it is impossible not to feel awed by it, grateful for its many gifts, moved by t…

Avoiding Spiritual Bypass Syndrome

When I first started “coming out” as a spiritual guy, so to speak, I was living in sunny San Diego, California. The West Coast seemed to be the birthplace of so much personal growt…

Be Yourself: Leave People-Pleasing to the Bee Gees

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways in which my work as an artist and my work as a yoga teacher are really just exactly the same.I do think of teaching yoga as a form of…

Book Review: Pathways to Possibility

Pathways to PossibilityTransforming Our Relationship with Ourselves, Each Other, and the WorldBy Rosamund Stone ZanderVikingRosamund Stone Zander is a family systems therapist know…

Buddhism and the Twelve Steps

For some addicts, hitting bottom and having a spiritual awakening are the first steps along the path of recovery. That's why Alcoholics Anonymous, the oldest and largest of the twe…

Calling It Quits

A Film by Anthony TarsitanoCity Squirrel Films, Inc.Dante Milestone, a successful but worldweary businessman, finally “calls it quits” on his frenetic, mind-numbing life in an effo…

Composting for Your Life

It’s Spring 2012, and we just had a super full moon: The moon was closer to the earth than it’s been all year. Here in Vancouver, it’s just starting to get warm, though the cherry …

Empathy: Medicine for a Wounded World

Here are eight ways to shift your thoughts to develop deeper empathy and help raise the vibration of our world.

Finding Your Soul

When my first grandchild was born, I saw something in her that I had missed in my own children some 25 years earlier, when I was too young and self-absorbed to see anyone, includin…

Flourish

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-BeingBy Martin E. P. SeligmanThese days, we are hungry for a new definition of the “good life.” Fractured relationship…

Got Compassion?

Let’s skip the judgment and step into love.Sometimes when I speak to people of the importance of compassion, I see a look in their eyes that I interpret as, Why? All day long we he…

Gratitude as a Life Line

Aloha and Happy New Year! I pulled the following commentary from a blog-post-related dialog and expanded on the answer as the content seemed so relevant that I wanted to move it to…

History Lesson: Moving Past What Might Have Been

Still kicking yourself for that ill-advised email? Do you lie awake regretting your long-ago decision to give up your dream of being an artist? It might be time to let those second…

How Oprah Could Keep the Weight Off

Discussing how a successful strategy works, when change doesn't come easily.

How Self-Loathing Makes Us Look (Mistakenly) Like the World's Best Partners

I've been called the perfect partner, the source of all happiness, a dream-come-true.And while such stratospheric grandiosities are nice to hear, they're hard to believe.Hey, I hav…

How to Identify Your Final Cause and Become the Hero of Your Own Great Myth

A traveler meets three bricklayers and asks each what he’s doing. The first mutters, “Working for a buck.” The second states, “Making a wall.” The third proclaims, “Building a scho…

How to Tone a Flabby Heart

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people are so full of doubts. ~Bertrand RussellWe live in a world that is…

Jonathan Livingston Seagull Author Richard Bach's New Book

Over forty years ago, Richard Bach introduced us to Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a precocious young bird determined to rise above what was expected of him. Those who loved Bach’s s…

Lessons from Peak Experiences

About 10 years ago I paddled my white-water kayak onto a wave at “Steamer Lane” in Santa Cruz, California, on a day when the size of the of the waves at the famed surf spot made th…

Lessons Learned from the World Not Ending in 2012

Here we are, it’s finally happened! The end (and restarting) of the Mayan calendar, 11:11 a.m. December 21, 2012. Ironically, there was a while there when I thought frantically abo…

Mastering Creative Anxiety

24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians and Actors from America's Foremost Creativity CoachBy Eric Maisel“Anxiety is part of the human condition,” says Eric Maisel. And it’s “t…

Nine Practices for Conscious Aging

As I live into my own process of aging, my worldview has been informed by the depth and insight of many great teachers. These include masters from different wisdom traditions, heal…

On the Virtues of A Coffee Mug

I spent last week away from home, work, studio, email, and Facebook in the city of my youth, Montreal. I remember it well, but only this past week did I really notice something str…

Ordinary Superpowers

I have a mantra. I say it to myself daily, in many situations, and it helps me immensely in my life. It’s this: Why am I doing this? I don’t even think the answer to that…

Our Evolving Selves: Visioning a Spring Growth Spurt

Like most people, I rejoice in the coming of spring. Despite my firm intention to appreciate nature’s pageantry all year round, the short, dark days of winter tend to leave me cold…

Pitch, Pace, and Pause

As some of you already know, I am a spoken word poet, which means, generally speaking, that I talk about my feelings in front of half-drunk audiences on Monday nights at a neighbor…

Practicing the Art of Trying with a 28-Year Comeback at the Olympic Trials

The time is 6:39 p.m. at the Olympic Rowing Center at Lake Mercer, New Jersey. The first race of the National Selection Regatta for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team will start in …

Self Compassion: How to Value Yourself

The secret to empowered action is learning not to beat yourself upStrive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such messages.…

Spring Cleaning for Home and Heart

We are all familiar with the concept of “spring cleaning” as a time for going through our physical belongings and removing the clothes that no longer fit, letting go of things we n…

Teach me, Teacher(s)!

Classically, the yoga practice (physical asana yoga as well as the meditation and other practices) were passed down from a master to a student. Here in the West, yoga has come to m…

The Art of Falling Down

The rains have returned to my home on the Big Island of Hawaii, and with them, a memory. About a year ago, I had an experience that exposed my darker self. Granted, I was still com…

The Grass Is Greener Where You Water It

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”  —Theodore Roosevelt Here’s a funny story: a new age thinker died and went to heaven. Upon entering the pearly gates…

The Guru is You

What is a guru, and does this concept have anything to do with your yoga practice?The idea of a guru is a fairly common concept in India, the birthplace of yoga. In the 1960’s, The…

The Joy of Quitting

When is it time to just give up? If you're on the wrong path, the sooner the better, says writer Cash Peters.

The Magic of Beginner's Mind

"In the beginner's mind there are so many possibilities; in the expert's mind, there are few." - Shunryu Suzuki Roshi          &nb…

The Pattern of Fulfillment

As a classic intuitive person, I spend my life discovering patterns. As a social psychologist, professor, and priest, I tend to look at groups of people. Over the years I have disc…

The Second Essential Life Skill: Self-Observe

This is part two of a series featuring the Five Essential Life Skills. My last post featured the first of the skills, Remembering Who You Really Are.The second essential life skill…

The Slow Burn of Personal Growth

Oh, fire, what would we do without you?On farms, crops do better after a fire has licked at the earth and burned off the top layer of old growth in the fields. In the forest, pinec…

Unpacking Some Spiritual Cliché’s: Be Here Now

In my last post, we explored what the cliché of what “Who You Really Are” actually means, and once defined, opened the question of how to access our most authentic selves. This que…

Why a Little Guilt Can Be Good For You

Guilt is a horrible feeling. When we are little kids, before our moral compass kicks in, we have absolutely no sense of guilt or shame. We know we are not supposed to punch other k…

Why We Must Express What is Inside

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Why You Should Resolve Not To Make Any New Year's Resolutions

The end of December: a season of long, dark nights, cold weather, and a bunch of holidays that try to make us feel better but often end up making us actually feel worse. Then New Y…

Write These 3 Letters to Heal Your Heart

Often considered a forgotten art, the act of letter writing can be transformative and healing—even without sending it.

Yoga and the Journey to Sobriety

I grew up in a household of teetotalers. The only alcohol anyone in my family drank was at the altar during communion—until the church switched to grape juice. Despite my par…

You Are the Alchemist

When we think about the specifics of what we would like to manifest in our lives, our visions should feel absolutely yummy: I mean an “ooh-that-feels-so-wonderful” kind of feeling.…

Your Struggles Don't Define You

 For better or worse, challenge is an ingrained part of growth and awakening. All of us have struggles at some point or another. But some who face challenges are happy; some a…

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