Well Being

The Healing Power of Ceremony

Experience the power of ceremony. We usually think of ceremonies as a way to honor the traditional list of major life events: marriage, birth, baptism, communion, graduation, retirement, and death. But there are a lot of special times in between. I recently turned sixty, it felt like a really big…
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Crossing Boundaries

Remember the expression, “No good deed goes unpunished?” To me, this is a fascinating and, on the face of it, completely illogical statement. Why would the noble intention of a good deed end up so badly when you “just wanted to help”? The answer lies in the murky world of…
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Finding Your True Self

In an ideal world, all children would have parents who helped them develop their true selves in order to grow into self-confident, independent adults. But many times the parents’ own emotional immaturity gets in the way of that mission. Parents who were not allowed to develop their own individuality don’t…
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Taking Little Risks

For the New Year, how about we overcome the little fear spots that hold us back from rewarding moments of connection with others? We can do this by understanding the source of the little fears that constrain us with other people. We can do this by taking little risks of…
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Home for the Holidays

Family is the raw stone out of which we were sculpted. Michelangelo said the secret of sculpting his masterpiece, David, was simply to remove everything that wasn’t David. The beauty of David was inside the stone all along, but had to be brought out by the strikes of Michelangelo’s chisel. …
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The Loss of Normalcy

Hurricane preparedness tells us what to do when life is in peril, but what’s our plan for handling the loss of normalcy? The recent storm was all about the unexpected. After assurances that Hurricane Matthew would probably miss us, we experienced flooding, trees down, days without electrical power, and soggy…
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Fair Trade Relationships

It is often assumed that good relationships require hard work. It is amazing to me what a grim and joyless impression many people have of committed relationships. They make it sound like the goal of a relationship should be to try your patience, not increase your happiness. But the point…
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