Monthly Archives: September 2008

Letting Yourself Be Seen

Being Witnessed When we allow ourselves to be witnessed by another, we cannot help but be transformed by the experience. Whether we are sharing a personal experience, standing in front of friends to celebrate a special occasion, or expressing our … Continue reading

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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Nothing Is Insurmountable When our next best course of action seems unclear, any dilemmas we face can appear insurmountable. Yet there is nothing we cannot overcome with time, persistence, focused thought, help, and faith. Whatever the situation or problem, there … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments of Success

  Work hard Hard work is the best investment a man can make. Study hard Knowledge enables a man to work more intelligently and effectively. Have initiative Ruts often deepen into graves. Love your work Then you will find pleasure … Continue reading

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Reunions & Football Game

Another enjoyable week. Monday I reunited with a former student with whom I lost contact 20 years ago. His family was wonderful to me during my Muncie days, and Nathan was always one of my favorite former students. In short, … Continue reading

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Elegant Blessings

Living A Life Of Grace Grace exists inside of all of us and around us. It is our inner beauty that radiates outward, touching everyone we meet. It is that unseen hand that comes from the divine, raising us up … Continue reading

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Enjoying a Snail’s Pace

Doing Things Slowly Life can often feel like it’s zipping by in fast forward. We feel obliged to accelerate our own speed along with it, until our productivity turns into frenzied accomplishment. We find ourselves cramming as much activity as … Continue reading

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Accepting and Releasing Emotions

Denying Your Feelings Dealing with powerful emotions can be challenging, especially when we are going through chaotic, sad, or cruel experiences in our lives. Often, it can seem like we have only two options for dealing with our feelings so … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasure

Finding Another Vantage Point The ocean can look very different, depending on whether you are standing at the shore, soaring above in a plane, or swimming beneath its waves. Likewise, a mountain can look very different relative to where you … Continue reading

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Recognizing Our Own Abundance

Planting The Seeds Of Generosity The most difficult time to be generous is when we ourselves are feeling poor. While some of us have experienced actually being in the red financially, there are those of us who would feel broke … Continue reading

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Exploring the Soul

Living a Spiritual Life Throughout the journey from birth to death, many people choose to question life, strive for improvement, seek out knowledge, and search for the divine. Simply put, this is the essence of spirituality. One’s spiritual practice can … Continue reading

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Resisting the Urge to Control

Imposing Your Will On Others The right to make your own choices is a precious one. We grow when we have the freedom to decide our own paths and determine what makes us happy. Yet there are those who are … Continue reading

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Daily Briefs…

People are always asking me to describe what I mean when I mention, “Daily Briefs.” In the Haasienda, the Daily Brief is our communication system for each day. I am generally teaching when Jose arrives home from school, and this … Continue reading

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Results of the wind…

It is so strange to see school closings on television when I can look out into my backyard – there is green grass, sunshine, blooming flowers… but over half of Kettering is still without power. Only three students out of … Continue reading

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Gotcha Day!

Despite the heaviness of knowing many of our dear friends and neighbors, literally several houses away, are without power, I am going to continue celebrating the day. It is a beautiful day here in Kettering, Ohio, and the schools are … Continue reading

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Remembering Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge

100 years after his death, aviator inspires exhibit Charles E. Ramirez / The Detroit News HARRISON TOWNSHIP — He was the first soldier to die in a powered-aircraft crash in world history. And Wednesday marks the 100th anniversary of his … Continue reading

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Hidden Treasures

Finding Another Vantage Point The ocean can look very different, depending on whether you are standing at the shore, soaring above in a plane, or swimming beneath its waves. Likewise, a mountain can look very different relative to where you … Continue reading

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Healthful Slumber

The Importance of Sleep When life gets busy, sleep is often the first activity that we sacrifice. Considered a luxury by many busy people, sleep is actually as vital to sustaining a balanced life as are breathing, eating, and drinking. … Continue reading

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This Weekend & Gone With The Wind…

What a busy, and then exciting weekend…   FRIDAY Jose was with the marching band for the game against Lebanon, and we won. He got home around 11:30pm. I ran some errands and worked on writing for a few hours.   … Continue reading

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Walking With Awareness

Mindful Walking Many of us take the benefits of walking for granted. Each day we limit the steps we take by driving or sitting for long periods of time. But walking even a few blocks a day has unlimited benefits … Continue reading

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Bringing Inspiration Into Form

Putting Our Tools To Use Every craftsperson has a toolbox full of tools and a number of techniques to help them bring inspiration into form. In the same way, throughout our lives, we have discovered our own life tools and … Continue reading

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Intuitive Guidance From Within

Using Yourself As A Pendulum Learning to trust our intuition is something that can connect us with our higher selves. Sometimes it might not seem easy to do this. Our thoughts and minds often get in the way. But by … Continue reading

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Finding Peace Within

A Full Embrace Excluding Nothing Most people agree that a more peaceful world would be an ideal situation for all living creatures. However, we often seem stumped as to how to bring this ideal situation into being. If we are … Continue reading

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Trying To Please Others

Living For Ourselves Most of us come to a point in our lives when we question why we are doing what we are doing, and many of us come to realize that we may be living our lives in an … Continue reading

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Another Week Come and Gone…

What a short, but long week. Recovery from a three day weekend is always a little tough, but this year was a little easier. I set up a new system with my private teaching studio: if there are five Mondays … Continue reading

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