The Secret Word By Which All May Be Accomplished

This is the god Khidr, who was believed by the Sufis to be a righteous servant and messenger of God who possessed great wisdom. A well-known old Sufi story concerns the time that Khidr came to earth with the intention of teaching mankind the word by which all could be accomplished. As he was on his way into town (Sufis call…

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The Infinite Power of Your Imagination

Human beings hold nature’s crowning achievement between our ears – the human brain. And to go along with it, the human imagination, the secret to all human creativity and production. 

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Depression, Is it more than the Holiday Blues?

As we are all aware, the winter months and holiday activities are a time of happiness for many people, while others seem to experience an increase of sadness and distress. Anniversaries can sneak up on us and change our mood at any time during the year, but especially during the midwinter holidays.

Developing an Attitude of Gratitude [Article]

Gratitude is an emotion and an attitude towards life that has been shown to be important in healing the body and mind and is central to positive relationships and happiness itself. Although this has been recognized for centuries by many religions, it has been shown scientifically to produce these benefits only in the past few years.

You Are What You Think – Thoughts as Vitamins of Deep Healing and Happiness

“You Are What You Eat.” We are all aware of that. But are you just as aware that it is also true that “you are what you think”?
It is true that the physical aspects of your body are intrinsically related to the food you eat, since the atoms that your body incorporates from the food you eat is who you are physically. But in truth, you are much more than just your body.

Violence In America: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly [Article]

Violence In America’s Media The 9/11 terrorist attack, the Newtown Massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing – we, as Americans are fascinated with violence and frightened by it. We clustered in front of our TVs to watch the Twin Towers collapse again and again; violence in American media is omnipresent, especially gun violence. The rule in most newsrooms is “If It…

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Love – The Urge to Merge

At the physical level, light; At the mental level, consciousness At the emotional level, love; At the level of spirit, God;  “Although ‘love’ is an excruciatingly overused and abused word, there is a common factor involved whenever it is used. In every case, the active principle has something to do with togetherness, attraction, unity and unification – a joining together…

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Springing Back to Total Wellness

How delightful the gently lengthening days and the laughing faces of the daffodils. How beautiful the tulips at Ananda and in the front yard of the lady around the corner. Can the poppies be far behind? Take a walk around town and smell the Spring – these precious moments come but once a year. Don’t put it off; today is…

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Spring Tulips 2012 at Ananda

Spring Forth and Score on Your New Year’s Resolutions – Changing Habits, Addictions, & Behaviors

Habit: the best of servants and the worst of masters. Spring is a time of returning energy, lifting of spirits. It is the perfect time to reflect the positive renewal energy budding forth and rejuvenate yourself.  Lose those extra pounds, cut out unnecessary drinking and smoking and develop more rewarding behaviors like deepening your relationships with your spouse, family, and…

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The Occupy Wall Street Movement and The Immortal Corporation Machine

In response to those who have asked for my opinion about the Occupy Wall Street movement that turned into the Occupy Everything movement: I believe that there is a gradual movement towards people truly seeing the nature of the energies we are allowing to shape the conditions under which we live. I tried to state the situation clearly in Chapter…

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Help! I’m Stuck in a Tsunami Blonde Joke

Oh, No, Not Again! March and April found us back again, sitting shocked, amazed, spellbound, and powerless in front of our TV screens – watching as hundreds of thousands flee their homes and the steaming nuclear reactors.b Dumbfounded we stared, as crews carried out the Hail Mary procedure of squirting sea water on the nuclear core to try to slow…

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Healing Through Gardening

One excellent way to “Think Globally, Act Locally” is through the remarkable benefits to you and your community of a few hours a week gardening. I will get to the gardening, but first, with your permission, a little story. A few days ago, returning from San Miguel de Allende, I paused at one of the magazine stands in the airport….

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Conversation Skills and Tips – How to Navigate Difficult Conversations

While your attention is focused on the new year (reflecting on and reaffirming positive experiences of 2010, remembering to write ’11 on your checks so they don’t bounce, etc.), right now is the best time to express your willingness to come together with others, to heal wounded relationships, and perhaps to have some of those challenging conversations you have avoided…

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New Paradigm Leadership – The Power of Conversation

“Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organization may make in renewal is to begin talking with other people as though the answers mattered.”  – From Who Will Tell the People? by William Greider Consider for a moment, the importance of conversation. Virtually every action we…

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Stages of American National Grief

Stages of American National Grief The progression of stages of national grief is: Denial <> – “The country is fine.”; “Signs of decline are overblown by unpatriotic people.” Denial is usually only a temporary defense but while it is operative it is filled with rhetoric like, “Let’s take our country back to the way it was” which is largely a…

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A Gift of Love for Valentine’s Day

At the physical level, light; At the mental level, consciousness At the emotional level, love; At the spiritual level God.   What is love? Hard to say. Plato believed that Love is the pursuit of the whole. In Our Culture on the Couch, I stated: “Although ‘love’ is an excruciatingly overused and abused word, there is a common factor involved…

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