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Entries tagged with “Personal Growth”

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…

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…

Inspiration at 100: Lessons From Sarah, Ruby, and Sadie

Never too old: Inspiration from centenarians Sarah, Ruby, and Sadie—“I did not have to accept limitations.”

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 Coach By Eric Maisel “Anxiety is part of the human condition,” says Eric Maisel. And it’…

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 up Strive for more, work even harder, aim to be the best! We live in a society that regularly sends us such message…

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…

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