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Liberation from You

Liberation. The word is inspiring and filled with history and meaning. Look up the phrase "independence"  on Wikipedia and you'll get a definition about countries, nations and states and self government. Look up the word liberation, and you won't get much. As a definition, three words, actually. Why so much about freedom but so little … [Read more...]

Once Upon a Time, There was You, Making Up Stories…

Do you have a habit of making up stories? We know some people who have a tendency to exaggerate the truth. We think we know what is real. But do we really? Something that happened to me this morning: I was out for my morning walk when a police officer pulled up alongside of me in his car. He asked me my name and for my ID. He said that they … [Read more...]

Stop It! 43 Things To Stop Doing NOW

Stop saying "I hate _." That makes you a hater. Stop acting like you're the only one with problems. Stop complaining to people that can't do anything about it. They don't want to hear. Stop complaining if nothing can be done about it. Just stop complaining, already! Stop wishing that what is, isn't and that what isn't, is. Deal with what … [Read more...]

Happiness and The Hypnosis of the Culture Part II

Here's a parable that I think speaks to the topic of happiness and the hypnosis of the culture. One day a monk stopped by the house of a wealthy man and found the owner busily filling a large steel chest  with gold and silver coins. Puzzled, the monk asked him what he was doing. The man replied, "Sir, you have no cares. The faithful feed you, … [Read more...]

Happiness and the Hypnosis of the Culture, Part I

You might've heard the story of the guy walking down the street and sees another guy looking for something by the side of the road. "Hey" the first guy says,"What are you looking for?" "I'm looking for my keys", says the other guy. "Let me help you! Where did you see them last?" "In my house." "Um, so why you are looking for them out … [Read more...]

Scaring Away the Dark Side of Change

Ever wonder why we wear masks on Halloween? Why we dress up and disguise ourselves as ghosts, witches and monsters? The modern holiday of Halloween has its roots in both the Celtic celebration of Samhain and the Christian holiday of All Saints Day. Samhain ("the end of summer") celebrated the end of the "lighter half" of the year and the … [Read more...]

You, on The Hero’s Journey

  I like Star Wars. "The Empire Strikes Back" is my favorite movie. When I hear the word transformation, I think about Luke Skywalker, and unless you've been living in a cave since 1977, you know that he is the hero of the first three Star Wars movies. Here's a guy that goes from being a whiny, irresponsible young farm boy to becoming the … [Read more...]

What About The Voice in Your Head?

You have the Voice in your head. You probably know this. If you don't, you should. You may be thinking: "What voice? What is he talking about? I don't have a voice. Maybe he has a voice in his head, but I certainly do not have one in mine." Well, that's what I'm talking about. It's OK, we all have the Voice in our head. Maybe more than … [Read more...]

Would You Get an Oscar for Your Mind Movies?

Did you catch The 87th Academy Awards last month? I saw The Birdman recently and really enjoyed it. If you look back at the winners of the Oscar over the past 20 years you'll see that more than half of the winners for Best Motion Picture are about the ability of the human spirit to triumph over adversity and our own human weaknesses. We … [Read more...]

Social Anxiety: How to Feel Comfortable Socially

The first time I went to a business mixer, I was so nervous about meeting other people, that after getting a drink, I went and stood in a corner next to another guy who also seemed to have the same problem. That's where I stayed the whole night. Have you ever walked into a social situation with fear or dread about what you will say or do in … [Read more...]

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