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Everyday Superhero

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I was standing in line at a coffee house today when two police officers stepped up behind me. They were both in tip-top shape, having a conversation about someone’s life that they had just saved. I noticed the utility belts they were wearing and it hit me: wow, these guys are like superheroes—actual superheroes! This […]

Risk or Retreat?

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Last night during a particularly vivid dream, I noticed that in television and movies there are often very specific musical themes that accompany specific characters. The main character in particular often has two key themes or variations that follow him or her through the movie. One is the inspirational, “on the path” theme. The other […]

Loneliness

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How is it that we could be living in a time with so many humans, with extraordinary communication technologies, and yet still occasionally find ourselves feeling lonely deep down inside? What if loneliness doesn’t emanate from the availability of people and things out there, but from a hole in our own hearts? Sometimes when cooped […]

The Arms of Compassion

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Have you ever noticed that it is easier to feel compassion toward a child and his or her mistakes than it is to feel compassion for an adult and his or her mistakes? Why is that? Have you ever found it easier to support someone who is crying than someone who is yelling? Why might […]

The Story of Stories

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Have you ever felt as if the stories you tell about your life somehow miss the true scope of what you have experienced during your days here on Earth? Have you ever felt as if the stories that others tell about you seem a bit more about themselves and their self-judgments than they are about […]

Gifts in Disguise

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I took guardianship of my cousin when he was 14. He was going through a difficult time in life and had been held back to seventh grade for a second year in a row. I had just opened a middle school with a few partners, and knowing how bright and thoughtful my cousin was, I […]

Thank You

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A few days ago I was on a dawn hike, moving at a fair clip while pondering the sequel to The User’s Guide. I passed a fellow hiker, and soon heard her yell, “how dare you!” I turned to see who she was hollering at, and noticed that she was looking back at me, still […]

Our Birthright

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In the natural world, plants and animals are driven to live in peak condition as a matter of everyday adaptation and survival. Human beings are important members of this natural world. By birthright, we too are called to live in peak condition. We are called to cooperate with the various Earth systems and other living […]

Guest Post by Alexis McKenna, Ph.D: Developing our Human Capacities—A Necessity, Not a Luxury

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When you are snared and entangled in the patterns of your fear – feeling so lost, alone or threatened – and in jeopardy– lift to a quiet — more still than silence. It is there beyond seeing and hearing that all your dreams and visions are born.  It is there that all your emptiness can […]

The Power of Play

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Do you ever wonder how it is that children can play a single game over and over again, hour after hour, day after day? Do you ever wonder why their play is so important to them, or what influence it has in shaping the adults that they become? Do you ever consider how your play as a child may have shaped the person you are right now?