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The Art of Actualization (The Stone Series, Part IX)

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“Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” — ANTHONY ROBINS, author and motivational speaker (1960-Present) Have you ever had a great idea, yet found it difficult to birth it into the world? Do you […]

Riding the Tides of Life (The Stone Series, Part VII)

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As a boy, I spent hours on end during the summer days body surfing and boogie boarding along the Southern California coast. No two waves were ever the same. What might I make of each one that came my way? What kind of style could I bring to the natural power that made itself temporarily […]

Presence Of Mind (The Stone Series, Part V)

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I was tromping about through Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree National Monument when I stumbled upon this ancient stone one who seemed to be gazing out at the vast expanse before us both. I heard the words of Confucius in my head. “No matter where you go, there you are.” I was reminded of the […]

In the Eyes of Intimacy

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Intimacy. It is arguably the greatest of human experiences. To be seen deeply and nakedly, and to dare see deeply and nakedly into that person on the other side of a shared gaze—is there any act more courageous or fulfilling? Lover to lover, parent to child, friend to friend, it is in seeing one another […]

The Art of Sculpting Your Life (The Stone Series, Part IV)

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Michelangelo once said, “every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” Each and every one of us is a sculptor of the most important kind. We chisel away at our lives with every action. The question is, to what extent are we conscious […]

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 […]

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 […]

December

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Here’s to the darkest month of the year on this northern hemisphere of Earth. Here’s to the cold that drives us inside together on winter nights. Here’s to the dull sun that mildly lights our days so that we can keep our eyes wide open without sunglasses as we prepare for a new year. Here’s […]