Appreciation and Compassion

From my perspective, as a fellow philosopher I admire expressed it, “Appreciation is contemplative.”  And from these moments of consideration may arise a renewed sense of compassion. A special moment came to me when for the first time I realized that life experiences come to teach us something, to inspire

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The Power of Silence

Silence is a resource that has been used from time immemorial to enter into the depth of our being.  World religions have acknowledged its value through their various spiritual perspectives and practices as an integral part of the ideal service of spiritual worship.  In Christianity exists the silence of contemplative

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Exploring Life’s Purpose

Michel Montaigne expressed that the great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.  We are the artists of our life and shape our experiences with our own brush.  When we find our unique mission, we know it with certainty from within.  We attain that

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Collaborating in Resolving Conflicts

During  a radio program, the interviewer asked me, “How can we confront conflict collaboratively?” It is significantly useful to be ready and open, LISTENING to the points of view of others,  and making a continuing effort to understand their ideas and motives.  To support the possibility of understanding the other’s

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Reflections on Empathy

The word “empathy” came to me through diverse situations and sparked my enthusiasm to share a few thoughts on the topic in the context of a “Life Lived Forward.” Empathy is a broad concept that refers to the cognitive and emotional reactions of an individual to the observed, wide range

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A Time for Creative Action, a Time to Wait

Discerning when it is time for action or to postpone action becomes an art.  Our inner wisdom is our best teacher!  There is a time for creative action out of imagination and a time for creative meditation as we deepen our connectedness with all that is through our intuition.  There

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Contemplating Inner Peace

Through the course of life a yearning to discover the meaning of peace may spring to mind.  I began this quest when I was 9 years old and discovered a beautiful poem that inspired me to embrace this ideal as part of my vision. Here’s a traditional tale of a

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Gratitude

“Gratitude remains when the reason for its borning drifts away in the fading twilight of conscious memory. It sustains hope, deepens compassion and broadens understanding.” —Diana Roche Yesterday I had the opportunity to  facilitate a session where participants considered  in the privacy of their personal reflections some of their most

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The Wonders of Meditation

Life evolves in fascinating ways and every once in a while we may ponder how to best bring balance to our busy lives, especially when there are extensive demands on our time – and when it all seems meaningful and fun to do! In my experience, meditation (or a time

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A Time for Opportunities Anew

In the midst of the extraordinary circumstances and uncertainty we are facing in today’s world I would like to share some potential resources that may facilitate moving forward during this remarkable experience from a source of strength. Extraordinary, intense situations open wonder-filled opportunities for renewal. Potential Sources of Strength in

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