Treat Everyone Like a Child (Especially Yourself)

I’ve been pondering a quote lately from my favorite Dostoevsky book, The Brothers Karamazov, which reads, “we ought to treat everyone like little children, and most importantly ourselves.” It got me thinking about the way we are with our children – how loving, patient, lighthearted and encouraging we are when we’re parenting these tiny little …

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The Numbing Speed of Life (What Coming Out of Darkness Has Taught Me)

Spending a week in complete darkness would be an intense experience. That I knew. What I didn’t anticipate was how intense it would be to come out of the darkness. In fact, re-entering normal life was an even wilder adventure than the dark retreat itself, and it profoundly changed the way I view the world.  …

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The Light of Inner Darkness (My Dark Retreat Experience, Part 2)

Darkness has illuminated my inner world. With nothing to see outside of me, I began to see things clear within: fears I didn’t know I grappled with. My complicated relationship with love. Mysterious light visions. While I shared the physical aspects of my dark retreat experience in episode 144, in this episode I focus on …

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The Miracle of You

An important point that I need to keep remembering is that it’s truly a miracle how adaptable we are. The capacity of a human being to heal and transform and overcome obstacles is tremendous. We are always healing, fixing and overcoming. We need to remember that no matter what difficult situations or feelings we’re experiencing, …

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Who is Your Heart-Donkey?

I’ve been spending my mornings lately reading “The Essential Rumi”. I find his writing to be so beautiful, touching, creative and poetic and I’ve really enjoyed starting my days with reading his words. One of the poems in this collection that has had a profound impact on me is “After the Meditation”. I’ve been stuck …

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Do Your Inner Work At Home

Where you do your inner work matters. Spiritual trips like retreats, yoga and meditation are vacations. The real inner work is done in the every day life – in your house, with your family and especially with those people in your life who are the most inconvenient. The ones that get under your skin and …

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