Extending Your Senses

There is an exercise I like to use with my students to help them understand physically what I mean by the limitations our culture has taught us.  It helps them become aware that they can do much more than they ever thought possible.  I call it “Extending Your Senses” and it’s completely safe to try…

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Express yourself

I love October for so many reasons, but Halloween is definitely at the top of the list. I love decorating for it, I love the creativity of it, I love sharing ideas about food, decorations, costumes with people, and scary is delicious when it’s just for fun.  I decorate my front yard with headstones to…

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Facets and Definitions

I always find it interesting when someone tells me, “I’ve never seen that side of you before”.  Or they say “My life is just such a bunch of contradictions”.  Our minds what to analyze and organize what it perceives into a system that makes sense so it can manage the chaos of all the input…

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Triggers

A trigger is something that just makes you absolutely crazy every time it appears or occurs.  It’s not due to something happening in the moment, but something that has happened before and that hasn’t been resolved.  Like an absolute gag reflex to even a mention of peppermint schnapps because you got drunk and threw up…

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Don’t drive angry

“Don’t drive angry” is a phrase I keep on stand by not for use with road rage, because at this point it’s not something that can be avoided, it’s just something to be dealt with, like taxes.  What I mean by that is stop and calm down for a minute.  It’s good to be in…

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How do others affect your life?

Do you recognize how much others affect your life?  That a chance encounter can set things spinning that affects you in the future?  We like to think about this when we are thinking about romance and good luck and the lottery.  That’s when the butterfly flapping its wings in China which causes the flowers to…

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Do something completely different

Having done it often in my life I tend to forget how many people don’t.  Which is I guess a way to keep my life full of surprises.  What do yo mean you haven’t gone on sabbatical/taken a pilgrimage/done a retreat/hiked in the wilderness/lived in silence for a week/volunteered for more than one day/traveled to…

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Your body has other plans

Life is happening, you have hopes for what you will be doing these next few days, people need your presence, but your body has other plans.    There are things you would enjoy doing, things you would love to do, things that you need to do, but your body has other plans.  And you win the…

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Marshmallow Dead People

I once had a very startling dream.  I was walking through a building, past people of all types, and as I came out of a hallway into a large room I saw that the people around me were what I ended up calling the marshmallow dead people.  They were nothing like Zombies.  They were living…

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