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Be who you are, where you are.

“Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.” - Pema Chödrön How much of the time is our attention focused on somewhere we'd…

Choosing one thought over another

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.” - William James In our busy lives we often forget that the real source of our stress is not the things on our to do list. It is how we think about…

Everything makes a difference

“Let everything you do be done as if it makes a difference. It does.” William James We will never truly know how much impact our thoughts and actions have on ourselves and others. Even the most subtle interactions with others leave an imprint…

Expectations ...

"Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today." - Seneca Expectations, as we all know, play a huge role in our lives. We have all experienced disappointment and even despair as a result of expectations.…

Attachment or Love?

"We confuse attachment with love. Attachment is concerned with my needs, my happiness, while love is an unselfish attitude, concerned with the needs and happiness of others." -  Kathleen McDonald When we love someone, we want the best for…

Become the person you decide to be

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson Today’s quote reminds us of something we may be aware of, that we actually become the person we choose to be. Of course this does not…

An Interview with John on Valley Voices, KDNK Public Radio

On March 24th,  I had the pleasure to join Amy Hadden Marsh on her show, Valley Voices, to discuss mindfulness. Valley Voices is one of KDNK's longest running public affairs shows. Tune in the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at…

The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer ...

“The more you try to avoid suffering, the more you suffer, because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you, in proportion to your fear of being hurt. The one who does most to avoid suffering is, in the end, the one who…

The Power of an Open Heart

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness…

What do you see?

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau When you look at a stranger, what do you see? Do you see the clothes they’re wearing, noting the style or how expensive they are? Do you see their age?…