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We And Ours

"There is no inner peace found in taking care of me and mine. It is present in attending to the needs of we and ours." - John Bruna On this New Year's Day, I send all of you my our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude. You are all making…

Don't fear mistakes

"It seems that the necessary thing to do is not to fear mistakes, to plunge in, to do the best that one can, hoping to learn enough from blunders to correct them eventually." - Abraham Maslow One of the most common obstacles preventing us…

Moving beyond fear

"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again." Abraham Maslow It is extremely difficult to grow while in our comfort zone. As we know, the…

Start with 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…

A better world begins with a better self

“It is true that we are called to create a better world. But we are first of all called to a more immediate and exalted task: that of creating our own lives.” - Thomas Merton We've all spent time in deep and meaningful discussions about…

Five tools for living mindfully

“Our habitual patterns are, of course, well established, seductive, and comforting. Just wishing for them to be ventilated isn’t enough. Mindfulness and awareness are key. Do we see the stories that we’re telling ourselves and question…

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…

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…

The smallest of tasks can make all the difference

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” -  Helen Keller What makes one action any more important than another? If we are building a house, is the…