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Why I believe in being unconstitutionally happy

“People and circumstances don’t make me happy. I can get there all by myself.”—Carla from my gratitude posse   When texting her three blessings a couple days ago, Carla wrote that she was grateful for “unconstitutional happiness.” She quickly amended it, explained that autocorrect changed what was supposed to be “unconditional happiness” to “unconstitutional happiness.” […]

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Is it a fact or just a long-held cultural belief?

“Withdraw your faith in distortions and invest in only what is true.”—A Course in Miracles Web MD and other “authorities” will tell you that you need eight hours of sleep, that there’s a disease called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that inflicts havoc every winter and that gaining weight is inevitable if you don’t rigorously watch […]

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3 more tales from the quantum sandbox

“Only when we are at our most playful can divinity finally get serious with us.”—Elizabeth Gilbert I’ve been absent from the blog because I’ve been in Arizona, soaking up the sun and playing pickleball. But I’m back and I’ve got a couple quick stories to share. One of the reasons I was in Arizona is […]

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Get your boom box on the right frequency and miracles will come crashing in

“The universe that constantly spins out new galaxies wants to shine through you, to speak through you, to expand through you.”—A tweet I tweeted out this morning  Elizabeth Gilbert tells a funny story in her book, Big Magic. She was working as a cook on a ranch in Wyoming. She was drinking beer one night […]

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Why I’m the luckiest person on the planet, Episode 18

“An absolute flood of gratitude rushes like a river over my life, reconfiguring my landscapes, overflowing my shallow places, nourishing a great thirst within me and carrying me to new destinations far downstream where the vistas go on forever.”–Ellen Vaughn Wow! Wow! Wow! It would be irresponsible of me to write even one more blog […]

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Just because credentialed experts say it’s true, doesn’t mean it is

“You have to decamp from normal reality.”—Eric Weinstein I am happy to report that, while it took me awhile, I finally replaced the word “thong” with “flip-flop.” When I was growing up, rubber beach shoes like havainas were called “thongs.” Sometime in the 1990’s, the word thong took on a different connotation. My daughter cringed […]

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Empirical evidence is in the eyes of the beholder

“Just because something is rampant in your civilization doesn’t mean it has to express itself in your life.”–Abraham-Hicks Despite what it says in the newspaper, despite what your mother told you, despite what society insists is rock solid truth, it’s important to remember Shakespeare’s adage, “Nothing is either good nor bad. Only thinking makes it […]

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Even Shonda Rhimes uses the Wonder Woman pose

“Instead of wallowing in the problem, I figure out what its yes would be.”—Shonda Rhimes I just finished Shonda Rhimes’ inspiring book, My Year of Saying Yes. It’s a memoir that takes up after she’d already won countless Emmys and Writers Guild and Directors Guild awards for creating Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and all the other […]

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Anatomy of a guilt trip

“The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude towards the problem.”—Captain Jack Sparrow My dysfunction of choice has always been guilt. Maybe you’ve been on the same hamster wheel? The one where you obsessively worry about all the things you could have, should have, why didn’t I? do better. I wrongly believed […]

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For best results, wait ‘til you’re snorting

“Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing. My soul probably looks like Fred Astaire.”– Jarod Kintz It’s Monday, first day of a new week and I’m betting you’re launching some new goal, some new fitness regime, some new wannabe manifestation. Whatever it is, you should know that it’s already happening. You’re already thinner, happier, […]

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