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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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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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Why I’m burning my shame file and starting again in 2016

“Say yes to everything. You never know if it might be a lottery ticket.”–Derek Sivers I’m taking Cheryl Strayed’s advice for 2016–putting myself in the way of beauty. I plan to laugh more, to dance more, to hug more, to give myself more breaks. And I’m officially burning that old shame file (the one where […]

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Miracles 101: Get on the joy frequency

“You know that voice inside of you that says, ‘I can’t do it.’ Don’t let that little f— win.”—Marc Maron Just a quick post today to remind you that miracles are trying like bloody hell to happen in your life. All you have to do is create the frequency that allows them to be freely […]

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Why it’s okay to have a negative thought

“What if right in that moment, it was quite beautiful the way it was?”—Grace Bell Every thought is temporary until you decide to invite it in for martinis and offer to make up the guest bedroom. Left unopposed, a thought, like a lightning bug, will blink right off, flit away, never to be seen again. […]

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Life doesn’t suck, shit doesn’t happen and the glass is 100 percent full

“Ever since happiness heard your name it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” –Hafiz Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a Course in Miracles groupie. Today, in my lesson, I read this beautiful sentiment: “His gifts are sure, eternal, changeless, limitless, forever giving out, extending love and adding to your […]

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