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Until further notice, celebrate everything

“Most of our assumptions have outlived their usefulness.” ― Marshall McLuhan The Course in Miracles is all about challenging assumptions. We don’t see life as it really is because the stories we tell ourselves block the world’s unlimited largesse. Instead of keeping track of all the beautiful gifts we’ve been given, we keep track of how […]

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Judgments deter miracles

“The mind continuously creates hypotheses.”—Marilynne Robinson A couple days ago, at a wonderful vegan pizza restaurant in Ajijic, Mexico, I saw a sign that said, “Listen to your heart, not your habits.” That could just as well be ACIM Lesson 342. Our brains are on autopilot. They’re wired to look for threats. To automatically mobilize […]

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Exalting the beautiful

“It is joy by which the labor that will make the life that I want, possible.”–Ross Gay Unlike my gorgeous daughter who was fluent in Spanish, my language skills are malo, a word that basically means “they suck.” But I have managed to master one phrase: “No gracias!” I use it many, many times a […]

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Running with the stars

“I’m writing a book. I have the page numbers done. Now, I just need to fill in the rest.” –Stephen Wright Happy Friday, my friends. Before this day gets away, I want to send a quick update. I’m in Ajijic, Mexico, hanging out with James Twyman and his wonderful Namaste community.  You might remember I […]

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An invitation to a whole new story

“It’s time for something that was beautiful to turn into something else that is beautiful.”—Elizabeth Gilbert When Taz died last October, I wondered if, like spouses often do, I’d be gone within the year. But here it is, an entire 12 months later, and I’m still here on Planet Earth, breathing and creating yet another […]

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The most important thing

“We all have the opportunity, the privilege, the responsibility to give our best to life.”—Lynne Twist A Course in Miracles makes no bones. If you truly want to partake in the spiritual transformation it promises, you have to first master your mind. To underestimate the mind’s immense power is a huge mistake. How we think […]

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What if there is no bad guy?

“One sees things from only one angle, a partial view, which is bound to be distorted; and yet one accepts this view as the full truth.”– S.N. Goenka A Course in Miracles turns every certainty on its head. It promises peace of mind. It says that’s my natural state. It says “good” and “evil” are […]

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Fierce love, will travel

“In order to keep us going, it is enough to be grateful for the next breath, because it’s not to be taken for granted that I can take another breath.”–David Steindl-Rast Some 25 years ago, I was invited to a small gathering with a psychic who had flown into Connecticut from California. I went along, […]

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Pinching myself over my extreme good fortune

“Let me be clear. I do feel like a contest winner.”— W. Kamau Bell In a profound and heartbreaking scene on last night’s Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain tells W. Kamau Bell, as they gaze over the Kenyan landscape, that he has to f***ing pinch himself because he can’t believe he gets to do and see […]

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Today I counteract the operative inside my mind with forgiveness

“Why should James Bond have all the action, fun, money, and resort hotel living.” ― Paul Kyriazi “Hm,’ said Bond. ‘That’s bogeyman stuff.”—Ian Fleming My ego (that whiny voice that likes to inform me that so and so “done me wrong,” that this circumstance is a huge problem) is a double agent. It pretends to […]

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