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Wriggle out of the straitjacket of negativity

“Absolutely everything is available to us—sorrow and joy, grievance and forgiveness, horror and transcendence—it’s all on the menu. It’s up to us where we put our attention.”–Josh Radnor My daughter, Taz, and I once took surfing lessons in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Our instructor, a Venezuelan named Jesus, was very clear. “When you get on […]

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Are you willing to allow the possibility of an unrecognizable new world?

“I signed up for the Olympics of internal freedom and happiness.”—Grace Bell Will Smith once said that all successful people have the delusional quality of believing something different can happen. Most of us, instead, get stuck in expectation loops. We continue looking for and expecting the same things as yesterday. But here’s the thing. Today […]

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Why you should always invite the universe to pull rabbits out of hats

“There’s no reason to have a Plan B because it distracts from Plan A.”–Will Smith I just returned from the 7500-island country of the Philippines. I spoke to the Pampanga Medical Society, gave a couple playshops and had an amazingly awesome time. Some of you may have seen a few of the pictures on Facebook. […]

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The choice is clear. Pick Door #Purple Light

“Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It’s kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light.”—Bill Murray  It has come to my attention that there are people out there who discount the importance of gratitude. They think it’s beneath them, too Pollyanish. They think it’s important right now […]

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Why life’s speed bumps are not destinations for pitching tents

“We are all gardeners, planting seeds of intention and watering them with attention in every moment of every day.”― Cristen Rodgers Unless you’re a perfect driver (and although I know many people who think they are, I know no one who actually is), you’ve probably encountered a speed bump*, undoubtedly going faster than the posted […]

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Iran, writing a TV series and walking around the world with a teddy bear: the perks of being a writer

“The only book that will change your life is the one you write yourself.”–A quote from my new book (it debuts later this year)  On my list of top three things I love about being a writer is that I get emails from readers. These joyful notes that show up unexpectedly in my inbox come […]

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Why I always sign up for happiness and joy

“Future historians might conclude that our age suffered from a pathological need to repetitively seek out reasons for how bad life is.”—Rob Brezsny  NPR’s Ira Flatow produces “Science Friday.” I’m offering “Science Monday” with three scientific reasons to choose happiness this week. 1. Your brain, still running ancient “Eat lunch. Don’t be lunch” programming is […]

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Quit thinking. Start thanking.

“Love, peace, joy, and harmony are the best vitamins in the universe.”–Philip Arnold Yesterday on Instagram, I added the #hashtags for the Thank & Grow Rich scavenger hunt. If you’re new to the party, I should probably explain that Thank & Grow Rich is the title of my new book. In it, I offer what […]

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So you want to travel? Here’s how

“The power of gathering inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” –Alice Waters My vision for this blog is to celebrate what’s possible. To remind myself (and anyone who cares to read along) of all that’s going right in the world. I think it’s important to […]

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Changing the dominant paradigm one thought at a time

“Accepting the idea there were going to be no problems was a greater adjustment than one might think.” –Glenda Green I’d like to interrupt this blog with an important non-commercial announcement. You are already a master at creating reality. You can’t not be. By virtue of being alive, this power is yours. Like all things […]

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