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The sky’s the beginning

“I am frightened and I am fearless. I am weak and I am a warrior. I am uncertain and I am confident. And by learning to embrace the paradox in all of it, I am more myself.”—Alicia Keys So I read an incredibly inspiring book this weekend. And, no, it wasn’t published by Hay House […]

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Choosing a more nourishing narrative

“What time but now can truth be recognized?”—A Course in Miracles With all the uncertainty right now, it’s tempting to fill in the blanks with despair. When we don’t really know what’s going to happen—with the pandemic, with the economy, with the daily unrest—it’s easy to fast forward to fear. Lately, I’ve been doing just […]

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My vision board for the planet

“If we don’t use this time for change, we will have missed an insane opportunity.”–Noah Elias This may come as a surprise to some of my readers, but I’ve never been big on vision boards. Mainly because the stuff most people paste on them—fancy cars, oversized houses, etc.–don’t interest me all that much. The things […]

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What are you programmed to believe about your body?

“Don’t let your mind bully your body.” – June Tomaso Wood Being the observant person that I am, I can’t help but notice that the current rendition of my body looks nothing like the bodies on the covers of magazines. For one thing, it’s many decades older. It has a lot more wrinkles and spots. […]

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You can now officially call me crazy

“I have to deconstruct my whole belief system.”—Taylor Swift When an author debuts a new book, interview requests begin pouring in. I’ve done six in the last week alone. Inevitably the question comes up. So what’s next? A new book? A speaking tour? My only guidance thus far probably sounds a bit weird. It’s a […]

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Always open, always there

“I found the material world was getting in the way.”—B.J. Novak So I got an email the other day with a question about my new book. This reader wasn’t sure whether to do the daily lessons or just read about them. I nearly choked on my JP Licks hot chocolate. I was in Cambridge, Mass […]

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You gotta get high

“Self-martyrdom is bad role modeling.”–Mushim Patricia Ikeda In Thank and Grow Rich, I mentioned B.J. Novak, the writer/comedian/former beau of Mindy Kaling who claims his #1 tip for fostering creativity is “be in a good mood.” He calls it “powering up,” says he wouldn’t dream of starting his day, launching his writing until he’s feeling […]

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Why the news is irrelevant

“We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press.”—Rolf Dobelli What I see in the news media is a tiny speck of a reality far removed from true Reality. It’s so limited in dimension and scope of understanding that paying close attention is like unknowingly having one of those “please kick me” signs […]

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Just in: My monkey mind officially announces its theme song

“When you get stuck fighting small battles, it makes you small.”—Hank Green You’ve probably heard it: Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back.” The all-time favorite line of my monkey mind (the Course calls it my ego) is “I like big but’s and I cannot lie.” Monkey mind doesn’t just LIKE big but’s. It throws them out […]

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You can never say “I love you” too often

“In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert Every time I took off on a flight, I texted Tasman to tell her I loved her. You know, just […]

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