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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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Vigorously and relentlessly making new possibilities

“Joy is the ultimate act of defiance.”—Bono Three things have kept me going over the past three weeks. Losing the one person, the only person I couldn’t live without has shifted me into a whole new cosmos. My books, my workshops, my whole mission has been to defy consensus reality. But to defy does not […]

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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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It’s never too good to be true

“While you’re caught up in why he didn’t return your call, galaxies all across the cosmic horizon are tumbling into the unknown faster than the speed of light.”—Deepak Chopra We humans are an awful lot like Dobby, the house elf in the Harry Potter books. Thankfully, we don’t have the green tennis ball eyes or […]

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