Spiritual Growth

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The Dark Power . . . ARF! . . . of Cheap Tricks

October 11, 2021

I recall an event, a long time ago, when I was feeling a bit blue. At the suggestion of a friend, I made what is sometimes referred to as a gratitude list. He promised me that this had helped him and that it was his regular practice. At his direction, I itemized all of the positive…

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#022 Can You Quit Your Bad Habits by Willpower?

May 26, 2021

Schwarzhoff · Can You Quit Your Bad Habits by Willpower? Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Soundcloud Download This Episode May 26, 2021 Here’s why you haven’t been able to use willpower to break a bad habit. Plus, Dan and Dan Jr. discuss “serial entrepreneurs” and returning to a childlike state of existence.

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Connecting Nighttime Sleep and Meditation

May 21, 2021

I am not going to apologize for the tone of this piece. I mean every word in all earnestness and intensity. If you practice the Non-Contemplative Meditation I teach and do not include the exercise right before going to sleep at night, then you are making a mistake. It doesn’t work if you do not…

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We Have All Failed

April 26, 2021

Every one of us has failed. We have all fallen. Each of us has experienced the struggle with impatience toward an imperfect world we did not create. And so we’ve felt nervousness and anxiety—we’ve gotten annoyed and then intolerant toward others who have “trespassed against us.” And in that moment of upset we become overwhelmed…

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Decision Making for Cool Cats

March 24, 2021

When I was a little boy a teacher once complained to my mother that I was “too nonchalant.” My mother was indifferent about that, but my attitude drove this teacher buggy. This one would try whatever she could to upset me. But no matter how hard she tried, she just could not get under my…

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Christians Can Meditate After All

February 8, 2021

Many of the seekers that I speak with are Christian because they see Christ as the way to discover and connect with God. Not content with having a Supreme Being to worship, they also feel the visceral need to connect with their Creator in a personal way. Jesus did after all say that no one…

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Are You Being Hypnotized?

February 1, 2021

No one would want to admit this of themselves, but the average person is too easily influenced by others and can be made to do what they don’t want to do. The more willful they are, the easier they are to control.  This isn’t some unique state suffered by only a few weak-minded people. Everyone who is…

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Inner Peace in Turbulent Times

January 11, 2021

Preface – Please Remain CalmThere are two main elements to what you are about to discover in the following chapters. At first, some of it could seem a little scary. But it is all vital and true. Please keep an opened mind and no matter what, do your best to remain calm. The first element…

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You Can’t ‘Get’ Angry… If You Already ‘Are’

September 6, 2020

In Boston, a number of years ago, a woman who had come to hear me give a talk on resentment came running up to the stage beforehand to speak with me. She brought my attention to a long-deceased but still a popular 12-Step Fellowship member who had written a book titled You Can’t Make Me…

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#018 Becoming a Selfless Human Being

August 12, 2020

Schwarzhoff · #018 Becoming a Selfless Human Being Listen on: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Soundcloud | Stitcher | Overcast | iHeartRadio Download This Episode August 12, 2020 Can anyone truly become a selfless human being? We all must come to see how selfish and self-centered we’ve ever been.  But reverse-engineering our self-centeredness is not a way to change.…

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