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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Have you ever questioned what you believe about the Ego?  You have been conditioned to think of the Ego inside every human being as part of us—just another feature of our complex human personalities.  Your counselor believes this. Your priest, minister or rabbi too. So does your 12-Step sponsor and your life-coach. Everyone coming out…

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Dead or alive, lovable or despicable, if a parent can still make you angry, then you have not forgiven them. Until you can look to see how you’ve hated your parents in the past and allow forgiveness to enter, meaning to stop hating your parents in the present, and remain unstirred, then you cannot live long or…

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If you saw the film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) a few years ago, you may recall that in the opening scene, Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomson, is sitting in a classic meditation pose, levitating in the middle of the room. We’re to wonder, Has this person actually trained his mind so well that he can…

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I remember a New York City fireman I’d befriended who once told me, “Danny, I love my little daughter with every bone, hair, and fiber of muscle in my being. She is everything to me.” His eyes were wide and wet. Not crying wet. Honest wet. This was real. “Then when I put my mouth on that…

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Face it. Amidst the beauty and wonder of our human existence, the world is often wrong. The stream of life is cluttered with flotsam and jetsam containing dangerous debris. Navigating its currents can at times seem an impossibly titanic voyage. But it isn’t. Once you know the secret of how to meet the pressures of the world…

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John Lennon once wrote in song that all we need is love and that through love we can learn how to be who we really are and realize where we belong in the universe. He was correct on all three counts. But there’s one essential piece to this perennial rock hymn John left out—there is a…

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The lack of human consciousness is not merely some inconvenient trait of a few indifferent people who harm nobody but themselves. It is a pandemic scourge that can jam traffic in the middle of the day or topple nations. It can spill milk on a just-washed floor or tear apart a family. When people become thought-trapped inside…

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Once you know the secret to handling the annoying people around you, even the irritating personalities in media, politics and industry, you’ll find peace within. You will find the strength to stand up to bullies and tyrants with grace or to properly stand down to those who deserve your respect. You’ll know the difference. Until, then, when…

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