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Saying No to Violence: Saying Yes to Challenges

Saying No to Violence: Saying Yes to Challenges

I learned to say “No!” when I took a 6 week self-defense class for ten women called “model mugging.” As we shared our stories, we all had our own experiences of violence and we were tired of being afraid. In my case, I’d been at the...

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Chasing Inspiration

Chasing Inspiration

A woman was walking through a forest when she saw a man sitting in a small clearing, playing the flute. A group of people sat in a semi-circle around him and when he was finished, they all clapped and cheered, begging for more. He smiled and kept playing. “Your music...

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The Runaway Mind

The Runaway Mind

MY WEEKLY BLOG The Runaway Mind The mind can be a powerful and splendid ally. It can be a motivator, a planner and a supreme puzzle solver. But all too often, it’s not your friend. I was walking down Melrose Avenue one afternoon (when we could do such things) and I...

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IT IS

IT IS

A Zen meditation student didn't like the sound the water made when it rushed over the rocks. It drove him crazy so he decided to rearrange the rocks. But when he did, the water made a louder sound that was much worse. When he eventually accepted the sound for what it...

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Meeting Heart to Heart

Meeting Heart to Heart

I attended a social distancing gathering on July 4th at a friend’s house who has a swimming pool in his backyard. There were five of us and while one person sat in a chair poolside, the rest of us each took a corner of the pool, talking and relaxing. We rotated...

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ENNUI

ENNUI

I love the word “ennui.” It comes from the French and it sounds like what it means. I can best describe it as “world weariness,” succumbing to boredom, feeling uninspired and uninterested in doing much of anything. A lot of us are feeling like...

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