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29 06, 2019

What I’ve learned from Snoopy

When it's a Dark and Stormy Night, you're in a touch of bad weather. As a girl I was a Snoopy fanatic, in fact, one of my great parenting joys has been in passing off my complete (now vintage) Peanuts collection to my son. We share a common language of substantive humor through Schulz's works.

29 05, 2019

L E A P.

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Most of us have regular opportunities to break out of our comfort zone, a chance to try something new. Whether that is waking up a little earlier to go for a walk, changing what is at the end of your fork, reconnecting with an old friend or reaching out to a stranger, the truth is

1 04, 2019

Where do we go when we disappear?

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Richard Pilnick Where do we go when we disappear? What risks would you take if you weren’t so attached to your name, face, physicality, reputation? Can you imagine being known simply as an imprint of kindness and goodwill? Three things in my life keep these questions alive on a daily basis. The first, having a

19 03, 2019

finding stillness….

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Choose any given day on a street corner in a bustling city, and you will see bodies in motion.  All around, sirens scream, motors throb, voices chatter, mobile phones ding, horns honk. The pace of sound unfolding in urban environment is so pervasive that it can sometimes be relentless. Of course, almost every environment has

3 01, 2019

Happy Beginning Again.

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I used to love New Year's Eve. It was chance to put the challenges of the past year behind me and recommence life with renewed energy and commitment. After only a  few weeks though, the bleakness of January never failed to catch up with me and I found myself with the same stories I told

22 07, 2018

Beyond Greatness

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A memory of my five year old self exists, sitting in my mother’s giant eggshell yellow Pontiac station wagon on the way home one day from kindergarten. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” my mother asked. I responded innocently (if not a wee bit precociously), “I want to be Great!” Great,

21 07, 2018

H2OM (Jivamukti Focus of the Month August 2018, by David Life)

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patraṁ  puṣpaṁ  phalaṁ   toyaṁ  yo  me  bhaktyā  prayacchati  tad ahaṁ bhakty-upahṛtam  aśnāmi  prayatātmanaḥ Whatever is offered to Me with a pure loving heart, no matter if it is as small as a leaf, a flower, a piece of fruit, or sip of water, I will accept it from one who’s mind is restrained. BG IX.26 ................ I turned the faucet and filled a small glass

3 01, 2018

owning who you are

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Warning: The below story contains a few lines that may not paint a pretty picture. but hey, is life always pretty?On Christmas eve, I was food poisoned. Not the mild version either; instead, one with liquids spewing out every orifice throughout the night and for days on end. I know it might not be the

25 09, 2017

Shadows and Light

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Four years ago today I got a call that saved my physical body. I can rely only on my fading memory to travel back to that time when living day-to-day was a mental practice in both holding on and letting go; when acceptance wasn't a choice but a but integral to my own physical and

1 05, 2017

Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Jivamukti Focus of the Month, May 2017 by April Dechagas yad-yad ācarati śreṣṭhas / tad-tadevetaro janaḥ / sa yat pramāṇaḿ kurute / lokas-tad-anuvartate A great person leads by example, setting standards that are followed by others all over the world. -Bhagavad Gita III.21 The streets of Calcutta were dangerous and dirty. Thousands were infected with