Pain Pain, Go Away, Come Again Another Day

By carol | April 19, 2017

We’ve all been there — wishing fervently that pain was not part of the equation. But pain is always part of the human journey. There’s no getting around it.  The problem isn’t so much with the pain. It’s with our misguided conditioning that pain shouldn’t be there; that a “good” life, a “happy” life, has…

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Must the Spiritual Path Be Difficult?

By carol | August 7, 2010

Many people get seduced into thinking that if they are walking a spiritual path, they will obtain some sort of divine protection from anything that is too difficult and too painful.  The fact is, the spiritual path is difficult.  No matter how you slice it, it comes up difficult. It’s good to know this from the start.…

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Understanding Life’s Challenges—When “Bad” Things Happen

By carol | March 30, 2010

In the course of anyone’s lifetime, “bad” things are guaranteed to happen. Yet there is nothing wrong with these “bad” things—nor is there anything “right” about them either. They simply happen.  They are neither good nor bad, right nor wrong, and human judgment, as always, is best left out of the equation.  It  is much more…

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How To Keep Your Power

By carol | December 27, 2009

Power is attractive and enticing.  We all want to feel powerful, and we want others to see us as powerful.   This is as it should be.  Yet, we have an uncanny ability–habit?–to continually give our power away.  Humans have been handing over their power on a silver platter for thousands of years. Who do we give it…

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Observe, Observe, & Observe Some More!

By carol | November 24, 2009

You can never do it enough. It will often bring surprises. Most times we hate to do it.  We’d rather create our own fantasies. We’d rather swim in the pool of our own beliefs, and wrap ourselves up in the cozy blanket of our own opinions. We’d rather be in denial.  We’d rather medicate. We’d…

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Why Are We Rushing?

By carol | November 6, 2009

As a former New Yorker, I understand the drive to rush. New Yorkers are always in a hurry.  And they walk fast.  I considered myself a successful New Yorker because I could outwalk almost anyone next to me.  I could cross the street faster, get to the bus stop quicker, dodge my way through a subway crowd…

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Life Without Judgment

By carol | September 17, 2009

We consume an enormous amount of energy judging others and judging ourselves. A day doesn’t go by when we do not pass judgment.  This is no accident.  We’re conditioned to judge. Judgment is encouraged because it oils the joints that support the status quo and the existing power structures. Like programmed robots, we dive daily and dutifully into…

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