Alright. So I took one for the team and went to see the Trolls movie with my 6 year-old. I was expecting nauseating unredeemable slush, but instead I learned this: You don’t have to eat a troll to be happy. Or, in everyday language: happiness is not something you acquire by consuming, rather we learn … More You Don’t Have to Eat a Troll to be Happy
My own ingratitude “haunts” me on this, the most haunted night of the year. Perhaps these visitors who raise my ire are mere apparitions of my own greed and entitlement. It challenges me to rethink my approach. What if I saw each home that hands out candy as an expression of generosity rather than owing me quality goodies? What if I recognized that everything in my life is gift from a generous universe that owes me nothing, but provides “treats” nonetheless? … More Tantrums in the World of Trick-or-Treat
I can hardly wait till the US election is over and we can hear about something else in the news other Donald and Hillary. Maybe we’ve all been enjoying the perverse pleasure of a reality-tv show styled campaign as a kind of distraction from the horrors we might otherwise have headlining our news. There is … More Seeing Goodness is Hard Work
What I’m learning is that preparation for a feast that involves true celebration takes weeks of preparation of my heart and mind. … More Practices of Gratitude – Turkey Hangovers
You don’t have to trust what you’re eyes are telling you. Your mind is capable of imposing a higher truth than mere perception. Find out why this can save you from a lot of things… … More Brownies and the Avoidance of Car Crashes
Transitions – is your body at home but your mind still at work? How do we keep that from happening? … More Transitions – Where are you right now?
Our inheritance is so much deeper and broader than what comes from the reading of a will after a funeral, or the contribution of genes from our parents. We are born into a world that is the product of billions of human choices. We receive legacies that, in their apparent ordinariness are often overlooked. … More Practices of Gratitude – Inheritance
I am in awe of the people who come to see me for professional help. Find out why… … More Not-So-Sweet Medicine
When it comes to gratitude, I would suggest that our default position is shaped by the brain’s tendency to take things for granted because it is heavily biased towards novelty. … More Practices of Gratitude – Overriding the Default Settings
I think compassion – asking what else might be true in someone’s story and caring for their struggles – might be an excellent way for us to cultivate gratitude for what exists in our own lives. When we stand in judgement, it reinforces our sense of being entitled and deserving of what we have. It blurs our thinking, causing us forget that everything in life is a gift. … More Practices of Gratitude – What else might the story be?