Purposeful Wanderings

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Nov2019: Why Personal Ritual Matters

October 31, 2019

     “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver Each month I offer insights and perspectives on the challenges affecting our lives and times. And each month I suggest practices (exercises intended to be done repeatedly) so you can gain personal felt experience of […]

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Oct2019: The “Me” Story and the “We” Story

September 29, 2019

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community    finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.”  – Rudolph Steiner Everywhere in nature – including us! – survival and sustainability depend on cooperation and collaboration. Nothing happens alone, or […]

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Sep2019: Why We Do What We Do

August 29, 2019

“We are so intimidated by other people’s emotions and so convinced by our own that we lose sight of the underlying reality.”                  – Deepak Chopra Have you noticed how much of your time and energy are consumed in defending yourself against unacceptable behavior of people around you? You know … the ones who tell you what […]

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Aug2019: What Are You Committed To? – Part II

July 31, 2019

 “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” – Greek Proverb Resolving the “big challenges” of our times invites “big commitment” – commitment to the greatest capacities of human consciousness: integrity, respect, compassion, dialogue, critical thinking, personal responsibility, shared belief in the possibility we represent. […]

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Jul2019: What Are You Committed To? – Part I

July 1, 2019

“Our job is to excavate the unsaid. That requires courage and vulnerability.” – Brené Brown Resolving big challenges means making big commitments. Collectively, we certainly have plenty of challenges – as individuals, families, communities, nations, world. Examples: stewardship of our planet, excellence in public education, access to quality health care, information security. Each is wildly […]

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Jun2019: A Path of Peace

May 29, 2019

“I keep what’s true in front of me. I won’t get lost that way.” – Richard Wagamese, Embers I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who wouldn’t like more peace … in themselves, in their lives, in the world. I have, however, met many who are unwilling to follow a path that leads to the experience of peace. […]

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May2019: What’s Your Story?

April 30, 2019

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we will ever do.” – Brené Brown   Talking Story is tradition in Hawaii. It’s a foundation of aloha, that pervasive spirit Hawaiians truly feel and live about the universal connectedness we share … with one another, with the rhythm of life, with the […]

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Apr2019: Labeling Leads to Divisiveness

March 31, 2019

When I’m asked for the elevator speechthat sums up my work, I respond, “I always take the stairs, so I don’t have one. If you’d like to walk with me a while, I’d love to talk. I don’t know of a life worth living or work worth doing that can be reduced to a sound […]

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Mar2019: A Culture of Blame

March 1, 2019

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” – Rumi   They’re wrong. He’s useless. She made me angry. That’s fake news. I’m not good enough. She has no clue. He did me in. It’s a hoax. Life isn’t fair … and so on … You’ve heard them; […]

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Feb2019: Problems Are Invitations, Not Threats

January 31, 2019

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people and assign them tasks, but rather teach them to long for the immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry It seems we’re consumed with the idea of getting things done, “making life happen.” (I was … for years.) Underlying this view is the […]

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