Purposeful Wanderings

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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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Jan2019: Waking to Our True Nature

January 1, 2019

  “Nothing in the universe ever grew from the outside in.” – Richard Wagamese, in Embers, One Ojibway’s Meditations. Life is difficult. Just ask people; they’ll tell you. Or don’t ask them; they’ll probably tell you anyway. Then they might tell you they’re making New Year’s resolutions, perhaps as a way to regain hope … in life, […]

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Dec2018: I Thought I WAS Thinking

November 30, 2018

“We keep our island in our mind, and when it’s time to find home, we know the way.” – from the movie Moana  The Zen card I drew this morning was “Right Thought.” It read, “You are what you think. Think it today, become it tomorrow. Nothing can help you or hurt you as much as […]

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Nov2018: Life Is Uncertain; Why Aren’t We?

October 28, 2018

“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   Everywhere we look, we see how uncertain things are: hurricanes, earthquakes, disease, relationships, jobs, even a truck around the next curve. On the surface, we seem to accept this is […]

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