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Reaching Out For Compassion

At a weekend workshop I led, one of the participants, Marian, shared her story about the shame and guilt that had tortured her. Marian’s daughter Christy, in recovery for alcoholism, had asked her mother to join her in therapy. As their sessions unfolded, Christy revealed that she’d been sexually abused throughout her teen years by […]

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Let Your Actions Say ‘I Love You!’

Who doesn’t want to be loved? It doesn’t matter if you’re educated, uneducated, young, old, rich or poor, every being on this planet loves to be loved. Although it’s great to say ‘I love you’ often to your loved ones, how many of us really mean it? How often does it come from your soul? […]

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From Intent.com: A Work of Art

My friends and I used to have an Art Club. We would get together and work on crafts and eat snacks. As I typed that last sentence, I couldn’t imagine a get-together that sounded more girly, but alas, it was. Art Club is home to some of my fondest memories, but it was also a […]

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Committing to Presence for the Sake of Love

 Jeff was convinced he’d fallen out of love with his wife, Arlene, and that nothing could salvage their twenty-six-year marriage. He wanted relief from the oppressiveness of feeling continually judged and found wanting. Arlene, for her part, was hurt and angry because she felt Jeff avoided any real communication or emotional intimacy. As a last-ditch […]

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Meditate to Start the Day

I would’ve never been someone who meditated. It seemed to weird. To hippy. What is a hippy? I wouldn’t say I was even 100% sure what a hippy was but I didn’t think I wanted to be one. I like things to be orderly and intentional. Sitting on a mat and lighting incense was not […]

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From Intent.com: Permission

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” -Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story You have to sign a waiver if you are going to have surgery. You have to sign a waiver if you want to bungee jump or sky dive or get a tattoo. You have to consent (in this country) […]

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Believing in God in All Shapes and Sizes

I thought I’d long ago gotten past believing in some sort of external “God.” (And by God I mean the anthropomorphized image of a guy in a beard and white robes meting out judgment based in rules of obviously human making.) And then, there I was, sitting in stop-and-go traffic one day. A driver to […]

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From Intent.com: Living in the Abundance

I was going through intents this morning and stopped when I saw this one. “I intend to give from what I am abundant in.” I’d never asked myself what I was abundant in. Like so many people, I think about what I DON’T have. I don’t have a new car. I don’t have enough time […]

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Finding ‘True Refuge’ in the Face of Loss and Ego

Kim, Seoku Jong, the reporter for the Kyungyang Shinmun, one of Korea’s major daily newspapers, recently interviewed me about my book True Refuge, which is now available in Korean. Since most of my readers won’t be able to read the article in Korean, I wanted to share the interview with you hear. KSJ: How are you doing? […]

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Getting started, again

We started off the year with high hopes. We were going to find love! Start new jobs! Let go of old hurts! Now that it’s March, it’s time to do an evaluation. Are you any closer? Are you have the sort of realistic conversations with yourself that are going to stop you from repeating the same […]

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