Have you ever noticed how the word responsibility gets thrown around a lot? Does it seem strange that in spite of that we have so many pressing problems in our world? I think it is worth asking why that is. Responsibility Is Not Stewardship When we talk about responsibility we are usually referring to tasks: you…

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Do you ever feel like stress is conquering you especially now with the COVID pandemic? Do you ever feel hounded by one stressful situation after another given the many major issues we are confronted with daily? Does stress take over your life and make you feel out of control? Does managing stress seem impossible? Unfortunately,…

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People in an economic system based on production learn to live with the tyranny of the clock.  Although people have been tracking time since the early days of humans, our relationship with time has become different. Time used to be related to something going on in nature.  People measured the hours of sunshine, the seasons,…

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Sensitive people are different. Being different means that they often live in the shadows. I thought about this today when I was reading an article about feminism in Great Britain, written by Anna Ford, a respected British journalist. What struck me about the article was her wonderful description of the devaluation and marginalization of women,…

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Defiance – we have all felt and experienced it. Defiance has received a bad reputation. It is thought of as a refusal to conform or obey and it can be. Defiance is usually assumed to be a failing of one sort or another. Is it? What is Defiance? This is definition from the Free Dictionary:…

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Failure is something that many of us if not all of us have been taught to be afraid of. Unfortunately, failure is a big subject and perceptions about failure are not necessarily innocent. Fear of failure causes so many people to hide and makes them afraid to be themselves. What a loss! Why Failure Is…

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We are taught to pursue being right. We are rewarded by families and schools for the “right” answers. Often the ideas we encounter about “right” are presented as absolutes. We can feel their inflexibility and lack of nuance, their lack of consideration for context. What Does Being Right Mean? When we talk about being right…

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A few months back, I attended a talk by Dave Markowitz, the author of Self-Care For The Self-Aware, in the events room of a metaphysical bookstore filled with highly sensitive people and empaths looking for insights and help. The energy in the room was electric. As it often happens when I attend a group event…

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There are so many important values that are key to our well-being and how we want to show up in the world. Many wonderful ones like compassion, respect, integrity, health, and authenticity most of us would call no-brainers because they are qualities in us that help make the world a good place to live in. …

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  Identity is an anchor in most of our lives. It is usually derived from a combination of our own experiences, our family and school feedback and our culture. Identities can feel wonderful if we have positive feedback or it can feel like a ball and chain if we do not. The more important question…

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