Understanding Breeds Compassion

Some see good where others see nothing but bad. Some feel hopelessness while others feel enthusiasm. We can even miss what’s directly in front of us if we don’t believe it’s possible or haven’t seen it before. Because of our (mostly...

River of Life

Everything flows in the river of life. While we can’t totally control our encounters with others, external circumstances or global events, we do have an impact on how we perceive and feel about what we experience. That’s why it’s smart not to...

Master of Our Own Experience

An ancient parable describes a king encountering a sage who fails to show him appropriate respect. The king angrily chastises him, “I could have you beheaded.” The sage calmly responds, “And I could let you”. The story succinctly teaches us...

Self-Righteousness

The less we question our own opinions, the less likely we are to consider the validity of others‘ viewpoints. Outright dismissal of others’ opinions is a dangerous pursuit. It justifies demonizing those who hold different points of view and opens the door...

Centered Within

We’re rarely in total balance, especially when we’re growing. Growth necessitates moving out of our comfort zone, which throws us momentarily off kilter. All movement requires shifting back and forth between yin and yang, safety and risk, stasis and...