Honey Vs. Vinegar

When you experience disharmony with someone else, it always pays to take the high road. Any gruff, rude or adversarial response boomerangs back because that energy makes others want to retaliate in kind. This starts a negative loop that’s difficult to stop....

Focusing Under Stress

Stress causes heightened levels of cortisol in the brain. Since we don’t function optimally when that happens, managing our level of stress is vitally important for staying balanced and focused, even in trying situations. Developing a regular meditation practice and...

Wisdom Trumps Anger

Meeting anger with anger just makes more angry people. Anger can be a motivating force, but it’s not a wise emotion to act from. The way we respond to others often says more about us than it does them. When we spew disgust or disdain at others for bad behavior,...

Of Paramount Importance

When a feud is simmering or about to erupt, it’s useful to ask ourselves what’s really important? Do we want to be right or loving? What’s the cost of standing our ground and the benefit of flexibility? If our feelings are hurt, is it possible to...

Stress

Physical stress can build strength and endurance, but emotional stress wreaks havoc on body, mind and spirit. Some stress is inevitable like loss and disappointment, but most is self-created, such as, taking other’s words and actions personally, trying to uphold...

The Principle of Rhythm

This is the fifth in the seven part series of the Seven Hermetic Philosophic Principles, also referred to as the Seven Universal Laws or Principles. Just as Newton’s Third Law of Motion states, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite...