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2014

New Year’s Intentions

Here comes the sunset of one year and the dawning of another. What’s your practice for releasing the old and embracing the new? I don’t set new year’s resolutions, as they don’t work. Instead, I like to review the past year and vision for the new year. In a nutshell, 2013 is ending in a […]

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Listen With Heart

“I did everything but listen, really listen,” says Michael to his wife, Alice. That’s a defining line at the end of the movie, When a Man Loves a Woman, a movie about a couple nearly torn apart permanently by alcoholism but who finds their way back to each other. In Alice’s recovery from alcoholism, she […]

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Beware of Projections

Have you ever heard that what you find irritating about other people are often your own shadows you don’t want to own? When we harbor disapproval or non-acceptance of ourselves, we can’t truly be understanding and accepting of others. Furthermore, we often project our own self-disapproval—even self-hate—onto others. It’s not just in being convinced that […]

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Open Heart

In conversational Cantonese, the characters for “happiness” are “open heart.” To say “I want happiness” in Cantonese is literally “I want open heart.” In other words, to be happy is to keep our heart open. Our heart is the energy center for giving and receiving love. So, if happiness is keeping our heart open, then […]

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Mirror, Mirror

People come into our lives for a reason. The reason may be for the long term, such as in the case of familial bonds, or it may be only for a season. When the season is over, the relationship ends. I always appreciate Wayne Dyer’s satirical remark, “Friends are God’s way of apologizing for our […]

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