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"The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things." Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

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On working with painDanielI don't believe life is meant to be simple or easy.

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 21:22:26 +0000

My circle of Facebook friends often post about their physical and emotional pain. I read several such posts today. Some of them asked for guidance. I expect they all seek mercy. I have studied this subject for many years. I have been to workshops, including yoga, many, many times. I also have read some excellent […](image)

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On sending the elevator back downDanielParker Palmer

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:52:28 +0000

Kevin Spacey tells us that if we succeed in life we are obligated to send the elevator back down. He elaborates on this in his short video about how he teaches acting skills and techniques. The video. Aaron Sorkin teaches screen writing. Werner Herzog teaches film making. These three experts teach us a valuable life lesson. […](image)

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Celebrating sillinessDanielI was born real. You were too.

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 19:20:13 +0000

Great minds have explained to us how our sense of self is a cliché based on teaching we suffered when we were young at the hands of the misinformed and insecure. People who have said this to us include Joseph Campbell, Robert Bly, Harville Hendrix, Thomas Moore, and many others. I’ve read the books they […](image)

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Body taboosDanielKendra

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:11:20 +0000

  Harville Hendrix published his book Getting The Love You Want in 1988. I opened my copy of it a little while ago, and I read a section titled body taboos. Hendrix makes the point that we are taught early in life to numb ourselves in a variety of ways. We take that numbness into […](image)

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Three books on fearDanielRosie the Riveter

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:20:31 +0000

I estimate that fear is the dominant problem in the world. Some wise people confirm that. The three I have in mind are Pema Chödrön, Chögyam Trungpa, and Krishnamurti. The books are, in sequence, The Places That Scare You, A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times; Smile at Fear, Awakening the True Heart of Bravery; […](image)

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About heroesDanielCassandra. One of my heroes.

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 15:31:31 +0000

Honoring heroes is on the same path as praising God. I don’t actually believe in God, but I do honor heroes. The leap from heroes to God is not a big one. God, as I understand, is simply the role model for heroism. One of my favorite heroes is Charles Kuralt. He sought out interesting people, […](image)

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On seeking GodDanielangel

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:46:00 +0000

I read Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, when I was a teenager. I re-read it many times. I considered it my owner’s manual for life. He gives advice for our search for an encounter with God. As I understand it, we are first to choose a form for God’s presentation. It can be […](image)

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On understanding our crisisDanielimg005

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:54:11 +0000

Men want to be in charge, but they do not want to expose themselves to risk. We are taught in school, and on the job, and by the rules of society to disable our curiosity and sense of wonder. The same discipline is available in church as I remember, but I have not been in one […](image)

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In defense of pleasureDanielNude sign

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 16:19:39 +0000

I just finished Mark Haskell Smith’s wonderful book Naked At Lunch. The subtitle is “A reluctant nudist’s adventures in the clothing-optional world.” In it he examines our cultural values relating to nudity. He addresses our deep seated resistance to experiencing pleasure, much of it expressed as fear and suspicion about the human body. In the book he […](image)

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Steven Spielberg: My all-time favorite speechDanielRosie the Riveter

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:13:38 +0000

I like teaching experiences. One of the best ways to teach is to speak. This speech by Steven Spielberg at the 2016 graduation ceremony at Stanford is my favorite speech ever. It even transcends the speech Steve Jobs presented at the same event. And that is saying a lot. This blog generates no comments or […](image)

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