Nature Heals

I love research reports that reveal what we all already know to be true. One recent study found that people who spend 2 or more hours a week in Nature were happier. They had a greater sense of well-being. Indeed, it does seem that Nature heals. Some of my own peak...

Fun Heals

Life isn’t just about work and service. We are not created solely to nurture Life. We are also here to savor Life—to enjoy this miraculous gift of existence. If we are to put others first, we must first love ourselves. We cannot give away joy and abundance if we do...

Love Life

Love Life, even though it is sometimes dangerous. Even though it is often painful. Even though others can hurt us or let us down. Love Life, even though someday, it will all end. Life is a miracle. It is precious. It is sacred. All the more so, because it is fleeting....

Live with Integrity

Integrity is about doing the next right thing for the right reasons from moment to moment regardless of urges to do otherwise. It is about acting with virtue. It is about doing what is best for everyone, including yourself. When you have integrity, what you think,...

Look

Look closely that you might see. Listen carefully that you might hear. See and hear clearly that you might understand. Understand deeply that compassion might arise. Let compassion arise that forgiveness might also arise. Forgive that you might free yourself from the...

Put Others First

When I was younger, I would speed towards the parking space to get it before the other car. I was selfish. Even now, I experience impulses to gratify and soothe myself before considering the needs of others. I still have seeds of selfishness. What I’ve learned is that...

Love Heals

We’ve all heard the phrase “Love Heals.” Is this true? What does it mean, really? Let’s start with a definition of love. I think of love as a combination of two things. One is an attitude of reverence for Life. This attitude then inspires actions to nurture Life—our...

Cultivate Self-Forgiveness

One of the practices for cultivating reverence for ourselves is the practice of cultivating self-forgiveness. Do you suffer from feelings of harsh self-criticism? Do you have feelings of being unworthy? Do you ever cringe inside when you think back on mistakes you...

Seek Fulfillment over Gratification

Nature has designed us to want to feel good and not feel bad. For most of us, this is our life agenda. But what does it mean to feel good? For many of us, feeling good means the gratification of urges such as the urges for food, money, power, fun, sex, or the...

Don’t take yourself personally

How often has the thought arisen, “I can’t believe I did that!” (or thought that…, or felt that). “I’m such an idiot!” How often do you find your mind judging itself? How often do you experience self-criticism, shame, self-hatred, or a global feeling of unworthiness?...

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