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Transmuting Hatred and Fear

I have a theory about why the man who has stirred more controversy than any other newly elected president was sworn into office today.  Could it be that the very passion that people felt about him—both the passionate admiration and the passionate hatred and fear–were the very things that brought about what we collectively and passionately did and did not want? The Law of Attraction:  Whatever you passionately desire, talk about, and think about, you draw to you.  Also, whatever you passionately fear, talk about, and think about, you draw to you. I have noted that many people are feeling…

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Grief

A year ago today my beautiful niece left this world. Though doctors tried valiantly to save her, they couldn’t hold her; her soul had seen the Light of the next world.  As she traveled toward the Light and was embraced by it, the Light became brighter still.  And our world suddenly became dimmer. Over the course of the last year, whenever I thought of Trisha I would feel such pain for my sister and her husband.  What unbearable sorrow to lose one’s only child.  This morning as I sat with the awareness of her passing, the tears continued to flow…

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Loving Our Enemies. What a concept.

I hate to say it, but our country hasn’t historically been real big on love.  It hasn’t been part of our political or spiritual consciousness to cultivate love, kindness, and compassion.  In fact, many Americans seem to be more excited about our might and strength, our ability to “kick a _ _.”  Our country has a bad case of machismo. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  I often think of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King.  When he was rallying the people to fight injustice and racism, he didn’t stir up the flames of anger and hatred by recounting…

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The Gratitude Game

Are you feeling grumpy?  Stuck?  Depressed?  Perhaps it’s time to shift into a place of gratitude.  You may be thinking, ‘Gratitude? How can I feel grateful when I don’t have the money to pay my bills, when my body is aching, and when this country is such a mess?!’  And I reply, ‘That is the very time we most need to remember gratitude.’   Gratitude will transform a situation–and us– faster than you can imagine. I have been in the above situations: with no money, with  aches in my body, with despair about the state of my country and world.  It…

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