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We Come from This World

We do not come into this world, we come from this world.  We must realize this connection between us and life - you and nature.  When we come to realize the intimate connection we have with this living world and celestial skies, our thoughts, feelings, and actions change; and in an instant, we begin to respect and love all things including ourselves.  We also begin to let go of what does not serve us, such as particular thoughts, emotions, and people; and we begin to live with purpose and meaning.

If only we could learn to live in this world knowing that we come from this world, we would know our stay is brief; and, thus, should be intentional.  Just as the planet and all living things on and within the planet recycles itself, so do we.  In various 'forms,' life itself will last forever; but nothing will ever stay the same. Everything keeps moving, recycling, and re-birthing including our planet and the universe.  Ultimately, we cannot "save" the planet just as we c…

Beneath the Appearance of Capitalism

"Competitive capitalism, allied with a culturally sanctioned acquisitiveness and driven by calculated pursuit of profit, is only at surface a rational form of society.  Beneath the appearance of dispassionate practicality is a deep and suppressed conflict between the mechanical regulation of daily life on the one hand, and human imagination, creativity, and emotion on the other" (Parkinson & Drislane, 2011, p. 129).

How, then, can capitalism provide for a peaceful, stable, and ordered social life offering a rich social life of shared values and activities?  Is it even possible?

Capitalist societies are one's of individualism, self-reliance, self-service, individual freedom, and achievement for one's own personal goals.  Now this may sound great to some, and I can understand that, too.  However, capitalism seems to have also created a world of alienation, disconnect, and depersonalization, a world that lacks social values and bonds, mutual obligation, family, and…

The Invitation by Oriah

It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn't interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love for your dream for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn't interest me what planets are squaring your moon... I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.
I want to know if you can sit with pain mine or your own without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy mine or your own if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful to be realistic to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn't interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you ca…

The Microcosm to Penn State Child Sex Abuse

Wolverton writes in The Chronicles of Higher Education stating that according to the 267-page independent report released on July 12th 2012,

“A reverence for football was largely to blame for a series of missteps by to Pennsylvania State University administrators in failing to report repeated allegations of child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky” (2012).
In addition to this,
“Two Penn State officials—Graham B. Spanier, the university's former president, and Joe Paterno, the revered coach—took the brunt of criticism in the report. They and other top leaders displayed a "total disregard for the safety and welfare" of children, the report says, and hid critical facts from authorities about the alleged abuses.”[. . . ]“The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,” Mr. Freeh said (2012).
The report further concluded that said officials and other top leaders refrained from coming forward to “avoid the consequ…

This Is What You Feel When You Get Left Out

Persons who were excluded from participating in a game showed a similar pattern of brain activation (in the right ventral prefrontal cortex) as participants experiencing physical pain measured by fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging).  Something to think about.

Wake Up to Live with Desiree Leigh

The Most Powerful Tool to Support Others

When was the last time you acknowledged or validated others? Or, acknowledged or validated you? To acknowledge something or someone means to recognize as being valid or true.  For example: when your son rides his bicycle without falling, you acknowledge this truth to him; when your employee arrives on time for one week, you recognize this and let him/her know; and, when your client is courageous in an action, you confirm this with her/him.  The odd fact is, though, many of us seem to implicitly believe that acknowledging is not important; thus, it is taken for granted that others already know what they do well or where their strengths lie.  Nonetheless, even if others know their truths, doesn’t it feel better to have someone recognize and validate it?  Of course it does. With my experiences in coaching women clients, I believe many individuals have not experienced a huge amount of encouragement or acknowledgment growing up, and, in the end, it doesn't come natural to do it for ot…