• April 5, 2021
    Creativity goes well beyond making stuff...

    Cultivating the Art of Aliveness by Flora Bowley   I often say that creativity is an essential part of being human. To understand this, quickly take a moment to imagine life without it. We would miss out on things like music, poetry, dance, literature, theater, new inventions, and so much else! However, there are also […]

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    April 21, 2020
    There’s Never Been a Better Time to Find Your Center…

        These are unprecedented times. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are far reaching and complex, and no matter what your personal circumstances may be, it is easy to become overwhelmed by it all. As always, but especially now, we encourage you to treat yourself with gentleness, compassion, and care. Take time to rest […]

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    February 27, 2020
    The Transformative Power of Unconditional Love

    February, despite its chilly weather, is the season in which we take some time as a culture to celebrate love…but what about the love of self? Much of the time it feels like the hardest person to love is the one we live with every second of every day of our lives…ourselves. Below, two leading […]

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    January 20, 2020
    Learning to Dance with the Natural World…

      (An excerpt from The Medicine Bag, a new book by bestselling author Don Jose Ruiz)   Every spring my father, my brother, Miguel Jr., and I travel to Sedona, Arizona, for an annual event called the Gathering of the Shamans. Just a short distance from the Grand Canyon, the area that is now called […]

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    December 17, 2019
    What does it mean to write a successful book in today’s publishing environment?

    (An excerpt from Think Like a Publisher by Randy Davila) Writing a book will change you. As a matter of personal accomplishment, it is unparalleled. My friend and fellow author Jacob Nordby says, “Holding up your completed book to the world is a watershed moment in your life.” I couldn’t agree more. Creating a good […]

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    November 15, 2019
    Reclaim, Recover and Reawaken…

      What’s the difference between a friend and a lover? Sex. The distinction is so simple, yet we often don’t consider all that it entails. Past lovers, whether they were with you for a night or for decades, leave impressions that can linger long after the relationship is over—and in many cases dramatically affect your […]

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    August 27, 2019
    Has Science Proven the Ego Is an Illusion?

    Stop thinking, and end your problems. -Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching (Stephen Mitchell translation)   Who are we? Why are we here? Why do we suffer? Humans have grappled with these questions since time immemorial. Philosophers, spiritual leaders, scientists, and artists have all weighed in on them. In Western philosophy, the best answer to […]

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    June 27, 2019
    It’s Not About the Stress…or the Stuff

    (Excerpted from Your Spacious Self by Stephanie Bennett Vogt) No one would argue that most of us do too much or have more possessions than we need. Or both. With our lives swept up in a swirl of attachments, worry, and endless, mechanical “doing,” our minds become fuzzy on what stays and what goes, what […]

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    May 23, 2019
    Cultivating the Silent Knowledge at the Heart of True Wisdom…

    from The Wisdom of the Shamans by don Jose Ruiz   In the Toltec tradition, we have a concept called silent knowledge, and cultivating your connection to it can help you find the truth within yourself. Silent knowledge is a knowing that is beyond the thinking/discerning mind. It is difficult to write or talk about, […]

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    April 23, 2019
    To the Son I Never Had: A Love Letter to Men and Boys by HeatherAsh Amara

      Last year I wrote a blog called “To the daughter I never had” where I shared my experiences spending time with an ex-boyfriend's budding-into-teenager daughter (read that blog here). I received so many emails from women who were deeply touched by the writing and message of that blog and were so grateful to share […]

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