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In her work on shame, Brene Brown talks about the concept of “foreboding joy” and how joy is one of the most difficult and vulnerable emotions we face. When I first heard her talk about the subject, she used an example of a parent standing over the crib...

As Hurricane Harvey ravishes the Texas Gulf Coast, there is no doubt Mother Nature is a bad motherfucker. The swirling winds are terrifying and the rain continues to fall. I know the worst is yet to come in Houston. We are expected to have several more days of...

Throughout my education, but especially as a young child, school was always extremely easy for me. I had to put forth very little effort to excel....

"Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…” --Closing Time, Semisonic (1998)...

Well, ok, technically fear is a four-letter word. And, it even begins with the letter “f”. But, fear is a liar....

The first noble truth of Buddhism is generally translated as “life is suffering.” The Sanskrit term is actually dukkha, which does not have a direct analog in English. The term encapsulates a vast array of emotions, everything from happiness to despair. The point of this...

Long ago, in a land far away… like November 2016 in Humble, Texas… I made a decision to take a vacation in Nicaragua with some of my favorite people from BIG Power Yoga. Now, to some, this may not appear to be an act of monumental significance. But,...

“We all get blocked. We are all plagued by an inner critic. And no one is immune to the creativity-halting effects of negative criticism.” — Danielle Krysa I was on yet another mythic venture to the bookstore – this time to taste the local flavor of an...

I know there are many people out there who, like me, are stuck. Blocked. Alone, listless, sitting at the breakfast table, in an otherwise empty room, thinking… “there has to be more to life than this…whatever this is…” Perhaps, as Carl Jung said, midlife is the time to...

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