Pay-Forward

PAY-FORWARD: What’s your legacy? We are a ‘self-help’ community but we don’t want to promote self-indulgence. The skills and tools we learn and practice give all of us a unique advantage. As we become more mature, empowered, clear, open-hearted and less reactive, we’re able to make greater contributions to the world around us. Whether that’s being a better partner, parent, leader, teacher, or role model—our goal is to take what we learn in our community and use it, pay it forward, and make the world a better place.

Be More Peaceful

We can learn to be more peaceful and, in turn, create a more peaceful world. I, along with 19 others, have just recently returned home from yet another remarkable retreat, or “lab” as we fondly refer to them. For me this retreat was sweeter than any previous—mostly...

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Rumi and Live Conscious

Rumi said: “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”   What do Live Conscious and Rumi have in common? The beloved Rumi, actually now one of the most widely read...

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Blog Hop

I want to thank Elyn Aviva for introducing me to the notion of a blog hop. The purpose of a blog hop is for one blogger to introduce his or her audience to another blogger whose work we highly appreciate. And also, as part of the blog hop I’ve been asked to...

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Being Kind

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” Dali Lama   A patient recently shared with me the difficulties he was having relating with his mother. There were parts of her—certain behaviors and attitudes of hers—that he was having difficulty accepting....

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How to stop being judgmental

Are we born judgmental beings, or at birth are we pure and pristine—trusting and open? I often hear people talk about wanting to get back to the state they think they were born in, before they became judgmental and fearful. But did such a state exist? My belief is...

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The Importance of Acceptance

 M. Scott Peck, author of The Road Less Traveled, gave a speech titled: The Importance of Acceptance. He said the following:   “How strange that we should ordinarily feel compelled to hide our wounds when we are all wounded! Community requires the ability to...

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The Last Word You Ever Speak

I recently heard a story about a woman who survived the holocaust. When she and her younger brother were being transported by train to Auschwitz, she got upset with her brother for not packing all the clothes that he would need. She harshly scolded him, telling him...

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Love or Fear

There is significant reason to believe that we—individually and collectively—are living within a false paradigm. And if we were to make one change in our lives, shifting from fear to love, we would create a new world. Most of the problems we face would evaporate. And...

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Goethe quote

Goethe Quotes —— I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make a life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool...

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Ecology of the Heart | Huffington Post

How does Live Conscious relate to the ecology of the heart? There was an article in Huffington Post this week written by Radhanath Swami, relating spiritual awareness to ecology called, “The Bhakti Way of Investing in the Ecology of the Heart”. The Swami had been...

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September 11th Anniversary

Today is the 9/11 anniversary of the attack on America. Did we change ourselves as a result of the attack? We came together for a short while, unified and compassionate—but did it last? Did we use the attack to become better? Nietsche said, “Anything that does...

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