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Don’t Try So Hard

Let Go. Give In. Stop Trying. I believe hard work often pays off. I also believe there are situations in which we should try less hard. When we try hard we tend to narrow our focus—followed by a cascade of physiological changes that begin with a release of adrenaline. When we try hard we create […]

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Stromboli volcano

Surviving The Volcano

“I was sound asleep when I heard pounding on my door, and then the door being kicked in. The man who came in was shaking; he was scared. He hustled me out of bed, pushing me toward the door, telling me I had to evacuate my home. I got out with my purse, the nightgown […]

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Woman traveling by boat at sunset among the islands.

Wake Yourself Up — live on the wild side

“We use the word “wilderness,” but perhaps we mean wildness. Isn’t that why I’ve come here, to seek the wildness in myself and, in so doing, come on the wildness everywhere, because after all, I’m part of nature too.”   Gretel Ehrlich Gretel was considering wildness while hiking in the wilderness, but as I read her […]

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Thrilled To Be Alive

Most of my life I have worked hard to figure out ways to make myself happier and to be a better person. Up until a year ago if you asked me, I would have told you I was pleased with my results . . . but even back then there was something niggling around in […]

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Growing Younger — What’s holding you back?

Or in Perception Language we might say: “Why hold yourself back from growing younger? “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” Mary Lou Cook In the year 2000 I went to Japan with my husband, Jake. He was teaching in Tokyo again and I decided to go along […]

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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 poets in America, was a 13th century […]

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A Letter of Gratitude

We have been sharing this work with people for over fifteen years. From time to time we receive expressions of gratitude from people who have participated in this work—usually after attending one of our retreats . . . or more than one. Recently we received this letter of gratitude from a dear person, who so […]

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3 Degrees of Consciousness

Imagine a circle. There are 360 degrees. You are locked inside the circle. The circle is—let’s call it your ego, or identity. The truest “you” is on the outside of the circle. To get out of the circle you must fire your booster rockets and go through an opening that is 3 degrees wide. If […]

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Colorful autumn sunrise in the Carpathian mountains. Pishkonya ridge, Ukraine, Europe.

As Consciousness Rises Tension Decreases

Our consciousness can rise, like the sun rising in this stunning photograph taken in the Carpathian mountains in Ukraine. And it is my belief that as my consciousness rises, the tension in my life decreases. Inversely, when there is tension in my life, the tension pulls my consciousness down to lower levels. So one of […]

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