Category: Happiness and other emotion

Life Appearing As Everything

There is only life appearing as everything. There is life appearing as an eating disorder. Life appearing as a memory, frustration, resistance, fear, excitement. Life appearing as a woman getting a promotion, a man getting a divorce, a woman being elected to office. Life appears as a person or a blue bird or a slug;

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Outside of Your Head, Nothing is Happening

Shhh… Be quiet. Find a right-now moment. Now. This one. What’s happening right now? What’s happening before thought? Before the narrator jumps up and starts narrating this right-now moment, what’s actually happening? Anything? Nothing? That’s what I find too. Before thought, in right-now, nothing is happening. The narrator in your head is the source of

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Tension

This is Bean. And this is how Bean likes to relax, in a full on sprawl, often (though not in this picture), draped over the air conditioning vent. One thing I always notice about my dogs is how deeply and completely they relax. They seem to have no problem falling limp, not an ounce of

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Drama

As much as minds love to solve problems, compare and contrast, pro and con, and create “someday” carrots to dangle in front of us with the promise of lasting fulfillment, perhaps the thing they do most naturally and most often is dramatize. Ironically, the drama can be hard to notice. Minds have been adding color

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Bean Boozled

Have you heard of this game? It’s disgusting. You spin a wheel that lands on the color of jelly bean you’ll eat. Maybe you spin yellow with red specks. That means the jelly bean you’ll eat is either strawberry banana smoothie…or barf. Yes, a barf flavored jelly bean. And it’s DISGUSTING. These jelly bean makers

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Awesome

I say the word awesome way too much. I grew up in the 80’s, what can I say? I definitely call things awesome that don’t exactly induce “awe”. I mean, awe is big. It’s huge. My favorite greek salad is delicious, but I’m not sure beets and tomatoes are truly awesome. I’m not sure it’s

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Gratitude

We’re about halfway through the Fall 2020 LSBC course and I’m so full of gratitude. This is where things start to get real. This is where people who have spent the first couple weeks worried and comparing themselves to others, begin to relax and let things unfold as they will. This is where things often

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Giddy

I love the word giddy. I love the feeling of it too. Who doesn’t? When’s the last time you felt giddy? Giddy is the feeling of so much energy–the energy that creates worlds–bubbling to the surface. So much pure, wild energy that you wiggle and bounce. Your face does funny things like Willow’s in this

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Brownie Troop 43487

It was maybe my most meaningful gig ever. Sharing ‘how we work’ with a troop of 9-year old Girl Scouts. I asked so many questions. What do they know about their thoughts, feelings, and why they do the things they do? Where do feelings come from? How do they know things? Not the things they

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Misread Signs (It’s The Opposite of What You Think)

I knew someone with a very sensitive stomach. The tiniest bit of worry and she’d instantly feel sick. She cursed her stomach. Saw it as a weakness, a flaw. She wanted her stomach fixed. Her mind was full of potential ways I might help her toughen up her wimpy tummy. Could we train it to

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