Small Intentional Acts of Beauty

It was just moments after the sun had risen across Chautauqua Lake. I had completed the first half of my early morning walk and was approaching my meditation spot. Nestled under a willow tree at the edge of the water near the bell tower, it’s a spot where I have sat for reflection and contemplation…

Blaze Your Own Trail

At some point in our lives, most of us have had to find our own path – our own way of doing something, our sense of who we are within a relationship, or a career path that made sense for us. Following the calling of your heart or the passion of your soul sometimes requires…

What Do We Choose To Make Important?

There were about twenty-five of us altogether. It was the monthly community call of Transformational Presence graduates from around the world. We were talking about what we choose to make important in our lives and work in light of all that is happening in the world. It just happened that Gord Downie, frontman for the…

How To Change the World – So Simple, and Yet…

Every morning when I open my inbox, I look first for the daily “story-art” email from Brian Andreas. Brian’s work nearly always brings a smile to my face – often, even a joyful chuckle. It’s a great way to start my day. A few days ago, Brian’s story-art of the day was “Beautiful Things” (see…

The Lives We Live, the Lives We Love

In the last two weeks of 2015, The New York Times Magazine featured “The Lives They Lived,” short profiles of artists, innovators, and thinkers who we lost in 2015. What struck me about this feature article was that, perhaps with one or two exceptions, these were people that you probably have never heard of. They…

Want To Make a Difference? Just Start. The Rest Will Follow.

Last week, I wrote about how what we create, in turn, creates us. While it is certainly an important truth to consider in our personal lives, more recently I have been thinking about it from the perspective of what we are creating as a society. What might change in our collective choices, decisions, and actions…

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