Judging Money

I’m completely fascinated by the myriad reactions to the current PowerBall jackpot. Last week’s drawing was worth $900 million dollars when I last checked. There was a terrific buzz that it could go over a billion. With no winner, it did. As of the current moment, the jackpot for tonight’s drawing stands at $1.5 BILLION (source: www.flalottery.com). I suspect it will edge even higher as ticket sales soar in the hours before the drawing goes off. So what? So… these opportunities inspire people to dream, ideate, form opinions, and talk… a …

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Self Care as the Highest Form of Care

I was appalled when I was introduced to this concept. How on Earth could anyone claim that putting myself before others was a good thing, let alone the MOST CARING thing I could do!?! The concept defied everything I had been taught for as long as I could remember. I would have rejected it out of hand, had I not already agreed to abide by the Standards of Presence during the course I was taking. It wasn’t easy, but I stifled my reaction and listened to what the teachers had …

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Inner Conversations on Goal Setting

I first visited the Grand Canyon nearly twenty years ago. It was love at first sight. Deep in the emotion of discovery, I chose a rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon “before I turn 50” as a goal. It felt like more than a goal; it was a passion and a soul-promise I made to myself. I turned 50 last February, without making that hike. Failure tasted bitter. Without knowing my feelings of failure, The Sweetheart (my significant other of the past couple of years) decided we should all go on …

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Beliefs, Health, and Illness

If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him. ~ Hippocrates (In my experience and opinion, there are disease states that arise from the physical. The above statement does not apply to those. In this article, I am applying this quote to disease states that have their foundations in the spiritual and emotional.) There are many reasons we attract things like illness into our life experience. It …

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Listening to Guidance

Waaaaay back in 2006, I had an experience that would eventually lead me to Life Coaching. At that point in my life (it seems centuries ago,) I had not even heard the term ‘Life Coach.’ I was walking through my office one day and heard an audible voice say, “It’s time to change careers.” I knew I was alone in the office, and really didn’t think it was strange that I heard an audible voice, as I’ve always received messages and had heard an audible voice once before. In all …

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Beliefs and Marriage Equality

I was asked an interesting question last night. After I made the statement that I used to be very anti-homosexual, a friend told me that she had a hard time believing I had ever held those beliefs. She was unable to find a trace of it in me, for which I expressed silent gratitude. “How does that just disappear in a person?” she asked.

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Leaving the Labels

As I stepped away from the Crape Myrtle tree I had been admiring, caressing and talking to this morning, a conversation with a friend came back to me. “Well, you’re Pagan,” she said to me in the most complimentary of tones. “No, I’m not,” I replied, “I don’t know the words to any of the songs.” We both laughed out loud, and then she informed me it wasn’t about the songs. I continued to insist that I could not possibly be Pagan unless I knew the words. “You talk to …

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Gateway to Enlightenment

Buddha said that the Gateposts of Enlightenment are Confusion and Paradox. Most of us recognize confusion, and if you are like me, it can be pretty frustrating. Frustration is rarely a constructive mindset. It usually indicates we are in combat with reality, and that is a fight we cannot win. Reality will always be exactly what it is, no matter how much we may object. Rather than being frustrated by it, if we can choose to see confusion as one of the two gateways, we can choose to see it as …

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We Are What We Eat

Remember the old, “You are what you eat” campaign? It was an attempt to remind people to think about what they put into their bodies. After all, those are the only nutrients bodies have to build from. Back then, I don’t think we comprehended the cellular turnover rates that science has discovered. We were just discovering building blocks back then. And we continue to discover more each day. I believe it’s true that we are what we eat, even beyond the physical. Mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually… I am what I …

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Beyond Right and Wrong

I’ve heard that human beings must hear a new concept seven different ways, from seven different people, before they can adopt it. I’d say that’s a pretty good average. Sometimes I’ll take on a new one at first brush. Other times, it takes far more than seven for me to understand. I hired my first counselor twenty years ago. One concept she introduced me to is that nothing, and therefore no one, is all good or bad. I argued this with her. I was certain that I knew people who …

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