Stop – Look – Go: Gratitude

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When a child wants to cross a street or an intersection, we tell them to stop, look, and then go. I learned an insightful reframe of the phrase from David Steindl-Rast in his TED Talk: Want to be happy? Be … Read More

Clarify Mind: 10 of 10: Lose Yourself

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When I run, sometimes, I get in a zone where I feel so relaxed and peaceful. Endorphins kick in and probably are helping, too. I enjoy the stillness; it is so soothing, energizing, and decompressing. It gets me in my flow; everything becomes so effortless. I have experienced getting new insights, ne

Clarify Mind: 9 of 10: Gratitude

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I am grateful for so many positive things happening in my life. My physical intelligence is taking care of a range of complex tasks so that I can eat, walk, talk, write, smile, eat, see, and do so many beautiful things. I am so thankful for that. What are other blessings in my life? I would start wi

Clarify Mind: 8 of 10: Proact

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Mind’s thinking is just nature. Just as I can’t stop or avoid nature, I can’t resist my thoughts. What can help me live with my thoughts skillfully: Being a witness saves me from getting entangled with my thinking. The paradigm of accepting the moment cuts down friction from tryin

Clarify Mind: 7 of 10: Generosity – Give

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Can I always give? Can I find a reason to offer myself at every moment? Giving can be: Staying in a place of abundance to extend me and contribute when my ego might be raising the guard, or reacting with a scarcity mindset to erect walls, shut down, or isolate An act of kindness to make a differen

Clarify Mind: 6 of 10: Patience

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Things unfold according to their nature. What makes me rush them? It is, directly or subtly, anger. What lies beneath the surface of anger is some fear. What is it in the current situation that is making me feel threatened? What stops me from accepting the current situation as it is? What is frustra

Clarify Mind: 5 of 10: Trust

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Can’t I trust the natural wisdom of the body and how it supports life? My breath takes care of itself, gratefully. My ears can hear, eyes can see, organs can take care of the metabolism and biology of being alive. There are so many beautiful and complex things unfolding in the body. If my body

Clarify Mind: 4 of 10: Let Go

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Unpleasant things are inevitable. My mind can make me cling to what I want or push away what I don’t want. I can get stuck by holding on to narrow views, or self-serving hopes and wishes, or resistance to physical pain, or denial of an ailment. Can I give up coercing, resisting, denying, rejec

Clarify Mind: 3 of 10: Accept, Allow, Let It Be

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Can I accept and welcome the present moment as it is? When I try to force an experience to be different from what it is, I don’t get to see its true nature. Fighting or resisting the pain allows it to dominate me, control me; it creates tremendous friction and pressure. Whispering “yes&

Clarify Mind: 2 of 10: Witness

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Can I witness whatever comes up in the mind or body without judging it? It is very nature of the mind to compare, judge, and evaluate. It saves me from harm’s way; it guides me to act sensibly. For example, it helps me behave responsibly in society or avoid killing myself by standing in the mi

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