The Right Change

The family was considering an intervention. Dad was developing habits that weren’t good for them. He would come home from his day of staring at computer screens and pour himself a scotch and water. He put his feet up on the scratched coffee table, close his eyes and sip. To wet his appetite, he would…

Barefoot Philosophy

My son has entered his second year of studying for a degree in philosophy. In order to have some sort of intelligent conversation with him, I have been looking for easy ways to understand some of what he is studying. I stumbled on this philosophy that I am not sure he is learning, but is…

Reverence

I wanted to understand better the ancient virtue of reverence. This is what I found: “Let parents then bequeath to their children not riches but the spirit of reverence.”  ― Plato The most common trait of all primitive peoples is a reverence for the life-giving earth, and the Native American shared this elemental ethic: The land…

A Sad Life

One of my husband’s aunts died last week. My first comment when I heard was “what a sad life she had.” Was it? From the time I knew her, her life seemed sad. She went through a prolonged and messy divorce while raising 3 kids with a shift worker for an ex-husband. She remarried a…

The Power of Gratitude

“On a daily basis, find something you are appreciative of or find something you are grateful for,” Michael says. “Start a journal. You might even want to call it your appreciation journal or gratitude journal and go to it [and write] five minutes a day.” Read more: http://www.oprah.com/spirit/The-Power-of-Gratitude#ixzz2Ykbvztgf The gratitude journal has to be the first…

Balance

As the summer comes, I am reminded of a story. I must have kept it for a time such as this. Balance By Brian Cavanaugh Once the great Anthony of the Desert was relaxing with his disciples outside his hut when a hunter came by. The hunter was surprised to see Anthony relaxing, and rebuffed…

A Deliberate Life

Walden’s “Where I Lived, & What I Lived for,” Henry Thoreau describes an additional motive… “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had…

Wisdom & Understanding

I found this diagram while I was researching. It struck me as remarkable. Frank Smits of Symphoenix Ltd. describes the levels in this way: Noise is the undifferentiated stuff happening all around us; Data is the first level of organization of the noise. It can be discerned and differentiated by the human mind; Information is the next…

Guiding Principles for Personal Evolution

Ready For An Evolution: Surround yourself with radical ideas. Read different books and magazines; spend time with much bigger thinkers Take on an exciting goal or project that you cannot possibly accomplish. When the gap is this wide, mutation occurs. Act upon your inklings, even if no practical benefit seems possible. Inklings are a muscle. When you work…