In our western society we grow up pushing pain away. We distance ourselves from pain through legal and illegal drugs, shopping, eating or not eating, caretaking, blame and even obsessively positive thinking. The list is endless. But every spiritual and wisdom tradition tells us that the dark times can be the most fertile periods of growth, the incubators of new life. Almost every day life throws up growth opportunities disguised as something we’d rather do without. Read more at Growing from Suffering – Sibyl Magazine October 2015 or at Sibyl Magazine.
Sometimes it’s difficult to recognize our own talents, much less celebrate them. If we’ve do something every day and do it well, we ourselves often take it for granted. If we have a firm belief in place that we “should” be good at our job, then doing our job well becomes just something we do. It doesn’t stand out as a talent to be recognized and celebrated.
Listen to the interview on Awareness, freedom and a fuller life on “Best of…” on Lessons in Joyful Living Radio.
Women tend to think they should have complete mastery of a skill before they will put that skill on their resume. Good enough is not good enough. This belief that we should be able to do more and do it perfectly is one of the factors that holds women back from negotiating promotions and raises. Read more at here Sibyl Magazine July 2015 or read the full edition of the magazine at Sibyl Magazine
Hiding our talents, failing to acknowledge them even to ourselves, does nobody any favors. We miss out on the rewards our talents attract and so do the people around us. For me, talents are not just about being artistic or good at a job… And reward is not just about worldly success or money… When we hide our talents we suppress some of the best, most unique parts of ourselves. By doing so, we cut ourselves off from the joy of being fully, vibrantly alive. That joy is beyond price.
Read about five simple techniques to help you be more creative and more powerful in Aspire Magazine.
Conversations that Heal is a great podcast out of Seattle, Washington. Join Susan and me for a conversation about Awareness on Wed. June 10 at 12.30 pm Pacific Time.
If you want to see how we close ourselves down to the love of others, just watch a group of children interacting in a playground. Some are the center of every game while others stay closer to small sub-sets of friends circling the leaders. And then there’s that one little boy or girl who hovers alone on the edge of the group, longing to participate but holding back.
Read More about opening to love from others in The Power of Acceptance – Opening to the Love of Others June 2015 in Sibyl Magazine.
This year Mary Quinalty sold her home in an upmarket neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico, gave away her possessions and moved into Trinity House, a Catholic Worker “house of hospitality” for homeless people where she is the full-time, unpaid administrator. Mary Quinalty is eighty-one years old.
Read about Mary’s remarkable story and the spiritual awakening that motivates her social justice work at: Beliefnet
Radical Awareness was named in Aspire Magazine’s Top 10 Inspirational Books of May 2015!
“Experience a profound engagement with life through the transformational power of spiritual awakenings. Presenting a simple and safe system that can be applied to daily living, Radical Awareness shows you how to achieve the mystical state of oneness. You’ll discover meditation techniques, hands-on exercises, and breathwork methods for enlightenment and expanded awareness.”
Throughout her school years, Catherine, an avid reader, wrote many books –all of them in her imagination. Read More.
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