A Climb to the Top Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
By Lonny Reardon
As a kid in Newfoundland, Canada, I grew up through some very hard times. My dad was an alcoholic, we were poor, and I saw many terrible things that a child should never see. As a result, I had a lot of shame in my life and, as I grew older, I tried to prove myself to others because I felt unworthy.
I focused on activities like weightlifting and wrestling in high school, and won many medals in wrestling. Then, at the age of 18, I competed in a weightlifting sport called powerlifting and ranked first in Newfoundland at a professional level. However, in retrospect, I can now see that these accomplishments were more about compensating for my shame and insecurity than anything else.
Although my exterior was tough and physically fit, I have always had a very big...
The Grand Social Experiment: Building Community on a Foundation of Equality and Diversity Saturday, January 14th, 2017
By Nancy Selig Amsden
I was very fortunate to spend my most formative years participating in what is probably the grandest social experiment of all times.
In 1969, my family moved to a small, new city called Columbia, Maryland. Unlike most planned suburban developments that were popping up, Columbia was more than just a planned community. It was an idealistic concept of how a community could be home to families of all ethnicities, religions, and social “standing.” A city where neighborhoods would embrace the differences of the residents. A place where people would play together, work together, go to school together, and worship together. No prejudice, no judgments, just people living together in peace and harmony. This concept, born of world renowned developer James Rouse,...
Why New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work Thursday, December 29th, 2016
By Natalie Rivera
Here we go again… another New Year’s Resolution. Haven’t we learned by now that a declaration to change because another year ticks on the calendar is an ineffective form of commitment? The excitement and hope that surrounds the symbolic progression of time gives us all a sense of possibilities for renewal, re-alignment, and change. Yet, all too often, within weeks, or sometimes months, of January 1st we find ourselves back to living our old news. It’s...
Personal Numerology for 2017 Monday, November 28th, 2016
By Marcia Bender
I am going to use Numerology to show you how to look at the personal year vibrations for yourself and loved ones for the coming New Year. Numerology is a combination of the Sciences of Astrology and the ancient science of Acrophonology. The latter began as a study of the letters found in the Kabbalah, a record of the teachings of the ancient Hebrew mystics. Even in this new millennium, Acrophonology is a lost art, and there are very few Acrophonologists.
Astrology is a science based on the date, time, and place of one’s birth. This knowledge is also found in Kabbalah, in the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament of the Bible. Numerology shows that we, as humans, go through many nine-year cycles in a lifetime, and each year within the nine-year cycle (one of which...
From Stuck to Transformed: a Worldwide Journey of Self-Discovery Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
By Russell Heath
Let me tell you the story of my own stuckness. It starts in Tel Aviv, which, in 1980 when I was there, was a dysenteric’s paradise: It had public restrooms on every other block—the limit of my range.
I’d been a year and a half overseas—first in Italy, then, in the fall of 1979, I dropped down to Africa, crossed the Sahara, navigating the sands by compass. I traveled east through the jungles and onto the savannas of Kenya and Tanzania. From those great plains, I headed north across the eastern Sahara traveling old camel routes on the backs of open trucks.
Africa at that time was a place where you could still have adventures; where the reach of modernity was tentative, where life was raw, disease ridden, almost always difficult, and sometimes violent....
The Science of Happiness (It’s more than an art; it’s a science.) Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
By Gregg Sanderson
“There is no path to happiness: Happiness IS the path.”— Gautama Buddha
Peace, love, and happiness are yours for the taking, along with a long, healthy life. Stress kills, suffering is no fun, and misery sucks. It all has a single cause, and you have full control over it.
Last month we introduced a new paradigm for emotions: “Stimulus —> NEED —> Response.” The response no longer depends on a change in the stimulus. NEED is the ONLY cause of...
Allowing Your FIRE of Happiness Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
by Terez Hartmann
The Fire of HAPPINESS
Ah, sweet happiness! When you feel, express, embody, and experience this light and lovely state of being, all most certainly is right with the world. Life has more sparkle. Things that once ruffled your feathers seem inconsequential. There is a soft breeze of music that fills your moments with a sense of serenity and contentment that then gives way to waves of bliss and ecstasy. It is the pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, yet it is also the...