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Month: September 2013

The Heart of September

The moon at dawn.

The moon at dawn.

At the end of each month, I publish my favorite articles from around the web, books, and resources – the ones that will help you live with more confidence, clarity, and ease.  Since I was busy as a bee this month, the list is shorter than usual, but still full of goodness.

Outstanding Articles

Cool Courses & Stuff

Busy As a Bee

I’ve been as busy as a bee this September.  Honestly, I miss the quiet, reflective time of August.  At the same time, I see the fullness as an opportunity to find moments of reflection and ease even in activity.

Here are three more ways busyness helps me to lead a better life:

  1. Busyness helps me recognize and respect my limits.
  2. Busyness encourages me to be more organized.
  3. Busyness inspires me to be more creative with the design of my life.

I’m not addicted to busyness by any means.  But, I’ve decided to make good use of it when it cycles through my life.

Living with Ease

It’s been so inspiring to see people embrace the stress relief tools and deep self-inquiry prompts offered in my Living with Ease course over the past 21 days.  There have been life changing moments plus more joy, laughter, and ease.  I’ll offer the next session in January, 2014.

How was your September?  What did you learn?

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Have You Killed the Angel of Perpetual Giving?

Perpetual GivingIn her time, Virginia Woolf struggled with stereotypical expectations of women and the expression of truth as a writer.  These challenges congealed into a phantom Woolf called “The Angel in the House,” after the character in a well known poem of the day.

“I will describe her as shortly as I can.  She was intensely sympathetic.  She was immensely charming.  She was utterly unselfish.  She excelled in the difficult arts of family life.  She sacrificed herself daily.  If there was a chicken, she took the leg; if there was draught she sat in it – in short she was so constituted that she never had a mind or a wish of her own, but preferred to sympathize always with the minds and wishes of others.”

The Angel in the House tormented Woolf whenever she began to write, coaxing her to:

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Flipping The Switch: Materialist To Minimalist

Single White Rose

This is a guest post by Robert Wall from Untitled Minimalism.  It’s the first post in my new occasional series, Stories of Transformation.

I never wanted to be a minimalist.

I actually liked my stuff. In fact, I liked it so much that I had huge piles of it at five different addresses. I had an apartment full of stuff, stuff at a friend’s place, stuff in an unused office (rented – not in my apartment), and stuff in two separate storage units. All of these places were packed full, and none of them were neat and tidy.

What I wanted was to get all of my stuff under one roof. Due to discovering a decluttering book in my messy front closet, I’d even convinced myself that I could part with some of my stuff in order to be able to “get control”.

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21 Inspirational Quotations on Happiness, Hope, and the Power of Mind from the Dalai Lama


The Dalai Lama is one of the most beloved world leaders alive today. His tireless commitment to encouraging basic human values like kindness, compassion, forgiveness, contentment, tolerance and self-discipline make him a popular speaker wherever he goes.

Isn’t this a sign that we’re all longing for a peaceful and happy life?

Although no stranger to tragedy, The Dalai tells us that he is fundamentally a happy person. His radiant smile and warm-hearted presence demonstrates the fact.  There is so much we can learn about true happiness from the Dalai Lama!

Here are 21 inspirational quotations from this great advocate of peace to inspire your quest for happiness, hope and harmony.

  • “The ultimate source of a happy life is warm-heartedness. This means extending to others the kind of concern we have for ourselves. On a simple level we find that if we have a compassionate heart we naturally have more friends. And scientists today are discovering that while anger and hatred eat into our immune system, warm-heartedness and compassion are good for our health.”

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How to Find Time to De-Stress

Pohoiki, Big Island, Hawaii

In many circles, busyness rates a badge of honor in these modern times.  Just about everyone is wittingly or unwittingly in competition to out-busy everyone else.  With that kind of peer-pressure, you don’t want to take 20 minutes to let go of tension and:

  • Be considered the oddball.
  • Get behind in your work.
  • Be overlooked for the best assignments.
  • Miss out on an impromptu meeting, crucial event, or essential social connection.

So you stay busy instead.  It feels impossible to take the time when busyness rules, so why even give it a shot?

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Jazz It Up with Joy: Cultivating Genuine Compassion, Part 4

Water Lily

Envy twists your mind into complex and uncomfortable convolutions.  I bet you find that comparing yourself to others who are magnetic, successful or prosperous only diminishes your own self-esteem.  It’s bound to leave you dissatisfied and at odds.  But, what to do?

There’s a simple solution if you want to knock jealousy on its head.  It’s called sympathetic joy, the ability to rejoice at the happiness and good fortune of others.

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