Archive by Author
Howard Thurman

What Makes You Come Alive?

Howard Thurman (1899-1981), the great thinker, educator, and peace-activist, often taught that attitude contributes to the wellbeing of our world and our self. In one of his most famous quotes he says: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Highway 101

The Seeker Highway

Some people can tell the history of their lives as a single story that unfolds like a highway that is well marked and is never encumbered with “under construction” detours. Others might say their path was littered with lots of surprises and choices, interruptions and disappointments, and arrivals at some unanticipated places. My life has […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Down in a hole

There’s a Hole in My Sidewalk

At my recommendation, some friends accompanied me to hear one of my favorite musical groups at a small local club. Rising Appalachia is a sister group from New Orleans. The last time I saw them was at a small gathering in someone’s living room. Pleased as punch to be able to share this group with […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Curious bears

Being Curious in the Face of Uncertain Times

In a recent talk I gave this past summer in San Francisco, I spoke on the Four Keys for Thriving in Chaotic Times. You may hear the talk in its entirety on our free broadcast airing the week of December 10-16, 2014. After checking into the mid-term election results I’m especially having to practice the […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Artemis

Artemis: Defender of Wildlife

During my recent interview with Dr. Jean Shinoda Bolen about the Greek Goddess Artemis, “Mistress of Animals,” I related a story demonstrating how this goddess spontaneously rose up in me. Jean tells us that Artemis was a “daddy’s girl.” I too was the light of my father’s eye. I grew up with three other siblings, […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
two women talking

Asking Good Questions Is the Key

I’m always amazed when I’m with someone who knows how to ask truly great questions—the kind of questions that can be of true service. We’ve all had moments of being with friends who are going through a bad patch and we want to be of help, but we don’t know how. Or, maybe we jump […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
couch potato

Confessions of a Couch Potato

Basically I have a low threshold for boredom and this is especially true when it comes to exercising. I know I should exercise thus I keep making plans to do it. However, almost all my strategies stay in the realm of “it’s a good idea.” To this end I’ve made some fantastic playlists to accompany […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Believe in yourself

Believing In Yourself

My dear friend, role model, and New Dimensions guest Robyn Posin says, “When others are interpreting, analyzing, advising or directing you – they are really only communicating what they believe would be appropriate for themselves were they in your situation. Remember this if you choose to hear their views… Remember, too, that in the deep knowing […]

4 Comments Continue Reading →
Jack and the Beanstock by Jean-Daniel Picard

Hard Grace: What Jack In the Beanstalk Taught Me

Most of us can recall the tale of Jack in the Beanstalk and can remember how we thrilled at the rhythmic chant of the giant ogre, “Fee-fi-fo-fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be he alive, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.” As an adult and the mother […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
love

What’s It All About?

Several years ago I gave myself the gift of a detox retreat at the Optimum Health Institute in San Diego, California. This is a place where you can give your digestive process a break using a cleansing diet along with freshly juiced wheat grass. During my stay there were about one hundred other participants and, […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
skipping rope

Skipping Rope

We do most of our New Dimensions interviews in a private home in a quiet middle-class neighborhood. The spacious yards are nicely groomed. There are sidewalks and an impressive variety of architecture. As I get out of my car, I notice a young man on the sidewalk next to my car. He’s wearing an electric […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
moving box

Moving: An Impossible Task

Several years ago my partner Michael and I moved from Ukiah to Santa Rosa, California. We’d been living in Mendocino County for more than twenty years. The house had a surprising amount of space where “stuff” could be stuffed—out of sight, out of mind so to speak. For over twenty years we didn’t have to […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Thomas Moore

Reimagining A Religion That Feeds Your Soul with Thomas Moore, Ph.D.

Church attendance continues to decline as many of us abandon the religious institutions of our youth. However, in today’s culture the search for the sacred has never been more active. Thomas Moore suggests that nature, art, and accessing the wealth of traditional spiritual wisdom can be of enormous help in revivifying our relationship to religion. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
palette

What Color Is Your Palette

Recently I attended the Wisdom 2.0 conference and pushed my edge by sitting in on the Wisdom and Technology day-long Intensive. I found myself in a room full of tech-savvy developers, tech entrepreneurs, and Silicon Valley workers, etc. It definitely pushed my edge. Just keeping up with the language was a challenge. I debated with […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Thank You

Back Stage Pass

I’m coming up to the one year anniversary since Michael, my dear friend, husband, and partner in New Dimensions for 40 years, passed and I’m pondering that great mystery beyond this physical reality. Some years ago Michael’s Mother Dee arranged her life so that Michael could be there for her great transition. She made a […]

2 Comments Continue Reading →
Joyous New Year!

Angels in My Closet

“The sun is peeking through the misty rain as its light brightens the Ukiah valley for the first time on the first day of the new year.” I wrote these words as I was sorting through belongings Michael and I had accumulated for over two decades. We were preparing to move fifty miles south. The following is […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Happy Isles

Happy Isles

As I’m preparing for an upcoming interview with Rick Hanson, Ph.D., I’m feeling excited by his many good ideas for how to rewire our brains to cultivate joy and happiness rather than fear and negativity. His research shows that, even in the most hectic day, if we take 10 seconds several times a day to acknowledge […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Creatine Phosphate

Good, Good Vibes from Sondra Barrett, Ph.D.

A recent guest, biologist Sondra Barrett, Ph.D., and author of Secrets of Your Cells: Discovering Your Body’s Inner Intelligence had this to say about New Dimensions: “What is essential about New Dimensions is the broad range of subjects and that you can trust the caliber of guests. For decades it has been a most respected place to listen.” […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Anat Baniel

Creating Enthusiasm

Join me for a simple, yet profound, practice of creating enthusiasm, inspired by New Dimensions guest, Anat Baniel, who works with children and adults with special needs, and is the author of Kids Beyond Limits: Breakthrough Results for Children with Autism, Asperger’s, Brain Damage, ADHD, and Undiagnosed Developmental Delays. She says, “Enthusiasm is a profound […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
William McDonough

Principled Design Based On The Laws Of Nature with William McDonough

McDonough is committed to helping humankind remake how we make things so as to not pollute the environment and therefore ourselves. He’s convinced that we can live a healthy and sustainable life on the planet if we start asking ourselves the right questions. He speaks about how we need to look closely at nature where […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Siblings

My Sister Is My Mentor and My Dearest Friend

For the past twenty years my sister, Juliette, has been my dearest friend and mentor. Our relationship was not always this easy or loving. We grew up in a household with very little adult supervision, so much of my relationship with my older sister, with whom I shared a room, was filled with strife, stemming […]

3 Comments Continue Reading →
Terry Tempest Williams

Finding Voice For Authentic Conversation with Terry Tempest Williams

Terry takes us on a whirlwind tour of what it means to give voice to our own authenticity. It requires deep listening and fertile silences. She encourages us to speak “Mother Tongue.” That is speaking from the belly rather than the mind. She laments that in Western culture “the language of economics has power, the […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Deidre Combs, Ph.D.

The Four Seasons Of Moving Through Tough Times with Deidre Combs, Ph.D.

There are four phases that show up again and again in order to thrive in challenging times and Combs equates them to the seasons. We get a medical report, we’re facing a divorce, or coping with the death of a loved one. It’s in the autumn when things are falling apart. Combs describes the other […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
spirit house

A Spirit House

As I’m leaning back in my chair, taking a break from the narrow confines of my computer screen, my eyes wander over to a brightly painted and bejeweled birdhouse that sits on top of the bookcase in my office. Actually, I call it my spirit house. It is about 7 inches tall, 7 inches wide […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Mark Matousek

Crossing The Murky Moral Terrain Of Ethics with Mark Matousek

Are there universal human ethics? Are we moving toward a more ethical future? Mark Matousek has interviewed and researched the subject of ethical wisdom with social scientists, spiritual leaders, ex-cons, altruists and philosophers. He’s examined morality from all angles and suggests that ethics just may be a minefield of opposing ideologies, special interests, and temperamental proclivities. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Joe McHugh

Two Cultural Cycles: Logos And Mythos with Joe McHugh

Using the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa, McHugh describes how we are turned to stone by the very technologies we’ve invented. Throughout time human culture has been dominated by these technologies and sometimes they play into our mythos knowing and at other times they play into our logos knowing. When he refers to mythos knowing, he is talking about sensory knowing. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
John Backman

Dialogue: A Habit Of The Heart with John Backman

What often passes for dialogue these days is negotiation or debate. However, Backman feels the true aim of dialogue isn’t about convincing another to see things the way you see them, “Dialogue is aimed at mutual understanding …to nudge [toward the] reality of the situation as it is.  [I]t’s about understanding one another much more deeply […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
David Hanscom, M.D.

Dealing With Chronic Pain with David Hanscom, M.D.

Having had had two spinal surgeries, ending up with kidney failure, ulcers and post-operative infection, Hanscom has first-hand knowledge of chronic pain. This has left him with extreme empathy for patients who come to him. Since medical school he’s educated himself on mind/body syndromes. Discovering he had a lot of anger issues he says, “I wrote […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Sharing

Noticing Kindness

Do affirmations work? What if you’ve been looking for a job for months with no results? What if your home is being threatened by foreclosure? These are no small things and there are too many of us in this very place. Saying over and over, “I’m attracting more and more abundance in my life” when […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Terry Laszlo Gopadze

The Power Of Stories To Heal with Terry Laszlo-Gopadze

For Terry Laszlo-Gopadze the idea of sharing stories of spiritual power was born out of a struggle with her own health problems, grief for her desperately ill father, and sadness over her mother’s placement in a nursing home. She found mentors who guided her on a path of healing and growth by the stories they […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Susan Sachs Goldman

The Quakers, Forging America’s Identity with Susan Sachs Goldman

Quakers, also known as “the Society of Friends”, have been part of American history for over 300 years and America’s whole national character and moral fabric has been affected by their commitment to peace and social equality. They arrived in the mid-1600s and from the start worked for responsible relations with Native Americans. They denounced […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne

Genuine Sustainable Abundance with Bernard Lietaer and Jacqui Dunne

Has our present economic system been designed for another age? Does it truly serve the needs of the 21st century world? What are the stepping stones to a new economic structure? The answers to these and many other questions are addressed in this informative dialogue. In taking out a loan or a mortgage under the […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Tom Darden

Designing Products Toward Sustainability with Tom Darden

Tom Darden and others like him are seriously looking at products that have positive environmental effect. He’s been able to help companies, such as sawmills, to change the way they produce their products.  He’s been working in the field of investing in developing technology, products, and services that are environmentally safe.  One of his personal […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Ronita Johnson

Forgiveness Is The Path with Ronita Johnson

Johnson is an African American daughter of a preacher who grew up initially in Louisiana and later in Northern California. Here she tells her story of a severe childhood which left her feeling shame, guilt, bitterness, and a general sense of unworthiness. She shares her journey from a devastating childhood to one of forgiveness and […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Millionth Circle logo

Finding Our Own Authenticity

One of my circles keeps in touch by email and a monthly conference call. We rotate leadership and each leader suggests a topic for our check-in. This month a circle sister from Canada suggested we focus on the word authenticity and what it means to each of us. The sharing was both deep and diverse. […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Tim Ryan

Mindfulness Practice: Slowing Down – Tapping Into Our Inner Resources with Congressman Tim Ryan

Congressman Ryan has a dream for America which is to create a society that has healthcare for all, has a sustainable eco-system, fosters creativity at the highest levels, and includes time to connect with family and friends.  He sees us slowing down and becoming more kind and more aware. To help us do this, he […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Priscilla Stuckey

Beyond Humans, Widening Our Circle Of Friends with Priscilla Stuckey, Ph.D.

Stuckey begins this conversation by telling three stories — how an eagle, a bougainvillea bush, and the birch tree of her childhood all communicated with her in some way. We think we are alone but Stuckey points out “we are deeply connected with all others with whom we share our lives.” She encourages us to be aware […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Robert Fuller

Asking Better Questions with Robert Fuller, Ph.D.

From traveling across Russia on the Trans-Siberian railroad to the “Golden Rule” in religion, Fuller takes us on a wide and deep adventure, always returning to the idea that learning to ask better questions is one of the keys to truly improving our lives and improving society. In Fuller’s varied career from serving as a college president […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Choir Flyer

Music: Celebration of the Soul

This is a warning; I’m getting up on my soapbox in advocating the arts, especially music, in our schools. Music has been a thread woven into the fabric of my soul. In early childhood, on Saturday mornings I eagerly opened my album of Prokovief’s picturesque score of Peter and the Wolf. It contained three 78 […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →
Jane Hirshfield

Poetry: The Unfolding Of What Is Hidden with Jane Hirshfield

Hirshfield points out that many people turn to poetry at great life transitions. She says, “You know when people fall in love, or when they lose love, or lose someone they loved, that is when they want a poem. When they get married they want a poem. These great transitions are larger than the normal, […]

Leave a comment Continue Reading →