Editor’s Desk: The Trim Tab Factor

Our attention is most often captivated by what comes straight at us in our life: those big changes that come rumbling down the highway like a Mac truck pulling a full load. I’m more attracted to those smaller events that, when strung together like holiday lights, light up my life. I’m reminded of the words of a dear friend, author, and superb storyteller, Phil Cousineau, who quotes the Irish novelist William Trevor, reminding us to pay attention to what we see “out of the corner of our eye.” These are the kinds of moments that awaken my curiosity and deepen
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Finding Grace from the Corner of Our Eye

In a recent interview with Ron Pevny, which will be airing in September, we talked about the recognition of moments of grace. I pointed out that these precious moments are unpredictable and it is difficult to notice them when our lives are in a frenzy of busy-ness. When focusing straight on at the world, we may not register the illusive moments of grace, which fly by so fast and with such stealth that they may only be caught out of the corner of our eye. Pevny suggests that being in nature can help us to recognize more easily the wealth
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Editor’s Desk: Wisdom Requires Community

Almost every day I hear from a friend who’s feeling overwhelmed by the pace at which life is coming at them. So many of us are struggling to find ways to avoid becoming disheartened by the immensity of what is required to keep our emotional and physical bodies above water. My saving grace is to remember to circulate, not isolate. It’s essential to get out of the house and rub shoulders with life – even as we are being seduced with the perfume of the mainstream media that bewitches us into becoming paranoid and paralyzed with its continuous loop of
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Editor’s Desk: Conquering the Demon Called Clutter

Recently I was asked to be part of a beta-test of a time management program, headed up by a friend of mine. It was easy for me to say yes to her 8-week program because I’m always feeling the effects of too much to do in too little time. There was no doubt in my mind that I could use some help in scheduling my time more effectively. In the third week the assignment was that we consider the following questions: What’s a big recurring challenge you keep encountering with your time? What is the most elusive goal you would
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Editor’s Desk: Expanding the Landscape

Seth Godin is an American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker. He’s primarily a consultant for business, and I subscribe to his blog, where he posts several times a month. He offers usually short and often pithy and inspiring reminders to pay attention and practice deep noticing. Reading a recent blog, I was reminded of a time, soon after Michael Toms and I met, when I was so certain of my position on spiritual matters that I was not able to be swayed by any amount of information to the contrary. I steeled myself from doubt by setting up my tent
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Editor’s Desk: Optimism is an Antidote to Worry

We’ve all heard the phrase, “If you are not worried then you are not paying attention.” No doubt there is much that is grabbing our attention that is worth deep consideration and action. But worry may not be the best course on which to set our internal GPS. As the wave of worry threatens to engulf us we might pause and ask: “What benefit will this litany of worry bestow upon us?” Psychotherapist and teacher of Kaballah, Estelle Frankel, says in her book, The Wisdom of Not Knowing, “Even if some of our initial concerns turn out to be correct,
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Editor’s Desk: A Loving Species

Probably like you, my email and mailbox are bulging with reports on current political, environmental, social, and technological happenings. Each week my heart swings like a pendulum between indignation and hope. As I tune into the daily news reports, I often feel like flotsam tossed on a relentless sea of turmoil and strife. I continue to take action such as calling my congressperson, writing a letter to the editor, or joining a march, and I’ve joined a neighborhood political action group that meets face-to-face on a regular basis. In the midst of this continuing existential storm I opened a very
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Art and Inspiration Found in Advertising

I record all my television shows for watching later. It’s important to me to be able to choose my own schedule. But more than that, I want to be able to fast-forward through the ads. Most ads feel like an insult to our intelligence and I resist being a consumer of the barrage of images and voices screaming at me to buy more in order to be more. However, occasionally when I’m zipping past an ad, an image will attract my eye and I’ll slow it down and actually watch it. In the last months, there have been some extraordinary
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Editor’s Desk: Living in a Field of Perplexity on the Spiritual Quest

Journalist and author Krista Tippett, in her book Becoming Wise, writes, “Spiritual life is a way of dwelling with perplexity – taking it seriously, searching for its purpose as well as its perils, its beauty as well as its ravages.” And that is where I often find myself when it comes to spiritual questions. I seem to live in a field of perplexity, constantly searching for a “truth” that is big enough and solid enough to anchor and hold me. Recently I was fascinated with the research that cosmologist Nancy Ellen Abrams, J.D. and I explored related to her theory
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The Hospitality of Understanding

I’m always amazed when I’m with someone who knows how to ask genuinely compelling 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. We might plunge in and tell them what they could or should do to make things better. And, if we are paying attention, as this most well-meaning advice is given we will witness a glaze come over our friend’s face as they thank us and hurry to change the
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