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Editor’s Desk: Stopped on the Road to Success

In a recent interview with poet and philosopher Mark Nepo, I was moved by his story of a competitive bicyclist’s encounter with a great blue heron. He said, “There is a cyclist who’s training very hard for a demanding race that is like the Tour de France. He’s very serious and professional. He has all […]

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Editor’s Desk: Synchronicity at the Library of Congress

Justine tells a story of synchronicity and is reminded of our interdependence and interconnectedness.

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Editor’s Desk: The Starfish Story

Justine encourages to make a difference by doing what we can with what is close to us.

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Editor’s Desk: A Circle of Your Own – Take the First Steps

Let us be companions in the quest that never ceases—the inquiry into who we are and why we are here. We remind each other of our inner truths and support each other in living our beauty. What a rare experience! To feel equally empowered to hold the circle, to question the process, to be held […]

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Editor’s Desk: The Silent Witness Makes a Difference

New Dimensions colleague Tom Greenaway made a big difference to a community through a small but consistent action.

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Editor’s Desk: Exercise … Is Boring?

In a meeting prior to the beginning of a new weight reduction program, Justine found herself raging about how boring exercise is for her.

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Editor’s Desk: Savoring Life Is About Joy

Justine invites us all to let ourselves float into the swamp of life, letting ourselves savor the gifts of creativity and joy.

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Editor’s Desk: Wishful Thinking

We’re all familiar with the admonition, “Oh, that’s just wishful thinking,” as if wishful thinking is some unrealistic Pollyanna idea. Justine thinks we need more wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is important.

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Editor’s Desk: A Lesson in a Supermarket

New Dimensions’ guest, Susan Moon (see program #3374, airing Jan. 5, 2011), tells the story of her mother’s circle of women friends. They call themselves,”Mother’s of Daughters” and would have a gathering each time a daughter came to visit from far away. Although their hands were shaking and many used walkers to help them get […]

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Editor’s Desk: Mentors Along the Way

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 […]

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Editor’s Desk: Becoming a Better Receiver of Intuitive Guidance

There are times when I need advice beyond my “normal” mode of operating. It is a time when my list of pros and cons don’t inspire me and consulting with friends does not enliven my heart to leap up with their well-intentioned advice. I feel the fire burning behind me but, truth be told, I’d […]

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Editor’s Desk: Talismans Support Me In My Meditation

I was recently asked by New Dimensions guest Liz Kalloch to participate in a story/painting project called Tools & Talismans — a series of vignette paintings she’s creating based on photos of tools and talismans from 100 different women. I loved taking a photo and writing about the talismans I use in my daily practice. […]

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Growing the Rings of Consciousness

In pondering what makes New Dimensions stand out from the clutter of other programming and interviews now available one must look into the ancestral lineage of conversation covering a broad range of topics highlighting the changing of an age. These conversations have been building on one another for over 40 years, inspiring us to be […]

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Justine Toms Attends the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Millionth Circle Initiative A group of us attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions together as part of the Millionth Circle Initiative. We gave several presentations at the Parliament, which left us with quite a bit of time to enjoy a virtual cornucopia of offerings. There were over 500 workshops and talks as well as […]

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Editor’s Desk: The Little Yellow Dump Truck

The traffic is moderately heavy as I take the 20-minute drive down Highway 101 from Santa Rosa to the New Dimensions recording studio in Petaluma. I am looking forward to meeting Ralph White, the cofounder of New York’s Open Center and one who has been “on the path of awakening” for over three decades. I’m […]

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Editor’s Desk: Sadie the Goat

This month we are featuring an interview with Gene Baur (program #3545, Farm Sanctuary: The Happiest Place On Earth), co-founder of The Farm Sanctuary. The time spent with Gene reminded me of this lovely story that was shared with me by a dear friend. The Wise Goat Named Sadie Tom had a prize-winning goat he […]

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My Cluttered Desk

In late 2013 I sat down in dialogue with therapist David Bedrick. He’s a delightful man whose work includes the Process Oriented Therapeutic model as developed by Arnold and Amy Mindell. I’m tremendously impressed with his work and had the opportunity to do a bit of work with him during our conversation in the New […]

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My Mother’s Aloe Plant

I have immense admiration for those who consider themselves card-carrying members of the society of “Green Thumbs.” That glorious community is not something with which I can claim affiliation. These days my gardening consists of urging some potted plants on my porch to choose to live even through my sporadic neglect. I didn’t always feel […]

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Working Up Escape Velocity

A friend recently said she was dreading a trip to another state for a wedding. It wasn’t the wedding that caused distress, it was the traveling to and from her home. I share with her this particular anxiety. As the years and decades have passed, my excitement about travel has increasingly diminished. It’s not that […]

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Let’s Be Like Kindergarteners

In preparing for the interview with Gregg Levoy on this month’s program schedule, I ran across this from his book, Vital Signs. “Through the rapped knuckles of our upbringings most of us learned early on that the full throated expression of who we are isn’t necessarily welcome, and we end up with internalized scolds telling […]

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A Lifeline of Support

This month we’ll be hearing from Linda Graham author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being. She reminds us that “resources generate the strength, energy, steadiness, and balance we need for adaptive coping.” Resources are the safety net of resilience and we all know that seeking support brings surprising and much […]

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Attention: Use It or Lose It

Spiritual teacher Guy Finley makes a provocative observation in his book The Secret of Your Immortal Self. He points out that the only things that are truly ours to use are: attention and time. I turned this remark over in my mind, asking myself, “Is this true?” As I scanned my life I pondered the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.” […]

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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 […]

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