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Sadie the goat

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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quan yin with aloe

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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What Is The Holy Grail Of Your Life?

As I cope with Michael’s passing, I know that I would not be as strong as I am right now if it weren’t for his belief in me. He didn’t care much for material gain; his heart and mind were intensely focused on seeking wisdom and expressing his highest potential.  His vision was infectious. I […]

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Prayer For Michael

As most of you know, my dear partner of 41 years, Michael, passed away on Jan 24th peacefully in his sleep.  He had been experiencing a slow but steady decline in his health for some time due to diabetes. On Wednesday January 30th I, along with some close friends attended his cremation.  It was poignant […]

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Michael Toms

Michael Toms

Michael Toms, co-founder of New Dimensions, passed at 5:45 AM Thursday, January 24th. Michael was 72 years old. A Tibetan nun Ane Dorje and a Buddhist practitioner Annie Eichenholz (also a hospice worker) came to be with Justine and Michael in the skilled nursing center to do the Buddhist Phowa practice for him. Justine was […]

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Questing for New Dimensions

Like a German shepherd playing with a ragdoll, an insight grabbed my heart and mind and powerfully shook me from side to side. Over the Christmas holidays I realized I’m holding New Dimensions in trust for all who may be served by the wisdom, inspiration, and hope in these weekly broadcasts. New Dimensions has grown beyond […]

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Running The Rapids Of Difficulties

On the Monday before Halloween, I set off on a road trip with my truck and trailer and little doggie Layla. As we were crossing the Navajo Nation, I hit a very rough spot on the road. The trailer began bouncing, fish-tailing, and at times jack-knifing.   I fought very hard to keep us on the […]

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Enthusiasm for life

Living In The Landscape Of Enthusiasm

In a recent newsletter from Clarity International by Gary and Cathy Hawk a comment grabbed by attention, “When does anxiety seem to have more power over enthusiasm?” I pondered that question because my friends describe me as a normally enthusiastic person, easily excited by life. And, for the most part, it is true. However, if […]

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Tulku Thondup Rinpoche

Looking At Our Habits Of Mind

Recently I was struck by the words of Tulku Thondup Rinpoche in an interview from the New Dimensions’ archive. He said that the only thing we take with us when we die are our habits of mind. I’ve heard this before, in fact I’ve heard it from various masters for more than thirty years. Yet […]

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Alan Clements

What Is The Color Of Your Palette

Alan Clements speaking with Michael Toms about the quote from St. Frances of Assisi, “There are beautiful and wild forms within us.” Heard on program #3433 “The World Dharma of Freedom and Non-Violence.” Clements: It is interesting you bring that quote up. I learned meditation by seeing the beauty in myself. This is something that […]

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No Longer A Time For Isolation

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 overwhelmed by the immensity of what is required to keep our emotional and physical bodies above water. My saving grace is to […]

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Brother Wayne Teasdale

A Most Gentle Passing

Denys Cope, author of Dying: A Natural Passage, has said, “My dream is that everyone be able to find the support that allows the fear of dying to be replaced by a richer, more positive experience which embraces the gifts that are available during this extraordinary time.” I’m struck by this statement because my own […]

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