Empathy, Compassion, Respect, and Honor

I wish to speak with you today about empathy, compassion, respect, and honor. These are all virtues and, as such, are aspects of ourselves. When we have empathy, it's not like sympathy such that we just feel sorry for someone or pity them, empathy has to do with a desire on our...

Parental Doubt

Moms and dads, do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and spend the next forty-five minutes to five hours making a list in your head of all the ways your parenting is sub-par? I have made that list so many times it writes itself: I don't...

Guilt is an Ego Strategist

Guilt can destroy you and destabilize you only if you give it power. You are this being of power. Your power, directed by love, has no limits. You even have the power to deny the existence of love. Obviously, this negation lasts only as long as the illusion. You...

The Fireflies are Here

Last night, for the first time in all the years I've lived on this farm, I saw fireflies already in the trees. In April. I never knew they came this early. Only one, then another, then not another. I thought it was a star through the clouds but it was a firefly rising.  Then...

What Instrument Does AJ Play?

As I have never failed to mention in the current incarnation of this space, I'm, like, totally in a band now. The whole thing is a lot of fun--some of the best moments of my life have been interspersed into the past 6 months or so--and I gotta be...

It Is Time to Ask for Help

Once you accept that you are here on this planet and you have an identity separate from other people, there is a natural progression from the joy of being taken care of and nurtured to the development of the ego, in which case, the care and the nurturing you...

A Glass Half Empty

I won't deny that I tend toward a 'glass half empty' sort of personality. And you have to admit, it's a pretty compelling line of thinking. When you have a rock-bottom expectation of how things will turn out, you are often pleasantly surprised. Or at least not shocked and...

Existential Anxiety

There is a very well-known expression called "The Elephant in the Room." It's more humorously referred to as "The rotting rhinoceros head on the coffee table." But the meaning is really the same. And that is, "What is the big thing that no one is mentioning but everyone knows is...

What We Pass on to Our Kids

My husband and I spent yesterday evening trying to calculate when he must have graduated from middle school. And when I say “we spent yesterday evening,” I mean the entire evening. We took breaks to get snacks and to watch an episode of The Three-Body Problem, so we’d feel a bit...

Everything, Everywhere, All This Month

Relaxed on the sunny sidewalk, perched dead-center on a 3x2 meter sheet of white plastic, hands and clothing covered in neon pink paint, I found my mind wandering to all the moments of my life that had led to this set and setting. You see, at the recent movie night...

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