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Humans 101

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HUMANS 101

What would the neon sign over your head say?

A young man I work with lost his sister suddenly several years ago; she died of a congenital medical condition, which had never been diagnosed. It is a rare and tragic death — a seemingly healthy young woman simply dropping dead. In their family of several siblings, the two were…

HUMANS 101

How attention can transform the energy of our anger

Attention is the most basic form of love; through it we bless and are blessed.
John Tarrant

When I was a young social worker, I often found myself doing some crazy tasks that I had no business doing. One of these was teaching a court-mandated parenting class to divorcing…

Humans 101

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Technique: Journaling.

Strategy: Completely free yourself from critical restraint and transcribe your disinhibited stream of consciousness. All day and night, jot down whatever idea pops into your head, no matter how immediate, simplistic, vacuous, ridiculous, dim, doltish, absurd, or downright insane it may seem. Let nothing limit the frequency of…

HUMANS 101

I did reach out, but my people ignored me and you probably ignore your people too

I used to think I was someone who retreated when I needed help. I thought I isolated myself when faced with troubles. After doing internal work with the help of my therapist, I’ve recognized that retreating is a defense mechanism I’ve developed in response to feeling rejected.

I’m not the…

HUMANS 101

What Elton John did brought me to tears, and made me think about how we can all be a little kinder

Living with a big heart — being magnanimous, considerate, generous, and respectful spreads kindness.

Elton John spread some kindness and touched my heart and the hearts of many others by what he did for legendary musician Leon Russell a few years ago.

Leon was a crack L.A. studio musician in…

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