Anger Isn’t All Bad

Recently, one of my deeper-thinking friends questioned an angry comment I made on a social media post. The post was about pollution in our oceans, and my comment was about human littering. It’s a pet peeve of mine. Maybe it was because I grew up in the age of Public…

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Forgiveness is for the Forgiver

When I participated in Deepak Chopra’s meditation for compassion this past week, he said several things which really resonated with me. I think one of the most important for people to hear was his response to a question about forgiveness: “Forgive not because the other person deserves it, but because…

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Connect to Silence… or Don’t be a D*ck… or Gratitude for Lessons Learned

Yesterday, I had a couple of experiences which really helped me to grow as a person. They were rather trivial, but both experiences reminded me of something very important I learned as a child: If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. In the first situation, I…

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A Gift We Only Get Once

I was ranting about something a career politician from an oil baron family said in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical on the climate and the need for nations to take action to care for the planet and all living upon it. The oil baron said that climate change, while he…

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The Human Experience

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” This quote from philosopher and priest, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, has always rung true for me. I’ve never felt wholly invested in my body (which has shown at different times throughout my life), and I…

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The Internet Can Be So Much More (So Can You)

A friend recently posted on Facebook a video of a man on trying to break a board on his head because he believed in himself. He didn’t do it and got very upset.  I’m not a doctor, and I am in no way qualified to diagnose anything; however, I know…

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Better Children. Better World.

This meme is based off the Carlos Slim quote: “It’s important to give a better country to your children, but it is more important to give better children to your country.” I’m a big proponent of “thought in conception”. We would hate to think the gods of our faiths created us…

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Experience Sweetness

If you were raised on candy, you wouldn’t truly understand how sweet it is unless you also tasted bitter and sour (you would also likely get diabetes and die young). Life is like candy. The difficult, bitter experiences we encounter allow us to appreciate the bits of sweetness that we also…

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Bullies Can Be Nice People Like Me

I was perusing my personal Facebook feed (different from my Elizabeth Seer page), and I came across a video making fun of people who visit Wal-Mart. Don’t get me wrong. I abhor everything that is Wal-Mart with its atrocious record of taking advantage of employees, globalization and planet-killing practices (just…

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