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The Meaning of Commitment

In this article we are going to examine what it is to make a commitment. While we might think this is obvious there is actually a lot more to the commitment than meets the eye and since it is a major theme for our times, it is important to understand…

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What Does it Mean to be Proactive?

Let’s begin this article with a simple definition of our main term “Proactive.” Being proactive means that you make things happen, instead of waiting for them to happen to you. Being active means “To do something.” The prefix pro means “before.” So, if you are being proactive, you are going to be ready before something happens….

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Be Prepared

As you all know it is always best to be prepared for all possibilities as often as possible and as best you can.  This is of course the motto of the Boy Scouts, something I had drilled into me thousands of times during my time in that organization as a child and teenager. At that time being prepared meant having all the right equipment for whatever we were doing, camping, cooking, hiking, and so on. I did learn good survival skills in the mountains, how to dress for the weather, how to make a fire with sticks and no matches, how to tell the time by the sun and shadows, and how to orient with a compass in order to not get lost among many other useful things. But of course we know that being prepared is way more than these skills, or at least it should be. Let us take a moment and consider what it actually means to be prepared or rather what it does not mean first. 

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Is The Universe Real? Yes, No, Maybe So!

For most people, to question the reality of the universe may sound totally absurd. Well of course the universe is real you might say, I can see it, taste it, hear it, smell it, and touch it. However we could argue, just because your five senses detect it does not…

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Getting Help From Your Higher Self

To your ordinary personality life in this world is quite real. In fact life as you experience it through your senses is all that there is. You touch, taste, smell, hear, and see a very physical world and it appears in relation to how you perceive it. If you don’t…

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Going Solo in Nature

From time immemorial, human beings pursued the great outdoors for solitude, observing, listening, and learning the ways of nature to enhance their own survival and empowerment. They sought solo time in nature purposefully because they found this time spent alone to be an invaluable experience. Taoist, Buddhist and Hindu hermits…

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What Is A National Border?

The United States is a container as are all countries. For one it is a physical container with lands and borders complete with complex requirements for entry and passports for its citizens. With the addition of Hawaii and Alaska it is somewhat far flung and not all gathered in one…

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Containers And Boundaries: What Shape Are Yours In?

Boundaries are one of the main themes of the times we live in. While the term is bandied about in psychologically oriented circles there is still a lot of confusion about what they are all about so this article aims to unpack at least some of the main aspects. There is…

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Identifying Gender, Race, And Sexual Orientation: Pros and Cons

Unless you have been sleeping under a tree for a few years like Rip Van Winkle you probably know that Millenials and young people in general are big on identity and identity politics. There is a whole new set of jargon for this that I am not fully aware of…

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A Shamanic Practice In Supreme Self Awareness

  As most of you probably know, the term mindfulness is associated with Buddhism and the benefits of meditation, and it is a practice of living meditation.  It is an excellent practice for anyone at any time because it promotes neutrality, a state of mind you need to prevent distraction…

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