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Infinite Opportunities to Learn and Grow
by Jeanmarie Wilson – Ronkonkama, NY

parents with child at the ocean

I was once advised to brand myself as a “parenting expert” as a school counselor for 29 years and having raised 2 children; I even wrote a book called Parenting from Your Soul. However, trying on that title out felt like putting on an itchy sweater; I couldn’t wait to get it off. The term […]

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Give No Thought Of Receiving
by Brenda Shoshanna – New York City

chair against wall

There are so many ways we get trapped in life, take the bait. We all want so much from others, and when we give there’s always the thought of what will come back. This craving to get something in return actually hooks us in another direction and ruins the joy available in just giving with […]

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Reunion—A Love Story
by Annette Cravera Goggio

friends

Every day is an opportunity for reunion. You may say, it is too soon or too far away, but it is there, waiting. Memories fill the space in between. Memories that bring joy or pain or both in combination. Nothing speaks as loudly as memory when it involves the heart. Why not reach out? Reach […]

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Worth Waiting For vs Instant Gratification
by Dean Fraser

The information technology driven world in which we exist results in us possessing the answer to virtually any question or the background to an individual we want to know more about, right there at our fingertips. This can lead many of us to expect similar kinds of instant results from our lives. Life rarely works […]

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Infinite Opportunities to Learn and Grow
by Jeanmarie Wilson – Ronkonkoma, NY

I was once advised to brand myself as a “parenting expert” as a school counselor for 29 years and having raised 2 children; I even wrote a book called Parenting from Your Soul. However, trying on that title out felt like putting on an itchy sweater; I couldn’t wait to get it off. The term […]

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“There are No Enlightened Men or Women —Only Enlightened Moments”
by Brenda Shoshanna – New York City

Many of us engage in practice in order to become better, smarter, stronger, more enlightened. There’s the fundamental feeling that as we are, something is wrong. We’re not okay, something fundamental is missing. This deep unease propels us into all kinds of struggles, fights, sorrow and unwise decisions. The compulsion to prove ourselves arises. We […]

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You Matter
by Milissa Castanza Seymour

bouquet of flowers

“We are created for significance!” ~Angela Maiers As summer ends, we get back to school and work, the stirring of new beginnings in the air. It’s a great time to say “hello” and make new connections. Humans thrive in relationship to others. We desire friendship and love. We need to feel important and supported yet […]

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The Importance of Challenge
by Ronald D. Whitmont MD – New York City

children playing tug-of-war game

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. ~ Mark Twain Following the news can be extremely discouraging. From the top of our society down, it seems that we are living in a world that no longer values honor, justice, truth or science. The government, which used to […]

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It’s Not Just “Going With the Flow”
by Sky Nelson-Issacs

I believe we are creatures of flow. Flow is natural to each of us in our own way. At a party we may feel engrossed in a conversation and want the rest of the party to disappear, or we may naturally feel the ending of the conversation when one person goes to refill their drink. […]

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The Best Rejection
by Alan Cohen – Hawaii

heart surrounding human figure

When composer George Gershwin was developing his career, he contacted his esteemed role model Maurice Ravel and asked if Ravel would take him on as a student. Ravel, familiar with Gershwin’s work, rejected him, replying, “Why become a second-rate Ravel when you are already a firstrate Gershwin?” A true teacher does not inculcate students to […]

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