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Like so many others I listened with horror recently as a French prosecutor, his hand shaking at times, told the world how a young German pilot intentionally crashed Germanwings Flight 9525 with 150 people aboard in the Swiss Alps.

The news was unbelievable, and yet in a way believable, such is the toxic climate of fear, rage and confusion sweeping our world.

As I was thinking about the terrible notion of a planeload of people plummeting to their death in a sickening descent I looked out of my study window and saw a bunny lying motionless on a grassy rise not twenty yards away.

There was lots of nice fresh grass all around him (or her) but the bunny wasn’t paying any attention to the grass. With his front paws tucked beneath him and his eyes partly closed, he was quite content to lie on the grass in perfect peace facing the rising sun.

As I communed for a few moments with this four-legged creature I thought to myself, not for the first time, what a paradox life is.

When we look at the world around us – perhaps even at our own lives—we see a world that is obviously in a state of tremendous flux. Huge changes are taking place. Events both terrifying and awe-inspiring are occurring in every moment.

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Seeing Cancer (and Life) in a New Light

Editor’s Note: The following is the introduction to a new book I have written in which I seek to offer encouragement and support to anyone diagnosed with cancer. The book shares some of my thoughts and experiences since being diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2013. The book is entitled The Upside of […]

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A timeless invitation for 2015

I send greetings and love as a New Year dawns and wish for you what I wish for myself — that you may be at peace and unafraid in the midst of whatever joys and perils lie ahead. Is this possible? Is this actually possible in such unpredictable times? It is possible, I believe, if […]

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I stepped out on the front porch first thing this morning to connect for a moment with the larger world of which I am part, and was overwhelmed by the grandeur of it all. It’s one of those clear, sunny days that Colorado is so good at, and as I looked up at the blue […]

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Claiming the gift of inner peace

If you or I were to win a lottery one day, I’m sure we would waste no time in claiming our reward. But we already possess a gift of enormous value given to us freely at our birth. It is the gift of inner peace — the peace of our own eternal presence – which […]

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Do you want to change your life?

“Stillness is the cornerstone of true character.”– Native American saying. Do you want to change your life? Do you want to heal your life? Make stillness your friend. In stillness is our solace. In stillness is the wisdom and courage we need to handle the tribulations and challenges of life. And in stillness we hear […]

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Thoughts from Heaven (2)

A moment of wonder As I walked out onto our front porch this morning, my gaze was drawn to the Russian Olive tree that stands a little distance from our house on a small hill. A robin was singing at the top of this tree. It’s a rather scrawny tree in a way but birds […]

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Thoughts from Heaven (1)

A thought about thoughts What to do with those negative thoughts that grab hold of you sometimes when you’re not looking and do their best to ruin your day or even your life? Some try to ignore them. Some try to change them. But really, who cares? You are an angel of light sent from […]

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It’s time to be free

It’s time to be free. You don’t have to disguise yourself any more. I don’t have to disguise myself any more. Turns out a great secret is in process of being revealed in this time of blood and chaos. We are being given the opportunity by a Universe of Love to acknowledge the truth that […]

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It’s natural, as we age, to wonder at times if our life has had meaning. I had a touching letter from an older reader the other day in which she says, “I don’t seek honor or praise, but just that I left the world a tiny bit better than had I not existed. I don’t […]

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Listening to our own calm, steadfast spirit

We live in a time of great change. Confusion, conflict and fear seem to be on the increase everywhere. And yet paradoxically, something else is intensifying also – the call of our own calm, steadfast spirit, unchanged and unharmed by any of the events transpiring in us or around us. Whether we face adversity in […]

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Doing our best every day no matter what

I received such a touching letter this morning from a reader of my blog who has become a close friend in the past few months, and who recently was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. “My life expectancy is about five years,” my friend wrote, “which I intend to live fully and make it longer!” We […]

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Please read my guest post at Good Life Zen

I’m happy to announce that my good friend, Mary Jaksch, has just published a guest post that I submitted to her a week or so ago entitled “Can adversity be a door to a new life?” I put a lot of myself into this post and would be delighted and very thankful if you’d like […]

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Is death really the end of everything?

Is death really the end of everything? No, it’s not. It’s the end of our physical body, obviously. But it’s not the end of our spirit. How could spirit, which is ageless, ever have an end? Heck, it doesn’t have a beginning, as far as I can see. Many years ago, when I was a […]

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The healing power of a smile

“The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the clothes one wears on one’s back.”—Dale Carnegie The human smile has been a source of wonder and mystery for ages.  We are still fascinated by the smile – or the suggestion of a smile – on Mona Lisa’s face. A lot of […]

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