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Fear. Anger. Sadness. Horror. They are all natural reactions to the wave of terror in Paris, City of Light. But there is one other reaction that--difficult though it may be to acknowledge, let alone embody, in times like this—is required of us if we are ever to emerge out of the endless violence and division consuming our planet.

Somehow, we must find the strength to pause for a moment, and instead of merely feeling outrage and fear and calling for vengeance on the perpetrators and all those who agree with them and are their accomplices, go deep into our own heart and consider an ancient truth.

“We are one.”

I have no idea when this truth was first planted in the divine soil of our own consciousness.

But I do know this: If we are to survive these times in which we live and see unfold in our lives the joy and peace that is our birthright, we must honor this ancient truth. Putting it another way, we must honor the love that is at the core of our being.

Love, it has been said, is comprised of wisdom and compassion. These are the wings upon which love soars.

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Announcing a giveaway at Goodreads

I’m happy to announce that I am giving away ten signed copies of my new book, The Upside of Cancer: How a Feared Illness Led Me to Courage, Wisdom and Inner Peace, as part of a giveway at Goodreads. The giveway begins at midnight Wednesday, October 14 and ends on Wednesday, October 28. This offer is open to all […]

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Finding joy while facing cancer

I’m sorry that I haven’t been posting as much recently as I once did. But I’m happy to say that I am feeling a new wind at my back, a new sense of purpose for my blog and for my life. Why should illness or age dictate whether we still live our life with purpose […]

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Seeing adversity in a new light

If you go to Amazon Books and type The Upside of Cancer into the search bar, you will see residing in all its glory an image of the front cover of my new book along with details about the book. The paperback version is $6.99. The Kindle book is $2.99. The sub-title is: How a […]

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What is prosperity?

Sometimes a complaint or two passes my lips, but fundamentally, I like getting older. And the reason is simple. The more time I am alive in this physical form my parents named Christopher, the more opportunity I have to grow, and change, and become more conscious of the wonder of creation and the freedom and […]

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Don’t fall for fear’s little trick

Just because you feel a ripple of fear move through you in the face of this circumstance or that doesn’t mean you are somehow unworthy. It doesn’t mean you are a coward. It doesn’t mean you have to chastise yourself. This is one of fear’s favorite little tricks. He (if it is a he) enters […]

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Turning fear into joy

I’d like to share a few thoughts about fear. Seeing that I am of a certain vintage known as octogenarians, I’ve had a lot of opportunity to study fear, reflect on fear, and, of course, feel fear. And here’s what I have learned. Trying to ignore fear doesn’t work. Trying to suppress fear doesn’t work. […]

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Finding peace in the midst of horror

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 […]

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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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Accepting our abundant nature

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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