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Discernment_ Pleasure Vs. Reward

Discernment: Pleasure Vs. Reward

As human after human declares themselves in trouble with their media addiction and we are collectively feeling our awake and aliveness threatened, I have a few thoughts to share. Being addicted to technology, from a brain standpoint, means we are neurobiologically wired to “reward”.  Because the brain so enjoys quick and easy access to reward experiences via technology, we can quickly become wired to seeking reward over pleasure. Giving your system a reward is like checking a checkbox on your to-do list; satisfying but

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Thanksgiving: Why Gratitude isn’t enough

Thanksgiving: Why Gratitude Isn’t Enough

It’s Thanksgiving season again, and even though a big day of food and family seems like it should be a welcome event, I have always despised this holiday. As far as I know, I believed all the construction paper pilgrim hat and feathered headdress stuff as a kid…but kids are smart and a something’s-weird-about-this feeling has always been with me around Thanksgiving. Of course, I now know a whole bunch of things nobody told me

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On the New Economy model and creating the world we want to live in

On the New Economy model and creating the world we want to live in

It is time to remember that the exchange of money is a deeply personal action–contrary to what we have been shown and experienced—exchange can take many forms and is based on love. In the world we have created, money is impersonal and simply pays for goods and services. Money is actually energy, energy is dynamic and alive, energy is a unique and specific expression to be shared differently in every circumstance and should be ours

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What’s your “Crack”?

What’s your “Crack”?

First, please forgive this term—for me it’s real. I did my student teaching back in the late 80’s in inner city Washington DC when the crack epidemic was a really big deal. I watched the impact this incredibly addictive drug had on communities (we did “shooting drills” in our classrooms with our children). And I also met scores of children born addicted to their parent’s drug of choice. A brain affected by crack is a

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What it means to Belong

What it means to Belong

Belonging   So conscience—our capacity to define right from wrong—defines our actions right?   A quote from a Rumi poem encourages us to transcend that: Out beyond wrong doing and right doing there is a field, I’ll meet you there.   While this is a favorite quote of mine and a real “place” and beautiful invitation, what if we are leaving out another important place?   The place of belonging.   It has been repeatedly

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Inner Hater

Inner Hater

Do you know your inner hater?  Do you know the potentially maniacal parts of yourself:   the killer, hijacker, suicide bomber?   One of the many things our current political arena is showing us* is what people who feel oppressed can do when given license to let their frustration, fear, and anger rip.  It looks scary to us, and we are so very glad we are educated and of the inclusive ilk. Right?   But, really,

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