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How to Avoid Being Attacked by Zebras

“A problem well put is half solved.”
― John Dewey
“Zebra” is a slang term in American medicine for arriving at an elaborate medical diagnosis when a more mundane one is more likely. It comes from the analogy of hearing hooves, seeing a mane and tail and guessing zebra when it’s far more likely to be

By |July 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Hidden Path of Purpose

“Sometimes you don’t know when you’re taking the
first step through a door until you’re already inside.”
– Ann Voskamp
There are several myths about what it takes to live one’s purpose that I’ve observed, both in my clients and popular media:
1. It requires a leap of faith.

2. You have to go all in or not

By |June 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

3 (Simple) Steps to a Better Life

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the
unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
Hans Hofmann
I write this at a time of massive momentum and change in my life. I got engaged in October, started back to school in January, and am now in the process of buying a house and planning my wedding while

By |April 5th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Surprising Benefits of Low Vibrations

“The walls we build around us to keep
sadness out also keeps out the joy.”
Jim Rohn
There is a very real truth that has been co-opted by problem-solving consciousness. By co-opted I mean misinterpreted and changed to the point of being almost unrecognizable.

The truth is that everything – thoughts, feelings, objects – vibrate at magnetic frequencies,

By |February 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why Purpose is Hard to Find

“The purpose of life is to discover your gift. The work of life is to develop it.
The meaning of life is to give your gift away.”
― David Viscott
“What is my purpose?” has become almost a catchphrase, as people at all stages of life imagine there is something more and better for them to

By |January 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Fear Cannot Survive

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
― Plato
Every child will, at some point, experience a version of the monster in the closet. Vague shadows that the imagination fills in with menacing detail.

The remedy for this situation is

By |November 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Key to Your Power

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky.
Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh

I got engaged last week.
While this very good news, it’s not without turmoil. There’s the work of planning a wedding, accompanied by the inner roller coaster that comes with any major life change, no matter how welcome.

I’ve found

By |October 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

4 Books to Change Your Life

“Some books leave us free and some books make us free.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
This month’s post is slightly different from my usual article. Instead of exploring a core concept to help improve the experience of life, I have several books to recommend.

This is mainly because I’ve found them to be so potent for transforming life

By |September 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Secret to Instant Transformation

“When we stop thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
Joseph Campbell
A few years ago I did an experiment at the behest of my Tai Chi teacher. It was to not talk about myself for one week. The experience had such a profound, life-changing effect I wrote an article

By |August 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Life Actually Works

“If you want to become whole, let yourself be partial.
If you want to become straight, let yourself be crooked.”
Tao te Ching (Stephen Mitchell translation)
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
Newton’s Third Law of Motion
There is an important aspect of reality I’ve struggled for a long time to articulate. It’s something

By |July 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments