Month: January 2015

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Saying Goodbye

I have been a psychologist for almost four decades. There have been several occasions in my professional life when I have dealt with death closely. I have also experienced the loss of both of my parents; and the loss of a dear mentor. They have all been painful, of course: every death of a loved one leaves a big blank space in our lives. However, these losses were also profoundly spiritual events that have transformed me for the better – death is, after all, one of the greatest ‘mysteries’ of the human experience. When we come in contact with death, everything changes because we see the world through different eyes.

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The Glory of Friendship

I love my friends. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. There are friends who live in town and whom I see regularly – they are the spice of my life and make everything twice as wonderful. There are also friends I don’t see very often, except for when they are visiting – like Peter Criswell in the photo here; he was one of our first retreatants at LifePath, several years ago! – or when I travel to visit them. Those encounters are always something I look forward to, and they never fail to be a source of insight and sheer joy.

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Bloom from kindness, even in Winter

All flowers are beautiful, each in its own way. I particularly marvel at the ones that keep blooming even during winter. Here in San Miguel we are blessed with beautiful and awe-inspiring sights all year long; but for some reason, I always find that the floral beauty of San Miguel is more evident during the cold months. There’s just something so powerful and poignant about the message conveyed by winter blooms.

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The danger of illusion

How many times do we act motivated by situations, ideas or things that are not real?We can even make (or not make) life-changing decisions while under the spell of illusions. Think about how risky that is: you can paralyse yourself over something that will never really exist. Imagine not doing something you’ve always wanted to do just because you are under the illusion that if you do it, something horrible will happen. Isn’t it sad, and frustrating?

Read More »

Saying Goodbye

I have been a psychologist for almost four decades. There have been several occasions in my professional life when I have dealt with death closely. I have also experienced the loss of both of my parents; and the loss of a dear mentor. They have all been painful, of course: every death of a loved one leaves a big blank space in our lives. However, these losses were also profoundly spiritual events that have transformed me for the better – death is, after all, one of the greatest ‘mysteries’ of the human experience. When we come in contact with death, everything changes because we see the world through different eyes.

Read More »

The Glory of Friendship

I love my friends. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without them. There are friends who live in town and whom I see regularly – they are the spice of my life and make everything twice as wonderful. There are also friends I don’t see very often, except for when they are visiting – like Peter Criswell in the photo here; he was one of our first retreatants at LifePath, several years ago! – or when I travel to visit them. Those encounters are always something I look forward to, and they never fail to be a source of insight and sheer joy.

Read More »

Bloom from kindness, even in Winter

All flowers are beautiful, each in its own way. I particularly marvel at the ones that keep blooming even during winter. Here in San Miguel we are blessed with beautiful and awe-inspiring sights all year long; but for some reason, I always find that the floral beauty of San Miguel is more evident during the cold months. There’s just something so powerful and poignant about the message conveyed by winter blooms.

Read More »

The danger of illusion

How many times do we act motivated by situations, ideas or things that are not real?We can even make (or not make) life-changing decisions while under the spell of illusions. Think about how risky that is: you can paralyse yourself over something that will never really exist. Imagine not doing something you’ve always wanted to do just because you are under the illusion that if you do it, something horrible will happen. Isn’t it sad, and frustrating?

Read More »

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