Tag Archive | fear

Writing Off Conditioning: How to Let Go of the Dream Your Parents Created for You


Hello readers, I read a lot about human nature and experience, because I have always wanted to understand why people do what they do.  We have all been conditioned by our families, by the culture and society in which we live, to be a certain self.  And, for the most part, we identify with that […]

Vision: Creating Thoughts to Make Our Lives More Joyful


Hello readers, Thoughts are an art form.  For most of my life, I was conditioned to believe that the world exists and that I must adapt to it.  It is only through my explorations of books, gleaning wisdom from the experiences and reflections of other people as well as my own that I have come to […]

Some Thoughts on the Power of Fear and Negativity…and How to Go Beyond


Hello readers, While I was rinsing some beans at my kitchen sink the other evening, the thought came into my mind that the many stressful challenges and “negative” experiences that have peppered my life were expressly chosen by me before coming to this Earth and this lifetime for a specific purpose.  I often wonder why […]

Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Others… A Book Review


Hello readers, As personal responsibility and self-awareness are two of my favorite topics to ponder, you can well imagine that I was immediately drawn to British author Charlie Campbell’s 2011 book, “Scapegoat”. This brief history of blaming, shaming, and diminishing other people in order to feel better about one’s own self or group; creating cohesion […]

How Do You Love Your Enemies?


Hello readers, During this past week or so, I have been contemplating the meaning of the commandment / expression: “love your enemies”.  Obviously not meant to be a simple task, nonetheless, there is a lot to think about regarding the meaning of this phrase.  Do you have enemies?  If you live in society with other […]

A Nation Addicted to Fear: Is There Room for Love Here?


Hello readers, As a nation and as individuals, we have all been shaken by the recent violence against the staff and innocent students of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  And it is our responsibility as adults, as citizens, parents, and as human beings to reflect on the reasons behind such senseless violence.  In […]