Ian Lawton’s Articles

“It’s a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you’ve forgotten about.” ~ Alan Ball As I wrote last week, I’m growing to accept being an introvert. But that doesn’t mean I can’t sometimes surprise myself. Introvert and extrovert exist ... Continue Reading »
“For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: “I’m okay, you’re okay—in small doses.” ~ Jonathan Rausch I’m pleased by the recent interest in introverts; both because I AM one and because it’s helped to dispel some myths about introverts. Being an introvert is ... Continue Reading »
In the movie “We Bought A Zoo”, the Dad is talking to his son about starting a conversation with a girl he likes. He says, You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it. ... Continue Reading »

The Time Is Always Now

March 25th, 2014
This is it. Smell it, listen to it, feel it. This is life, happening all around you. The gentle sounds that fill the air, the aromas and energies that fill your senses. Inhale it all. Immerse yourself in this moment like salt in an immense ocean; when you are fully present, time and space dissolve ... Continue Reading »
It was like many conversations I have been in in my life. We were talking about Russia invading Ukraine and the role of the United States in the whole affair. Opinions were flying around the table at a rapid pace, certainty rising with each pronouncement. Then I had what can only be described as an ... Continue Reading »
I told a lie. That was bad enough, but to think that my kids heard me. I was paying for tickets and children under 7 were free. She had only JUST turned seven. It seemed harmless enough. It was the kind of lie that adults call white, to help us sleep at night, but a ... Continue Reading »
Some people want legal protection  if they choose not to do business with members of the LGBT community. Or as comedian Seth Myers said, “Nice shirt, nice shoes, no service.” The bill in Arizona (Religious Freedom Bill) was vetoed, but similar moves are being discussed in other states of America. I believe the bill was ... Continue Reading »

Awareness and Identity

February 25th, 2014
Getting an iPod changed my life. It’s a pocket sized miracle. It carries a lot of music, and a whole lot of me in it. The playlists are like a biography of various parts of my personality. There’s the workout play list; Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Sick Puppies, Bush…it’s all hard hitting and intense. The ... Continue Reading »
“Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change.” ~ Andrew Cohen Everybody wants to get enlightened but nobody wants to change. It’s a profound truth that ALL you need to do to realize enlightenment is to breathe in and out. It’s equally true that if you forget to do this, enlightenment will be ... Continue Reading »
I’ve been wondering about the origin of the phrase “wise guy” and I don’t think it started with the Three Stooges, “Ah, wise guy, eh!” as Moe stuck a couple of fingers in your eyes. Its an underground crime term; the good fellas, gangsters, wise guys. Lefty (Al Pacino in Donny Brasco) said, A wise ... Continue Reading »

Deep Seer Diving

February 4th, 2014
David Steindl-Rast said, Sometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of existence. But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realms of our being. If we are going to learn anything from the death of celebrities like Phillip Seymour Hoffman who die with ... Continue Reading »
Imagine having instant access to the greatest source of wisdom of all; combining the insights of every philosopher, book, class and spiritual tradition ever. You DO! It’s all written in nature. And nature is the craftiest teacher ever. Nature doesn’t TELL you anything. It SHOWS you the truth. In nature there is no distinction between ... Continue Reading »
Change is SO hard because it feels like the new reality doesn’t quite fit. It’s like when you wear a new pair of shoes. For a while you get blisters and feel awful and you miss your old shoes, and then before long you get used to the new shoes and it feels like you’ve ... Continue Reading »
  If you search Google for “Big Bang Theory” it lists the sitcom before the origins of the Universe. I love the TV show, but I don’t love the dumbing down of society. When more people believe in the devil than Evolution (as is the case in American Canada and Britain) you know we have ... Continue Reading »
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK, I was thinking about some of my favorite JFK quotes. This one stands out. We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives. Meg came up with a brilliant idea to practice this in our family. Each Thanksgiving ... Continue Reading »