Inner Peace Articles

Larry’s been visiting more often lately. But he’s not what I expected him to be. He doesn’t grin from ear to ear or skip down the street. He’s more contentment than carnival clown, more acceptance than ecstasy. I don’t think it’s just me. I think it’s got something to do with aging. People of age […]
It’s an odd lesson to learn, one that has been poking and prodding at me for years. I haven’t quite figured it all out yet and  feel as though I shouldn’t even speak about it for fear of being labeled a pessimist, because I really don’t think I am, for I always see the wine […]
Like so many people, I was shocked by the death of Robin Williams. Ever since he na nu, na nu’ed his way into our hearts as Mork from Ork, he’s been making us laugh, think and cry. He played characters that projected incredible optimism and insight. As a great actor, he knew how to project […]
You know you’re “home” when you feel like crying in a supermarket car park while pushing a shopping trolley loaded with overpriced basics, just because. Just because the moment is perfect and just because it’s all so familiar. I have never lived in this small seaside town before. Five months ago we lived on the […]
Closure is a myth, but progress is not. Nothing ends and nothing stays the same, which means you never arrive AND you never stay still. Living in the middle like this is a delicate balance and a big part of living skillfully. Here are three applications of this idea: The further you go, the deeper […]

Small is Beautiful

February 26th, 2013
Freddie Mercury, the larger than life lead singer for Queen, said The bigger the better; in everything. With all due respect to Freddie, and I have  LOT of respect for him, I’m not so sure about this one. When size is the prize, nothing is ever big enough. The bigger is better mindset is one […]

How Much Is Enough?

February 12th, 2013
How much money, possessions, fitness, love, trust, happiness, anything….. is enough to satisfy our cravings? The biggest problem with the consumer driven mindset is that it dulls our inner “enough” alarm. It’s like Aesop’s famous story about the goose and the golden egg. The farmer was down on his luck when one day he saw […]
Author and activist Terry Tempest Williams wrote about “staying in the middle” in Leap. In the middle of my life, I am coming to see the middle path as a walk with wisdom where conversations of complexity can be found, that the middle path is the path of movement. . . . In the right […]

Inner Peace and Acceptance

December 2nd, 2012
I was surfing channels recently and caught the scene in the Jack Nicholson movie As Good As It Gets. Nicholson plays the part of Melvin who has extreme OCD. In this scene Melvin is leaving the psychiatrist’s office after another frustrating session. He walks into the waiting room full of glum looking people, looks around […]

Inner Peace Hits the Spot

November 25th, 2012
“That hit the spot.” It’s such a common phrase that we take its meaning for granted. After a fabulous meal or a quiet nap we say, “That really hit the spot” or on a hot summer’s day we say “That ice cold drink hit the spot”. After hearing an awesome piece of music you might […]