Ian Lawton’s Articles

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 […]
They say to love your enemies, but no one tells you how to do it. It’s easy to think nice thoughts about difficult people when you’re alone, but how do you love the annoying work colleague, you know the one who’s like a shiver looking for a spine to run up. We’re supposed to find […]
If you are what you eat, you should definitely avoid chopped liver, waffles and all forms of nuts. Yet we are….what we eat, just as we are what we think. We eat our choices, we live our intentions, and we create our futures with each thought, word and meal. Wendell Berry wrote, “I eat my history […]
A blog is an intimate (even vulnerable) space. It seems right to do a little show and tell, so you can get to know some of the quirky, funny, and personal things about me, maybe even some things you prefer NOT to know. Here are 25 factoids that come to mind: 1. I LOVE LOVE […]
“When we learn to live in the moment free from the tyranny of “shoulds,” free from the nagging sensation that this moment isn’t right, we will have peaceful hearts.” ~ Joan Borysenko Joan Borysenko is an amazing person, a joy to be around, and one of the pioneers in the connection between mind and body. […]
We ALL want rock solid self confidence, but what is it and where does it come from? Here are some of my current thoughts on confidence. I don’t see myself as confident. Most of my life, I’ve attempted things I didn’t feel equipped for, but I tend to put my head down and go for […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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. […]

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]

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 […]
“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 […]