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Archive for December 2011

A Joyful Existence

Change occurs drop by drop, by doing small, repetitive activities.  If you want to infuse your life with joy, then you’ll need to take it one appealing step at a time.   My daughters tease me when I crack myself up with some stupid joke.  Well, this time I’ve inspired myself!  Thanks to the encouragement from…

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There is a word for it

  Shenpa.   What is shenpa? I appreciate Pema Chodron’s teachings on shenpa because she has helped me identify the insidious nature of my mind.  Have you ever had a broken tooth and been unable to stop your tongue from running over the jagged edge?  That is shenpa. The broken tooth can be an event…

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Charmed

  Did you know that in 1430 the original meaning of the word charm was a medley of goldfinches or a charm of angels singing?     We think of charm today as someone who is pleasing, something with a beautiful quality or a trinket on a bracelet.  I think the “olde” definition is more…

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