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“A Beautiful Apocalypse is a splendid presentation of Integral ideas in a novel form—a highly readable, engaging, and altogether fun novel. Give it a little time and see if you don’t agree…” Ken Wilber—An Integral Vision I’m so happy to announce that the book is published, and available for purchase!…

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Do Our Thoughts Create Our Reality? Debunking and Reowning the Magical Thinking of New-Age, Self-Help Wish Fulfillment The simple statement that “our thoughts create our reality” has gained a lot of popularity over the past few decades, particularly in spiritual-but-not-religious circles. It acts as a mantra for people who genuinely…

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NPR’s Take on Happiness A broad look at happiness from a pop-star, some scientists, a businessman, and a monk I drove for over an hour on Christmas Eve eve, some of it in the middle of traffic. Holiday present-buying traffic—almost as bad as Black Friday traffic. I know I drove…

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Checking Our Assumptions Prolonging the “honeymoon” through openness and wonder Our Assumptions Often Lead to Unnecessary Suffering I was hosting a group at my house and a guy showed up who seemed callous and insensitive. He wasn’t reading social cues and he kept treating my cat unfairly. I was angry…

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Seeing Everyone’s Innocence What Happens When We Drop The Assumption that Someone Could be Different From How They Are? I’m talking with a friend, a mohawked guy sitting in front of the brick fireplace, fire gently cracking, a young couple cuddled on the front porch under a starless sky—and my…

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Exchange “Shy” for “Shine” A Quick Trick to Deepening Happiness When it is Already There In the past two days I’ve gotten to connect with two people who exhibited shyness over feeling positive emotions. I am fairly certain everyone has had this experience before. Rationally this does not make too…

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Is Pursuing Happiness Keeping You from Being Happy? A Christian Parable about Recognizing Love Is the very thing you want keeping you from what you want? You may have heard this story before—the riverbanks of a town are beginning to overflow and everyone is ordered to evacuate. A faithful man…

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Meditation Resource Guide Four Simple Suggestions to Deepen Your Awakening You’ve checked out the introduction to meditation, the guided meditation, the written guided meditation, and now you want to keep going. You know that what is most important is simply to practice, but you want more guidance. There are a…

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