Category: Psychology and The Good Life

75) Dances with Wolves, Part 1: Gas-lighters, Narcissists, and Spiritual Predators

In the previous post, I talked about the Law of Attraction, and argued that it was easily weaponized, often wielded to terrible effects in relationships, and in particular, a weapon-of-choice for certain types of unhealthy, difficult kinds of personalities, the kinds of people who cause a disproportionate amount of the struggles and conflict that happen…

27) Gratitude Day 7: Breaking Your Vows

I am grateful for a Rumi poem. It’s the opening poem to the beautiful book, The Illuminated Rumi. “Come, come, whoever you are! Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again , come ,…

26) Gratitude Day 6: Dad

I am grateful for my dad. There are a lifetime of reasons why, but let me share just a few. He taught me a fair  amount of what I know about living in this world. These lessons weren’t always easy to learn. But so many of the important ones aren’t. My dad is tough as…

25) Gratitude Day 5: Aging

I’m grateful for aging. Once you become an adult, you spend a few years thinking you’re pretty much still the same as you were before your 19th birthday (yes, 19 where I live…..how can you be an adult if you can’t buy yourself a beer?). Just cooler. Cuz not only can you buy that aforementioned…

23) Gratitude Day 4: Gary Gygax

I’m grateful for Gary Gygax. For creating a system of collaborative story-telling. A vehicle for journeying in your imagination. A world for creating worlds. A spelunking kit for exploring the depths of your own character. A game, for trying on different masks and seeing how they make you feel. A test, for your courage, greed,…

22) Gratitude Day 3: Bugs

I’m grateful for bugs. There is a SOUND that I associate in my memory with the idyllic little farm where I spent the best years of my childhood.  And I know it is a real memory, because I went back one day, 25 years after leaving that place, and the very moment I stepped out…

21) Gratitude Day 2: Humour

I’m grateful for humour. It’s a big part of why hanging out with people is rewarding. It bonds us, lets us step back from hardship for a few moments, brings perspective in the midst of despair, and sometimes, at its best, can build bridges across divides. And it’s just….fun! (Of course, it can also further…

20) Gratitude — Day 1

I am grateful for Slider. I’ve had him since I was 3 or 4, and he’s been in my bedroom (or now, usually my kids’ bedroom, cuz he gets to hang out with their stuffies and go on adventures when we’re all asleep or out of the house….of course….). He is the perfect shape for…

14) Free Sex! Free Drugs! Free Gold Bars!!! And a rowboat…

Did you ever sing Row Row Row Your Boat?  Hey, I did too!  Did you realize that it held the Secret to Life?  Neither did I. Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and others, showed us that our minds are not our own individual ‘things’, but rather, partake of, are shaped by, and continue to be influenced…

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