The Most Important Key to Healthy Aging

In my recent post, 4 Ways to Embrace Aging, I offered five hints but should have offered a sixth. What’s most important when growing older, I believe, is to treat the body with compassion. There is a temptation to micro-manage … Continue reading

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Success is an Inside Job

One of the things I find delightful about writing is the way it helps me shape my views. In a recent email exchange with my friend, Larry Berkelhammer, PhD, I began by offering advice but ended up changing my opinion. … Continue reading

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Old Age: A Remedy for Early Trauma?

As many of us understand too well, adversity during childhood leads to later problems with identity, concentration, reactivity, and relationships. Yet although I’m far from the person who might have emerged had I been raised with love, in recent years … Continue reading

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What? Success Doesn’t Ensure Happiness?

The self-inflicted death of Robin Williams is pushing my buttons. And while I’ve read many commentaries, I have yet to come across one that speaks to the issue I find most affecting, so I feel prompted to chime in. My … Continue reading

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Ahimsa

Fourteen years ago my mind broke, though I prefer to say it broke open. In my nearly five hundred WillSpirit essays, I’ve often discussed that mental shattering. As its fourteenth anniversary approaches, I find myself living the consequences in the … Continue reading

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Sweet Favors

Of late, poetry has been occupying me more than blogging, a shift which started with some intense work around an application for a writing fellowship. In my entire life there’ve only been a few times I have applied myself with … Continue reading

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The Question We Should Never Ask

How are you? Sounds innocent enough, but this query might be the wellspring of unhappiness. When others ask us this simple question, we often answer, “fine,” or “good,” or “great!” without looking within. Little harm there. But when we ask … Continue reading

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Embracing Enthusiasm

My father offered me only one apology that sounded deeply meant. In the last year of his life he told me how bad he felt about the way he treated me when I was very young. We didn’t know his … Continue reading

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