What are you thinking?

Perhaps you’ve heard: “Thoughts held in mind produce after their kind.” In a lyric composed many years ago, I wrote:

There’s no getting around it:
the world is what you make it to be.
You see and hear, yes you perceive,
and then the mind such stories it weaves!

Our minds are very powerful human computers! And their job is to think. That can be a very good thing. With our minds, we solve problems, explore possibilities, and vision the future we wish to create.

Our thinking minds, however, if left unguarded, can guide us astray. Continue reading “What are you thinking?”

Sphere of Influence

Painting by Lynee Phelps

Helplessness doesn’t help anyone. Yet many of us feel helpless in the face of all that our world needs. Everywhere we turn, there is pain, devastation, fear, confusion.

How can I have any impact on the vast need I see?
What is mine to do?

Today, more than anything else, dare to trust that your actions, however large or small they seem, will have an impact. Continue reading “Sphere of Influence”

Are you a change agent?

Do you want to have a positive and powerful impact on the world around you? Do you want to influence others? Do you want to be a “change agent”?

If you answered yes, then I hope you will ponder deeply these two quotes:

Hurt people hurt people. ~ Sarah Crawford

Read it again if you need to. People who are hurt or are hurting, often hurt others and often unintentionally.

Transformed people transform people. ~ Richard Rohr

Read that one again. If you: Continue reading “Are you a change agent?”

Listening Power … continued!

Recently, I wrote about the power of listening and suggested four steps to help you improve your own deep listening. There are two other perspectives on listening that I’d like to address here:

  1. being a good listener to oneself
  2. moving beyond the impasse of broken connection in an intimate relationship

Sometimes, in relationship with someone we care deeply about, listening stops. Continue reading “Listening Power … continued!”