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(The) Gifts of Imperfection: #A-Z Challenge

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“I don’t believe that compassion is our default response. I think our first response to pain–ours or someone else’s–is to self-protect. We protect ourselves by looking for someone or something to blame. Or sometimes we shield ourselves by turning to judgment or by immediately going into fix-it mode.” The Gifts[…]

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(The) Faraway Nearby: #A-Z Challenge

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“We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us to love, or to hate, to see or to be blind. Often, too often, stories saddle us, ride us, whip us onward, tell us what to do, and we do it without questioning. The task of learning to[…]

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(The) End of Absence: #A-Z Challenge

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“Absence isn’t going to return to us easily. Just as we decide to limit our intake of the sugars and fats that we’re designed to hoard, we now must decide to sometimes keep at bay the connectivity we’re hardwired to adore. We must remain as critical of technological progress as[…]

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Deep Play: #A-Z Challenge

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“Deep play requires one’s full attention. It feels cleansing because, when acting and thinking become one, there is no room left for other thoughts. Problems aren’t shelved–they don’t exist during deep play. Life’s usual choices and relationships are suspended. The past never happened and the future won’t arise. One is suspended between[…]

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Coming Home to Myself: #A-Z Challenge

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“It is easier to try to be better than you are than to be who you are.” Coming Home to Myself: Reflections for Nurturing a Woman’s Body & Soul by Marion Woodman and Jill Mellick Easier? I have spent a lifetime dreaming of and seeking transformation, immersing in the challenge of[…]

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Beauty, The Invisible Embrace: #A-Z Challenge

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“A world without beauty would be unbearable. Indeed the subtle touches of beauty are what enable most people to survive. Yet beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly notice it. Everywhere there is tenderness, care and kindness, there is beauty.” Beauty: The Invisible Embrace by John[…]

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Ageless Soul: #A-Z Challenge

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“Aging is an activity. It is something you do, not something that happens. When you age–active verb–you are proactive. If you really age, you become a better person. If you simply grow old, passively, you get worse.” Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy by Thomas Moore Several friends[…]

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A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

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I learned of the A to Z Blogging Challenge from Profound Journey tribe member and blogger, Deb. Deb pens wise and witty posts at The Widow Badass. The premise of the A to Z Blogging Challenge is simple: 26 days of blogging about anything you want, one letter at a[…]

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