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Archive | February, 2016

Immerse Week 9 – Past Can Be Changed

During this week you’ll change your past by looking at it with a different lens and develop greater equanimity toward life’s imperfections. Have you lived well? Dear friend, I was born with a biological instruction manual that is stored in the six-foot-long DNA, tightly packaged in the nucleus of my microscopic cells. Most of the […]

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Immerse Week 8 – Family Tree

How big and connected is your family tree? Dear friend, Some of the biggest known family trees in the world—of Confucius, Lurie, and King Niall—make up a fraction of the real family tree of each one of us. The family tree of Confucius, for example, over eighty-six generations, is believed to have about three million […]

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Immerse Week 8 – Gainful Losses

During this week you’ll cultivate a healthier attitude toward losses in life, and you’ll feel connected with a world much larger than your family, workgroup, or neighborhood. Overcoming the fear and regret of losing Dear friend, I fear losing. I fear loss of life, loved ones, respect, health, money, and much more. I know I […]

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Immerse Week 7 – Desire What You Deserve

What is a more realistic seeking? Dear friend, I should ask for what I genuinely deserve. I don’t deserve a life free of adversity. With a third of my fellow citizens experiencing chronic pain and half likely to develop cancer, I shouldn’t expect a pain-free, loss-free existence. It is more reasonable to request greater courage […]

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Immerse Week 6 – It’s Up to Us

Soften your biases and invite values. Dear friend, Max, a fourth grader, is standing in the principal’s office with his head down. He just hit a classmate in the face. He knows the drill. But who is to blame? Is Max the one to blame? Did he fail us, or did we fail him? This […]

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Immerse Week 6 – Count Your Blessings

During this week you’ll be intentional about counting your blessings, and you’ll develop a healthier connection with others by recognizing their priorities and honoring their constraints. What is as important as being blessed? Dear friend, During a flight I saw a child inconsolably crying; she had been denied a second lollipop. Her dad, keeping her […]

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Immerse Week 5 – A Different World

You can live in a different world by changing how you look at your familiar world. Dear friend, Raised inner eyebrows and high cheekbones—our brain uses these two signs to decide whether a face is trustworthy. And we decide that in about thirty milliseconds—before we can even recognize whom that face belongs to. Until very […]

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Immerse Week 5 – Worries

During this week you’ll try to befriend your worries and look at others and your world with fresh eyes (perspective). The right worries Dear friend, On most days I struggle with one or more worries. I worry because I have preferences. I worry because I wish my world to be safer. I worry because I […]

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