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Awareness and Self-Actualization Revisisted

The majority of those of us in the self-improvement, metaphysical or spiritual movement idealize a time when we are able to fully incorporate and live from the remembrance of the truths we have come to believe. Although we may disagree on the content of those beliefs, we are universal in our desire to become what Abraham Maslow has termed “self-actualized.” We believe it is possible for us to become all that we can be and remain in a state of awareness without the slumber of unconsciousness…


Added by Shannon Crane on July 20, 2015 at 8:20pm — 1 Comment

A Reminder to Live Life to the Fullest

“A female tourist that was struck and killed by a ’Ride the Ducks’ boat vehicle in Philadelphia’s Chinatown section has been identified.” Her name was Liz. At age 68, she was the youngest of my mother’s circle of friends. She was zany and full of life. I was privileged to know her.

The web story of what happened wouldn't have reached that many of us. For me, I'd have never seen it if I hadn't gone looking.  People get hit and killed by cars every day. The fact that it was a land and…


Added by Shannon Crane on May 21, 2015 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

Overcoming Obstacles

"There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” Rosalynn Carter

Would you just shut up!” The caregiver’s voice cut sharp across the dining hall. Nearby another aide responded “I don’t know what’s wrong with her, she’s been acting up all day!” I was shocked to hear this exchange at a fairly high-end…


Added by Shannon Crane on March 20, 2015 at 8:43am — 3 Comments

Paradox of Being

Life begins to transform when we are able to catch ourselves the moment our thoughts become feelings. For most of us, we get “bad news” and our day is ruined. Someone makes a statement in such a way we hear only criticism or judgment: *poof* our sense of serenity is shattered. We’re cut off in traffic and our blood boils.

When we are unaware these shifts were created by how we assigned meaning to an external event, life feels out of our control. However, merely attempting to…


Added by Shannon Crane on February 10, 2015 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Happiness Is an Inside Job

Although bookstores are becoming obsolete, the proliferation of personal development and self-help publications continues. Most books aimed at personal development or labeled "self-help" are purchased by those of us who have read a bunch of others. After all, have you ever met anyone who just had one of that type of book on their shelf?

So why is it that we can have an intellectual understanding of the concepts inherent in so much of these materials, and yet feel as if…


Added by Shannon Crane on February 9, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

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