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um-020111-emailOK, I might as well get to this. I’ve been putting it off for three days now. And it wasn’t until this morning’s yoga session that I narrowed the search for what to talk about this week. I have a feeling this one’s for me, since I doubt that too many will read it on New Year’s Day. So, here goes.

This week’s inquiry is Completion. I know, it’s obvious to think about it at the end of the year, before the clock ticks to 12:01 a.m., January 1st. It’s natural to look around my office and see the stacks of paper with no destination, and around the house and see those areas that need some love, and dusting. read more


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inq-12.18.09-blogWhen I ask myself the question, “What matters most?” and think about what has stood the test of time, I always come back to one sure thing — friends. It seems natural to cultivate good, long lasting friendships.

As an entry point for inquiry, it may also be a way to connect the dots between what you value in others and what you value in yourself. This is important to understanding why you do what you do, and what you want to do with the rest of your life.

One way to approach this inquiry is to look for connecting points. Connections are evident when and where your values match those of your friends. The more places you intersect, the more likely your friendships will last over time. read more


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inq-121109-blogThe more I try my hand at writing, the more intrigued I get with words. I look up the meaning of words a lot more now, and I’m often surprised by the shades and nuances I find there. This week I’ve been entranced by two words: quality and quantity.

They came into view when I began to look at what matters most as an evolutionary impulsion. I don’t believe we make major changes in the direction of our life because of random selection. We make life-changing decisions because, somewhere in us, we know that doing so will evolve us. If this were not the case, our children would be just like us.

This is where quality and quantity come into play. read more


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inq-120409-blogThe other day, while driving around town, I pulled up to some train tracks at the same time as a school bus, which stopped before it crossed the tracks. I vaguely remembered the law about not passing a stopped bus, and I made a quick decision, and stopped too. Then I heard a horn behind me, and looked back to see the face of an irate driver in a truck, just a few feet from my bumper. I was startled out of my early morning trance, glancing back often to make sure he didn’t slam into the back of my car. When we pulled up next to each other at the red light, he glared and mouthed insults, and I gave him a hand signal to let him know what I thought of him.

I don’t lose my temper like that much anymore, and when I do I can feel an adrenaline rush that sometimes lasts for hours, a fight or flight reflex that I’m sure has been encoded in my DNA over millions of years of evolution. However much I would like to lash out in those moments at someone else, I have a secondary response, which is to rise above the momentary lapses of reason. I call this new evolutionary impulse Paulette. Fortunately, she happened to be in the car with me that day. read more


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Last week, I posed the question, “How do you gain access to what you don’t already know?” I’ve been holding this question in mind all week as well. From time to time, with little or no effort on my part, I would remember it. Then I would come to the question behind the question, which is about knowing and not knowing, and what I can learn from each one.

I have a preference for not-knowing as you can probably tell, because I have seen the way knowing gets in the way, especially when something new is being explored. read more


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First, I want to thank you for coming here today. Your presence adds to our collective intention, and creates a subtle bond that calls up the best in each of us.

My intention for this blog is that it be a forum for discovery; a place to bring awareness to what is important and beneficial, with suggestions on how to put what is discovered into action. The best way I know to enhance discovery is through practice, so I will encourage you to put the theme of each week into practice, and then to notice what you notice. Future posts will address your questions and observations, to help make the experience as interactive as possible. I hope you will report what you notice in the comments area — to deepen your own understanding, and so others can learn from it. read more