Managing Stress

Managing Stress

One of the largest threats to our well-being is stress. Stress is part of life. You promote your well-being by learning to manage stress. “Optimal” stress helps stimulate and activate you to live a productive and meaningful life. Without some…

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Principle vs. Pleasure

Thomas Jackson said, “I like liquor—its taste and its effects–and that is just the reason why I never drink it.” For Jackson, the pleasure of drinking felt dangerous, so to protect himself he never drank. The principle in question is…

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Service

Service

A friend of mine shared the following story with me: A plump Indian businessman, dripping with gold and diamonds, came one day to visit Mother Teresa, fell at her feet, and proclaimed, “Oh God, you are the holiest of the…

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Honest Recovery

Honest Recovery

Gary King once said, “There is no such thing as an inconsequential lie.” Honesty is so important to a successful life of recovery it deserves special emphasis. It is a cornerstone of integrity. Everyone lies. The person who says “I…

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The Next Right Thing

The Next Right Thing

Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” A fundamental human challenge is to do what is right in the face of urges to do otherwise. To do…

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Spiritual Intelligence

Spiritual Intelligence

Think of wise, kind, courageous people in your life. Perhaps they include a family member. Perhaps great spiritual leaders like Jesus or the Buddha. Perhaps other great leaders like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, or Nelson Mandela. Write down the 6…

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Adversity

Adversity

How do we thrive and prosper through adversity? Resilient people seem to have one thing in common: an unconditional reverence and respect for existence, for Life, for Reality. This reverence and respect for Reality persists despite Reality’s sometimes seemingly cruel,…

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Judge Not

Judge Not

One of the ways that we harm ourselves and others is by judging. Judging is an instinctive but unhelpful mental habit that poisons our capacity to love. When we do not love, we and others suffer. Judging comes in several…

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Let Go

Let Go

Frustration, resentments, regrets, fear, and negativity poison our well-being. Learn to let go to prevent unnecessary suffering. How do you let go? First see the cost of wanting to change what cannot be changed. See your suffering from grasping. Notice…

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Self-Love

Self-Love

Addiction starts and ends with a lack of self-love. Why would we destroy ourselves if there was not a part of ourselves that did not love us? Recovery starts and ends with self-love. If we truly loved ourselves completely, would…

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