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How I Think About Giving on the Street

When it comes to our stories, most of us want to think of ourselves as people who are supportive of others. How much of your story involves giving to those in your community who are less fortunate? Many people don’t often ask this question of themselves until a stranger asks them for money. In that moment, they have to make a decision. Shamans say that we live in ayni, or mutuality, with the ...

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The Secret of Sublime Living

When was the last time you watched the sun rise over the horizon, or observed the changing colors of the clouds as the orange sun retreated at the end of the day? When was the last time you laughed with your best friend, or felt the grass, earth, or sand underneath your bare feet? The Japanese have a term, “awaremu,” for the sublime moment of perfection just before it fades. Sometimes trans...

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Yearning for Something Else

How much of your story has involved yearning for something else, versus working with what you have? When I was a teenager, I spent time in my grandparents’ house in Paris, Kentucky. It was a small house with one bathroom, which had a radio. One day, instead of the usual bluegrass music, I heard the station play a song called “For Your Precious Love” by Jerry Butler and the Impressions. Th...

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The Power of Storytelling for Individual and Organizational Change

Many say casually, “You could write a book about what I’ve been through!” But how much time do we spend considering the stories of our lives? Being able to describe the story simply can help  us to recognize the archetypal energies that are affecting us. A person who says “I’m always the bridesmaid and never the bride,” or “I must have been born under a bad sign because I’m unluck...

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Breaking Through Obstacles So You Can Write a New Story

What is your story? There’s a story that you’d like other people to see, and the story you’d like it to be, but then there is the story as it really is. Is it satisfying to you, or do you want to write a new story? If you do, you may find that breaking through obstacles is difficult. To write a new story, you need to start with looking at your current story, painful though it may be.  I...

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