17 — The Human Impact of Poverty

Close your eyes for a moment and deeply feel one or more of the following:

  • You can’t stop by a Starbuck’s or Pete’s or your favorite coffee house for even a latte because that might make a difference in whether or not your child has something to eat that evening.
  • You have to stop going out to lunch every day, or even once a week, because the $60 a month you’d spend for lunch is needed to pay your phone or water bill.
  • You just scrape by each month paying the utilities, taking advantage of your utility company’s willingness to let you stretch your back payments over several months.
  • You can no longer afford to buy organic fruits and vegetables because of the cost difference.
  • You try to eat fewer meals so that you have enough to pay the rent or the utilities or for food for your children.

Sound impossible in Marin County? Think again! It’s very real in Marin County, and it’s greatest impact is on our county’s children! Continue reading


16 — Can You Change Your Mind?

Where did this question come from? I received an e-mail today—one of many that I get because someone who promised not to sell my e-mail address sold it anyway—the title of which was “Subconscious Mind v. Conscious Mind.” The link took me to a short video clip that was actually about the Reticular Activating System, or RAS. The speaker proceeded to talk about how all you had to do was keep your goals constantly in mind and you would sensitize the RAS to ensure that, whatever those goals were, they would now start coming true because the RAS would watch for them for you and somehow or other filter them from the 10’s of millions of stimuli you receive each day/hour/minute in your subconscious mind.

The speaker’s comments reflected the widespread popular confusion about … Continue reading


15 — Reflections on Relationships and Intimacy

The following appeared August 18 on the Ultimate Life Today Facebook page:

When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I’ve got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes. Suddenly I didn’t know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly. She didn’t seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why? Continue reading


14 — Where’s the Sanity in the World?

I have several e-mail addresses, one of which dates back to about 1993 and another to about 2004. As you can imagine, I get a lot of subscribed, solicited, and unsolicited mail in my inbox for both of these e-mails. Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails about things our illustrious Congress is doing or considering or trying to get passed—like closing post offices and stopping Saturday mail delivery, or a bill to replace peer review at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a set of funding criteria chosen and overseen by Congress, which the sponsoring congressman wants to use as a model for every federal science agency we have.  Continue reading


13 — “Truly” Awakening Your Passion

So, what is this? I thought we explored finding your passion in 1 — Empowering Yourself—Finding Your Passion!? Didn’t we? Well, we explored some ways of seeking out clues as to what your passion might be. But we also talked about your passion as coming from a deep inner resource. That deep inner resource is called many things: your higher self, your spirit, your soul, the “big” I, higher consciousness, and so on. All of these naming conventions are intended to do two things: differentiate that deep inner resource from your ego or self, and to imply its connection/relationship to the Divine force that is within all of us. It is the source of your creativity and is that driving inner force that “lights you up, ignites your fires, drives you to pursue it.” Continue reading


12 — The “Truth” About Making Money Online

What is the “truth” about Internet businesses and making money online? Over the past few weeks I’ve received a tremendous number of unsolicited e-mails about how to make a lot of money online “this afternoon” or “overnight” or make money at home on the Internet by following “a few simple steps,” and I can do this because the sender (or the person they refer to) made “$710,000 in 30 days” or makes “$428/hour” or … You’ve probably received some of these, too—if you haven’t, all you need to do is respond to one of the “make money online” links or ads that come up in Google when you search for online businesses and you’ll be added to “opt-in” e-mail lists that are then resold and resold and resold. Continue reading


11 — Commitment + Passion + Humility = ???

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What does it take to be successful? In life? In business or career? In pursuing your dreams? We’ll assume that the goals you’ve chosen are not so far beyond your capabilities that they would be impossible to achieve, but even this statement is suspect because it may be your mind that is limiting you with its subliminal messages—such as “Oh, I couldn’t possibly do that” or “I’m not worth that”—or your friends or family who doubt your ability to live your dream.

By the way, take a look again at the discussion in Blog 6 — Who Are You? Who Am I? about dreamboards and what they can do for you. Also see my review of DreamItAlive.com.

Successfully pursuing your dreams requires much more than just hard work, … Continue reading


10 — Inner Integrity Part II: The Reality

My previous blog on inner integrity was a pretty academic discussion of one way of viewing the foundations of inner integrity. Today, I’d like to look at the reality of inner integrity. How have I experienced inner integrity—or the lack of it? How have you experienced it? We’ll also look at a TEDx talk by Mike Robbins, who has written about authenticity in his book, Be Yourself: Everyone Else is Taken. We’ll look at what is authenticity—how is it related to inner integrity? Here’s Mike’s talk on authenticity: Continue reading


9 — Inner Integrity Part I: A Teaching

What came to me in this morning’s meditation is to write about inner integrity—what is it, what does it mean to me, why should I live with inner integrity, and how do I know if I am living with inner integrity? But as I started to write, it became clear that exploring inner integrity also involves exploring feelings and emotions, and clearly understanding the differences between the two…  Continue reading


8 — New Streams of Income: Network or Multi-Level Marketing

So, you’ve got some insight into what the real, deeper you is all about (see blog 6 — Who Are You? Who Am I? for some suggestions about surfacing the real you). And maybe you’ve now got some ideas about what you’re passionate about. And maybe you’ve even got some ideas about how to base a living on that passion. Or maybe you’re not yet sure how to do that.

What I’d like to explore in this blog are some of the ways you could develop an additional income stream based on your passion… Continue reading