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Lynn Ungar Pandemic

A poem for the globally interconnected uncertainty we're living in

Lynn Ungar is a spiritual leader, where she acts as a minister for the Church of the Larger Fellowship, an online congregation for Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals. I confess that after I had read Lynn's poem below, and…
Three things to watch, consider and smile at during coronavirus / COVID19 isolation
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Three things in the face of coronavirus / COVID19

The format for my weekly Saturday morning email is now three things to do, read, watch, listen to, think about or question. Here's the contents of the latest Three Things email, focusing squarely on the global coronavirus and COVID-19 situation,…
The fine line between preparedness and panic

The fine line between preparedness and panic

In the mid-80s, the generally sullen and often depressive singer and songwriter who fronted the English rock band The Smiths, Morrissey, wrote a hit song called "Panic". You probably know it -- it includes the famous line "Hang the DJ, hang…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

The craft of feeling clearly

Our society and culture actively promotes clear thinking. From an early age through education, and potentially for decades thereafter in the workplace, we are exposed to the necessity of thinking clearly. Academically and economically,…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

The difference between individuality and individualism

When it comes to individuality and individualism, there are important things to note about the differences. There is a stark contrast between cherishing the ideal of individuality and adopting the cultural norm of individualism, and we must…
qualifying lap

What a Formula 1 qualifying lap can teach us about life

I've never been to a Formula 1 Grand Prix, so I can only imagine the rush to all the senses. The sights: the colour, and the flags, and the blur as the cars whizz by almost too fast to be really seen. The sounds: decibel levels ripping…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

Honesty and Truth

Honesty and the truth can often be two different things. Honesty should be a given. Anything that crosses the honesty line should trigger red flags every time, no matter how small the indiscretion might appear on the surface. Sometimes…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

Changing the world, tiny ripple by tiny ripple

Almost everything I do, I do it for these guys. They're at the heart of it all. The work is about trying to make things better. Changing the world, bit by bit, one day at a time, tiny ripple by tiny ripple. A world where…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

Why I don't have a grand vision

An admission: I don't know where I'm going. I have no grand vision in mind. I've tried and tried, and I can't bring something true and meaningful to the front of my mind. I can come up with visions -- ways I might work, places to live,…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

Anthony de Mello on the cure to our ills, and why we don't really want it

Today, a quick thought from a wise man on why many of us struggle. Anthony de Mello was a spiritual teacher and Indian Jesuit priest who wrote about the benefits of all religions as opposed to a single Church doctrine. His book Awareness,…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

Depression and self-obsessiveness

Tim Ferriss is one of those voices who I've paid close attention to in recent years. It's well over a decade since his Four-Hour Work Week catapulted him into the minds of millennials everywhere who were intent on finding freedom before retirement…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

Good business and the heart-sinking reality of social media messaging

Maybe it's just me. Of course, it could be just me. But I've been hearing this from a few people, so maybe it's not just me. As part of my digital minimalism drive for the month of January (thanks, Cal Newport), I removed Facebook, Twitter,…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

Our relationship with time

Time. The most precious asset any of us have. If you can even call it an asset. Money is an asset. Freedom is an asset. Attention is a massive asset in the mass fragmentation of the 21st century. But time. Maybe time is just time. Three…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

A 10-point, 100-word guide to making decisions

Find a quiet room, sit down and close your eyes Get Choice A clear in your mind, and visualise that decision having been made Feel the sensations that come with this decision. Give yourself 2-5 minutes to allow yourself to really feel…
Dis-ease, disease and how we might get what we tolerate

We get what we tolerate

Our full selves, including our bodies and minds and personality traits and habits and everything else that adds up to that thing called our "self" are in continual mass flux, and science and medicine is only really just beginning to understand…

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