Reflections

Image of water with reflection of tree in it

Greek legend has it that when the artist Narcissus looked into the reflecting pool he fell in love with his own image, which is where we get the origin of the word narcissism. The term “reflection” comes from the Latin reflectere which means “to bend back”, which is precisely what happens when we look in the mirror. The light, and our image, is bent back to us. And not unlike looking … [Read more...]

Gratitude

Image of a small gift (camera) in the palms of a young girl's hand

  “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” – Meister Eckhart From a “selfish” point of view, gratitude is a really great thing. Psychology today says that  “Studies show that gratitude not only can be deliberately cultivated but can increase levels of well-being and happiness among those who do cultivate it.  In … [Read more...]

Why they walk

Sign along the Camino de Santiago made from painted scallop shells

I have a confession. When I first heard that we were going to do a show with a pilgrim, I flashed back to my New England childhood. I saw paper turkeys made by outlining your hand, and pumpkins and Indians and men and women dressed in black with tall hats and…well, you know the story. But that’s not the kind of pilgrim we were talking about. According to our good friends at Wikipedia, … [Read more...]

So, what’s your story?

Equation of one plus one equals three

On the website for presentation zen, (which is a really cool site if you ever have to put together Powerpoint™ presentations) Ken Burns, the legendary documentarian, says that the best stories are about “one plus one equals three”. Or another way to think about it is that a really good story is more than just about the parts of the story. It may be about the mystery, or something that … [Read more...]

Unexpected treasures

close up of an old violin

As those of you who follow the show know, I lead a pretty busy life. Between family and work and Real Life and my spiritual practice and working out and running and volunteer work and…well, you get the idea. As a result, I don’t often have time to just surf the web. Not that I object to it. Sometimes you find really, unexpected and wonderful things. Like a Stradivarius stuck in an old … [Read more...]

Life through a deeper lens

Life through a deeper lens

On my show I'm often working to get at that deeper way of seeing the world, of experiencing ourselves and of relating with one another. Whether it's through a breathing exercise or visualization, or speaking with an amazing guest, that conversational pivot is often present in the work I'm trying to do here. This Saturday we have another exciting opportunity to delve into this territory when … [Read more...]