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Using Pain as a Teacher

Humans have a strong aversion to pain. This is only natural. Pain is, after all, uncomfortable. On the other hand, we know that pain is absolutely essential to our well-being and survival. How would you know that your hand is on a burning stove if you didn’t...

How Feeling Pain Makes You Feel Better

I’ve previously written about the most life-changing experience I ever had, the first time I allowed myself to truly feel pain. During meditation I purposely thought about a painful experience and noticed how my body responded. Interestingly, the experience that...

Finding Connection With Others

There is a good argument to be made that the lack of personal connection–and thus feelings of disconnection–are playing a large role in the anger, desperation, and addictions that seem so prevalent throughout the United States. This social disconnection...

The Happiness of Doing

A happy life is lived by taking action. It’s found in doing. Unfortunately, we spend most of our precious time lost in our imagination: both imagining the future and remembering the past. Doubly unfortunate is the fact that much of our imagining is colored by...