Rajneeshees, Indoctrination, and Perilous Politicians: When Party Politics Functions Like a Cult

The Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is one of the most vivid memories I have from growing up in Oregon in the seventies and eighties. The Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh was a guru from India who set up a commune in The Dalles, Oregon. His followers all wore orange and red and were searching for enlightenment, of course. … Continue reading Rajneeshees, Indoctrination, and Perilous Politicians: When Party Politics Functions Like a Cult

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When We Don’t Trust Ourselves: How Not to Live a Secondhand Life

All of us face the possibility of living our life secondhand. We live a secondhand life when we live our lives according to what other people think and say we should do, rather than living our life according to what we think is right and good to do. ¬†When we live a secondhand life, we … Continue reading When We Don’t Trust Ourselves: How Not to Live a Secondhand Life

Slug Cartoons for People Having a Bad Day

I really love to draw and do watercolor paintings. Occasionally I get obsessed with a series of cartoons/paintings and can't stopped drawing them. Right now, I am a little obsessed with slugs. So, if you need something to make you laugh today, hopefully this will be helpful: When we feel like lazy slugs. "Little Slug … Continue reading Slug Cartoons for People Having a Bad Day

The Healing Power of Staying in This Moment

I don't know about you, but I spend a lot of time worrying. I worry about a choice I made months or a year ago. I worry about how something is going to turn out five years from now. I worry about something someone else said to me yesterday or what another person will think … Continue reading The Healing Power of Staying in This Moment

Five Ways to Be a Friend to Yourself and Why This is Important

We don't always realize it, but how we treat ourselves, what we say to ourselves, and what we think about ourselves tremendously impacts us. We are the closet person to us, and so if we treat ourselves in a continually hostile or cruel manner, it can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, and worthlessness. On … Continue reading Five Ways to Be a Friend to Yourself and Why This is Important