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Video: The Importance of Being Open and Vulnerable

We are a lot like lobsters. Lobsters have a hard exoskeleton, which they must shed several times in order to grow into a mature lobster. Because of the hard shell, the only way for the lobster to grow up is to shed its exoskeleton each time it outgrows it. Between the time it sheds its […]

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Video: The Wisdom of Coach John Wooden

By all accounts John Wooden was one of the best coaches of any sport in history. One of his most famous players tended to complain a lot. Coach Wooden said the following to him: “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” He taught his […]

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Video: Becoming Who You Really Are

Most of us grow up in cultures that value achieving, acquiring, and becoming. The richest life can be found by looking inward in order to discover who you really are. There are many paths that can serve as inward journeys. Since the 1960s, psychotherapy has been a popular vehicle for self-discovery. Mindfulness practices are now […]

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Video: Self-Empowerment Through Mindful Choosing

Self mastery, self-empowerment, and self-efficacy are achieved by learning how to take advantage of a simple fact: that every moment of your day presents you with an opportunity to choose how you will live. These moment-by-moment choices will largely determine the quality of your life—usually far more so than external events can determine it. The […]

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Video: How to Live by Choice

Living by choice is not a mystery; the steps are simple. But it doesn’t come easily, especially at first. If it did, everyone would drop their old habits and start living with intention so they could reap all the benefits and live healthier, happier lives. The challenge of living by choice is to make the […]

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Video: The Importance of Setting Goals

Dr. Carl Simonton, under whom I trained at the Simonton Cancer Center, always impressed upon participants at his center’s cancer retreats that energy is essential to healing and that the act of pursuing goals is itself energizing. Setting goals helps us conceptualize our reasons for living. Once we have a purpose for being, we are […]

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Video: Be Who You Really Are

How to Increase Authenticity and Authentic Self-Expression Because you can’t express your authentic feelings to others until you can identify them, engage in the fundamental mindfulness practice of recognizing your thoughts, sensations, and emotions. Don’t analyze them; simply acknowledge and honor them. Take risks in sharing your authenticity with others. You will quickly learn that […]

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Video: In Your Own Hands: A Course in Self-Empowerment

Since January of 2015, I have been teaching a class in the Continuing Education Department at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Since January of 2016, I have been co-teaching the class with a colleague. The class makes it easier to learn the methods described in my book In Your Own Hands: New Hope […]

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