Tag Archives: happiness

An Antidote to Worry

Nobody likes to worry. Usually people think that whether they should worry depends on what is going on in their lives.. Every day … I would like you to take a few minutes to practice being grateful. It doesn’t matter whether you think of something big or small, as long as your grateful feeling is pure and brings a smile to your lips….

Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

We are in a time of almost universal access and incredible creativity. It seems that life is speeding up and that people have too much to do in not enough time. Choosing to do something because it seems that it would be fun or lucrative or interesting is no longer a sufficient strategy if you want to have a sane life.

Every Barking Dog is an Opportunity to Practice

I am very blessed to be able to live in a wonderful wooded setting so near a great town like Chapel Hill. As I was walking the two dogs that live next door would bark at me as I neared their house and keep barking for most of my circuit of about 1/5 mile…I noticed that I was feeling really tense and agitated by their barking…So I decided to change my thinking about it…Tonglen is a compassionate practice of taking on the suffering of someone who is hurting whom you wish to help…

Go with the Flow and the Ebb

I’ve been in private practice for more than 30 years. Throughout this time my business has ebbed and flowed…My greatest challenge has been to appreciate what is occurring at any particular time. I can be out of sync with my life no matter what is happening. When things are slow I worry about money. When I’m busy I ”kvetch” (Jewish complaining)…Maybe I need to accept that life is always working and give up the need to always understand exactly how. It seems that I always find myself back to this place where the best strategy is to let go and trust that everything is always working out, and that it always will; even when I’m caught in the insane delusion that there is something wrong…I invite you to figure out where you get caught in not accepting what is…

We Can Take a Real Life Lesson from Our Pets

We can take a real life lesson from our pets…Every morning my dog, Sheba, is happy to see me…Sheba is never a victim of her circumstances…I‘ve noticed that I can let a lot of things make me feel bad… the weather, my finances, how my baseball team did. If I were Sheba I wouldn’t let any of that bother me or keep me from enjoying the next fun thing.