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What is Up To Us

What is Up To Us

One of the key tenets in Stoic philosophy involves the following phrase: “ta eph’hemin, ta ouk eph’hemin,” which translates to “what is up to us, what is not up to us.” The Stoics thought this was a key distinction, and the idea is often repeated in the writings of...
The Work: How to Question Painful Thoughts

The Work: How to Question Painful Thoughts

One of the most important insights from psychology is that the events and situations in our lives do not directly lead to our emotions and reactions. Instead, the events and situations that happen in our lives are filtered through our thoughts, and these thoughts lead...
Put the Idea on a Shelf

Put the Idea on a Shelf

Not too long ago, I woke up in the middle of the night, feeling anxious. I was thinking about a work project that was due in a couple of weeks. I was nervous about it, and it was on my mind as I tried to get back to sleep. Unfortunately, the “getting back to sleep”...
Make a Course Correction

Make a Course Correction

Sometimes when we are dealing with an issue or problem in our lives, it can seem overwhelming. The change we need to make might be so big, it can seem impossible. We might not even know where to start. In situations like these, it can be helpful to think about making...
The Old Woman Principle

The Old Woman Principle

I read a book recently in which the author talked about something called the Old Woman Principle. I liked it so much, I’m trying to implement it in my life moving forward. The author shared that often she struggled to take risks in her life. Instead of really going...
Holding Conflict

Holding Conflict

What do you do when you have two parts of yourself that are in conflict with each other? This happened to me the other day. I had a disagreement with a friend about an upcoming trip. There was part of me that recognized it wasn’t a big deal, and wanted to go with the...
Honor the Journey

Honor the Journey

I attended the Liturgists gathering last weekend in Denver, CO, which was hosted by Science Mike and Michael Gungor. It was a refreshing weekend for me spiritually—a mix of worship, listening, learning, discussion, and connecting with God. One of the most powerful...
Stay in Your Own Business

Stay in Your Own Business

I’m reading an excellent book called Loving What Is, by Byron Katie. One of her main points throughout the book is that it is essential to stay in your own business. Katie says there are three types of business in the world: Your business. Your business consists of...
How to Be More Curious: Ask the Experts

How to Be More Curious: Ask the Experts

One thing I’m working on this year is to be more curious and open to different kinds of people and experiences. Since this is a new thing for me, I’m on the lookout for new exercises or practices to help cultivate curiosity in my life. To help me (and you) become more...
More is Better… But Only to a Point

More is Better… But Only to a Point

More is usually better… but only to a point. Take an example from the book David and Goliath, by Malcolm Gladwell. It is generally assumed that the relationship between class size and academic achievement is linear. In other words, smaller classes lead to better...
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