The Tao of Happiness: Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey

By Derek Lin Tarcher Penguin Lin reviews parables from Tzu, a Taoist philosopher who lived twenty-four hundred years ago and influenced Chinese culture through stories. He incorporates these translated teachings into today’s Western world. For example, “The end of one’s life marks the completion of one’s work.” Therefore, instead of mourning the death of a loved one, Tzu taught that it made more sense to celebrate a life well lived. Another example, “May you go far in life, live up to your potential, and achieve great things,” is translated from a story where the flight of a bird that transforms … Continue reading

Finding the Blue Sky: A Mindful Approach to Choosing Happiness Here and Now

By Joseph Emet TarcherPerigee Positive Psychology is the scientific study of what actually makes people happy and what makes life most worth living. Emet trained with Thich Nhat Hanh and shares how Positive Psychology compliments Buddhism. Each chapter has three sections: a story, a meditation or reflection, and a practice section with exercises to help the reader integrate the message. Emet recommends that readers choose to read the book in the order it was written, chapter by chapter, or randomly select a page and see what it brings. If you have a favorite book you’d like to share with other … Continue reading

What’s the Trick to Fulfillment?

By William Schiemann, Ph.D Are there real tricks to becoming fulfilled in life? You bet. Research suggests that there are key streetsmart actions that those who are most fulfilled use every day in their professional and personal lives. I interviewed over 100 successful people — some who were fulfilled and others who were not — to understand why success does not always bring about fulfillment. There was amazing convergence around several things that fulfilled people do at work and home. Here are the top five: 1. Have strong values — and stick with them. Does your work environment, family and … Continue reading

Slogans: YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE PROBLEM (To be placed on mirror)

There’s no doubt in my mind that the numerous slogans I’ve heard repeatedly over the years in the rooms of A.A. have impacted my psyche one degree to another. Perhaps the most familiar commonsense catchphrase “One day at a Time” has definitely helped carry me through countless rough and tumble days in my sobriety. The famous A.A. saying “First things First” has often come in handy as a gentle reminder to slow down when I’ve felt overwhelmed by a bombardment of thoughts rushing into my head too quickly. The frequently heard tried and true line “Easy does It” has rarely … Continue reading

On Finding Forgiveness

“When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” Bernard Meltzer Why is it so hard to forgive? We can carry our hurts and injuries like precious gems in a velvet pouch, admiring their many facets, their high cost, how they refract the light of what once was. We recall their origins, their rarity, how durable they are. How could I ever manage without them? Who would I be? Over time these gems take on a life of their own. As we protect them, they grow in power and value. We … Continue reading

2118 NuWay Counseling Center Open for Business

Located in the newly Renovated Historic Pillsbury Snyder Mansion in South Minneapolis, the 2118 NuWay Counseling Center Open for Business. Minneapolis—NuWay, a 50-year-old nonprofit organization that provides extended care treatment for substance abusers headquartered and founded in the heart of the recovery community, has opened an outpatient facility in the historic Pillsbury Snyder mansion at 2118 Blaisdell Ave. S. The house was built in 1913 for John Pillsbury Snyder, and his wife Nelle, who had survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. He was the grandson of John S. Pillsbury, former governor and co-founder of the Pillsbury Company. The … Continue reading

Learning Spaces

“The roots of education are bitter, the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle How could a 15-year-old girl be considered a threat to the Taliban? On October 9, 2012, in the Swat valley of northwestern Pakistan, a gunman stepped onto a bus in which Malala Yousafzai was returning home from school and shot her in the head. Not because of religious, ethnic or social differences; but because she was an outspoken advocate for education. At just 11 years of age she had spoken out against the Taliban edict forbidding girls to be educated. She gave a talk entitled, “How dare the … Continue reading

Hidden Shame: A Curse and a Blessing

John Driggs

Hidden shame is a powerful emotional and physiological reaction. It fills our being in covert ways. It can cause us to become violent or withdrawn from life and it can prompt us to bring out the better parts of ourselves in ways we never expected. It is both a curse and a blessing. Typically we may have some glimmer of how it operates in our lives but mostly we’re unaware of how much of our existence is driven by shame. It is often the obscured answer to such questions as: “Why did he murder all those people? or “Why can’t … Continue reading

Restoring Resilience

“Resilience is our essential nature, woven into our being as a natural capacity to restore and recover so that we can experience the joy and well being that are our birthright.” Dr. Henry Emmons, MD What is resilience? Is it strength, persistence, courage? Do you think about your resilience or another’s? Is resilience acquired or innate? “Resiliency is the rapidity with which we recover from adversity,” according to Richard Davidson, founder of The Center for Healthy Minds at UW-Madison. It is a learnable skill. By strengthening that skill we can recover from adversity more quickly. We cannot, however, avoid it. … Continue reading