Posts Categorized: Being of service

The Hero’s Journey

Were you a hero today? Did you slay a dragon haunting you from inside your psyche? Maybe you did so without realizing the significance of your actions. Joseph Campbell, professor, author and philosopher, described “The Hero’s Journey” as a cycle that we go through over and over again as we delve deeper into our own… Read more »

Practice Being Human

There is a new word in the English language. You won’t find it in the dictionary because it is too new. It was created by Zhenevere Dao, the founder of MogaDao Institute, to explain the growing epidemic of technology-induced neuroses. The word is “info-colonization”, and it has already permeated much of our culture without giving… Read more »

Inviting Mara to Tea

In a calm voice of equanimity Nelson Mandela told of when he was sitting in a cafe and noticed a man at a neighboring table who was looking down and was very nervous. President Mandela asked the waiter to invite the man to come sit at his table. It turns out that when Mandela was… Read more »

Qigong and TaiJi: What’s the Difference?

When I mention that I recently got certified to teach qigong, most people stare at me blankly.  They are too shy to ask what it is. When I ask them if they know what it is, most confess that they have never heard of it. That’s when I say that it is like taiji (tai… Read more »

Your Unique Gift

What is one thing that the faltering economy, anxiety and fear can’t take away? Your imagination! When feeling stressed, unsettled or stuck there is one vacation that doesn’t rely on a plane or payment. Actually it pays you when you use it. It takes you out of confinement and exercises your mind in a way… Read more »

Sifting Through to the Gems

I have been wondering what is the bigger picture; what is the meaning on a global and universal level? I sense that if we are awake we will see extraordinary acts both large and small. In my small sphere in the past two weeks I saw two sisters who haven’t talked in years connect over… Read more »

Novel Ways for Scary Times

We need novel ways to look at the unique health crisis upon us. The graphs of the spread of Covid-19 in this country and others scare me. Today after watching an online lecturer outline the spread of the virus I got chills and ran to take my temperature. It was normal. The guidelines to curb… Read more »

The Age of Aquarius

Astrologers tell us that we have ended the Piscean age and are transitioning into the Age of Aquarius. In simple terms, what does that mean? I don’t know what all of the ramifications are, but a few ideas are clear. The veneer of icons and institutions that were perceived as unshakable are crumbling before our… Read more »

Empathy and Narcissism

Our Thanksgiving was lively and rich with family. Kids running around, dogs misbehaving, food heated and served in abundance. But it was particularly intense this year. Within the past few months a close family member had a recurrence of a disease, another was raw from a divorce in progress and my daughter came with her… Read more »

The Bagel Shop

Sitting in a bagel shop in the upper east side of Manhattan enjoying my bagel and coffee I noticed a homeless man at an adjacent table asking people for money. A well-dressed woman reached into her pocket and handed him a quarter. A quarter! As he stared at the coin in his palm something got… Read more »