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Working with Fear

There sure are a lot of things to be afraid of in the world right now.  Part of that seems related to these being turbulent times, but part of it is probably because we are connected to so many things and people and places.  How many pieces of news can you really digest in a day, even if it is all good news?  How many pieces of news can you digest if most of them are bad?  Certainly the worrisome and scary events in the world seem to get the most press so that sometimes it can feel like everything is collapsing.  That makes it hard to find places to safely orient ourselves.   Orienting is a really important part of maintaining our own well-being.  Some of our anchors for orientation lie outside ourselves, some are inside, and some anchoring activities are about reinforcing the boundary in between.  As a very young child, inside and outside anchors are hardly distinguishable--when I am around the ones who truly care and tend to my well-being (mother, father, grandparen ...

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How do I find more Peace?--through the Life Sense. Living and Authentic Life, part 3.

            "How are you?"  That's a common greeting, which is usually answered more out of politeness than honesty.  Most of the time we answer casually, so that when someone does answer in a truthful way it is a little bit shocking--either because it is so negative ("Lousy!" which we probably would rather not know) or surprisingly good ("Fantastic!" which can seem a little Pollyanna, because nobody could really be walking around doing that well...).  But it is a good question to ask, especially of ourselves: "How am I?"  Maybe we don't routinely ask it because we already know that we are over-extended, or simply because there are so many things demanding our time and attention outside of ourselves so that there is little energy left for self-contemplation.  We get very good at training ourselves to ignore--actually override--any sense of how we are doing inwardly.  Instead, we use a little caffeine to rev us up when we are ...

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