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Paradox 19: What we possess, possesses us
Wednesday, November 03, 2010      8 comments

Peter notes that material items are in reality neutral and only have the value we place upon them. He uses an example of how we ‘feel’ when our new car is scratched. When we try to gain happiness by purchasing material goods, we end up disappoin... Read more
Paradox 18: “Bend Down to Stand Tall”
Tuesday, November 02, 2010      7 comments

Peter notes that it takes effort to bend down, be it to pick up litter, help another, or humble ourselves. Instead of succumbing to the latest fads to try to ‘stand tall’, he suggested we perform random acts of kindness to make ourselves, famili... Read more
Paradox 17: We can move Beyond ourselves without Escaping ourselves
Monday, November 01, 2010      9 comments

Peter talks about how emotional growth involves learning two things: 1. The universe does not revolve around me 2. I am not separate from the universe The first involves moving from ‘what’s in this for me’ to ‘win-win’ scenarios, and t... Read more
Paradox 16: Incomprehensible is Comprehensible
Sunday, October 31, 2010      6 comments

Peter’s title for the chapter is a quote from Albert Einstein, “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible.” He discussed how the brilliant Einstein looked for simplicity and lacked fear; how he viewed t... Read more
Paradox 15: Unnatural thinking seems natural and vice versa
Friday, October 29, 2010      8 comments

Peter used a paradox from Marianne Williamson’s “A Course in Miracles” in which she talked about how western culture teaches us to live life from a perspective of fear. We focus on attachments, ego and societal success as opposed to a natural st... Read more
Paradox 14: “What we Learn from the Past is: we Seldom Learn from the Past”
Thursday, October 28, 2010      5 comments

Peter noted we tend to repeat negative patterns learned from parents, culture, or ourselves, and worse yet, blame others. To break an unhealthy habit, Peter suggests: 1. Become aware of and name the unhealthy conduct 2. Name the new be... Read more
Paradox 13: Not making a decision IS making a decision
Wednesday, October 27, 2010      6 comments

Peter holds a Master in Counseling Psychology. He started the chapter describing a counseling session and how he helped a client with a ‘victim’ mentality understand he WAS making a decision staying in a job he hated. He next described how ... Read more
Paradox 12 – Playing it Safe is Dangerous
Tuesday, October 26, 2010      5 comments

Peter started discussing this paradox by talking about how parents and coaches challenge children to excel. He then suggests we ask ourselves two questions: 1. Where are we playing it safe? 2. Why are we playing it safe? ... Read more
Paradox 11: “Males have feminine energy, Females have male energy”
Monday, October 25, 2010      5 comments

Peter talks about how the ancients (Chinese and Greeks) knew our core traits were both feminine and masculine; be and do, intuitive and objective, inward and outward. He suggests that we look @ ourselves with a “both-and” perspective to live a h... Read more
Paradox 10: “Get Serious about a Sense of Humor”
Friday, October 22, 2010      7 comments

Peter talked about people taking themselves too seriously; and using road rage as an example, showed how a situation could be handled with humor. He talked about how humor could blunt life’s disappointments and lead to healthier life. I kno... Read more
Paradox 9: We can live happily ever-after if we live every moment
Thursday, October 21, 2010      8 comments

Peter starts this chapter talking about the myths we call fairy tales and their two fallacies: 1. Someone can save you 2. Life is easy, happy and conflict free ... Read more
Paradox 8: To see the Truth, contemplate all as False
Wednesday, October 20, 2010      6 comments

Peter talked earlier about how living conventional norms was insane, and expanded the paradox to discuss how many ‘truths’ lead to unhealthy behavior. He asked that we contemplate what lies are we living at home, at work, in the way we interact ... Read more
Paradox 7: Insane living does not require going crazy
Tuesday, October 19, 2010      7 comments

Peter sums up the paradox of this chapter in one succinct sentence. “It is insane to live by other people’s norms.” He then urges us to let go of our fears and start living ‘outside the box’. When I look @ spark journeys, I see courageous p... Read more
Paradox 6: "The teacher learns the most"
Monday, October 18, 2010      5 comments

Peter’s chapter contains wonderful illustrations of how teachers learn more than their students. It ended with a Confucius discussion of learning. While a student ‘hears and sees’, a teacher ‘does’ and hence ‘understands’. When I think abou... Read more
Paradox 5: Journey Forward = Journey Inward
Friday, October 15, 2010      8 comments

The 5th paradox Peter discusses is how we ‘progress’ in western culture. He suggests that we focus on the external; praise, money, status as opposed to the internal and the only way to go forward on our journeys is to go inward. In my case,... Read more

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