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Paradox 27: Chinese Proverb “A man grows tired by standing still”
Sunday, November 21, 2010      11 comments

Peter wrote this chapter for me – the couch potato, exercise avoider. emoticon He talks about how a sedentary li... Read more
Paradox 26: When we exclude others, we exclude ourselves
Saturday, November 20, 2010      11 comments

Peter starts this chapter with a profound statement, "We humans tend to judge what we don't understand." He talks about our "practices of exclusion" and how if we follow the laws of physics we grow small as opposed to expanding when we main... Read more
No blog - just a double entry
Saturday, November 20, 2010      2 comments

ah the joys of computers... and those operating them emoticon... Read more
Paradox 25: “Close your eyes so you can See”
Thursday, November 11, 2010      9 comments

Peter talks about going beyond our five senses and trusting our inner voice. He suggests we “get out of our minds and live more in our hearts”. ... Read more
Paradox 24: Aim for nothing and you’ll hit it
Monday, November 08, 2010      5 comments

Peter said we all move toward something. It might be a goal leading to change or something habitual leading to a rut. “If we really want to live a big life,” Peter says “we need to honor our self, take a risk and take aim for a new directi... Read more
Paradox 23: Freeing ourselves can put us in a new cage
Sunday, November 07, 2010      7 comments

Peter started the chapter talking about reformations that developed “hardened religious arteries”. That as humans, we tend to identify with limitations and develop attractions, both of which can put us in “cages”. To live our lives with a “... Read more
Paradox 22: “Non-verbal communication speaks loudly”
Saturday, November 06, 2010      3 comments

Peter states that non-verbal communication contains “50% of the message”. He contends that our bodies can’t lie and it’s important for us to match our verbal and non-verbal communication, sending out as many positive communications as possible. ... Read more
Paradox 21: Loving your job means never working
Friday, November 05, 2010      5 comments

Peter described how many people are “manacled by velvet handcuffs” of status or pay, or motivated by fear to remain in jobs they hate. He suggested the way to live a ‘big’ life was to trust the universe and pursue a vocation, a calling; doing wh... Read more
Paradox 20: Give people Freedom and they Imitate each other
Thursday, November 04, 2010      3 comments

Peter talked about our need for acceptance and that we can lose the balance between conformity and individuality. “It takes internal power and personal vision to resist the temptation to follow others.” If we don't resist, Peter suggests we... Read more
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

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