The Rain Stick

No one is sure of the exact origin of the Rain Stick. Ancient versions of the percussion instrument have been found in Africa, pre-Mayan Peru and with the Aztecs in Mexico. They have been discovered among the artifacts of the Diaguita people of northern Chile and Argentina, as well as…

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An Argument for Kindness (Part II)

(portions of this article first appeared on positive psychology news daily:  http://positivepsychologynews.com/news/sean-doyle/2013032525681) In my first post on this topic, I concluded that in the face of hardship, injustice or deep trauma, the only answer was love and holding even tighter to kindness.  This seems naive, trite.  However whether in the…

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An Argument for Kindness (Part I)

Sometimes things in life happen that shatter your world.  I am not talking about those expected traumas, as raw and difficult as they may be: The death of a loved one or the way time starts our decay while we are still conscious and breathing.   Even if we have banished…

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Our Most Humble Strengths

** This post first appeared on Positive Psychology News Daily. Forgiveness. Mercy. Prudence. Modesty. The strengths of temperance don’t get as much attention as our more muscular qualities. Yet in a certain sense, maybe this cluster of strengths enables every other strength, and thus makes the good life possible.    Excitement…

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The Sacred Thread

A few years ago I had the privilege to attend a friend’s wedding in India.  I was the first of our group to arrive and the bride invited me to a ceremony at her home that was usually only attended by family.  All the uncles were there.  A Hindu priestess…

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