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Tag: 2022 books

  • We’re all actors

    We’re all actors

    In the short story Drive My Car, from the collection Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami, it is said that acting involves leaving who one was for a brief time, but that the self that one is returning to is never exactly the same as the self that one had left behind. Through the lens […]

  • We all could use more Radical Acceptance

    We all could use more Radical Acceptance

    “Radical Acceptance is the art of engaging fully in this world” The final chapter of Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach brings all of the themes of the book together for one final reminder: None of us are separate. None of us are unworthy.

  • How to Fight a Hydra

    How to Fight a Hydra

    A simple and universal metaphor can be essential for those challenges in life that cannot be explained through words and are uncomfortable to face. How to Fight a Hydra by Josh Kaufman uses metaphor in some obvious (and less obvious) ways to powerful effect. It is a very short book (45 mins to one hour […]

  • We are all “waking up” together

    We are all “waking up” together

    We are wounded in relationship and we need to heal in relationship. While so much of the wise teachings in the book Radical Acceptance focus on our relationship with ourselves and our solitary practices to be at peace with who we are, the theme of the eleventh chapter is that we can’t get there alone. […]

  • Forgiving yourself and others is super hard (and just might be the most important thing you’ll ever learn)

    Forgiving yourself and others is super hard (and just might be the most important thing you’ll ever learn)

    Let’s be honest, forgiving someone who has done something wrong (including yourself) is really hard. The biggest barrier to forgiveness (for me) is thinking of it as “losing”. It can feel like if I forgive someone, I’m saying what happened was ok, when it wasn’t. That’s the wrong way to think about it but I […]

  • Ask yourself “how can I be more kind”?

    Ask yourself “how can I be more kind”?

    We all know how it feels to be looked after. When we’re upset and someone offers genuine care for us, we shift from feeling closed off and alone to more safe and open. This is easily observed by parents when comforting their kids, or by anyone who has blown off steam with a close friend. […]

  • Lying down on an icy couch

    Lying down on an icy couch

    Everyone feels fear. From the fear of public speaking to anxiety over meeting new people and even the fear of heights, our fears are everywhere and can keep us from living a full life. Fear is uncomfortable, like “lying on an icy couch”, and our natural instinct is to move away from it. Yet, there […]

  • I love this vs I need this

    I love this vs I need this

    “Men are not free when they are doing just what they like. Men are only free when they are doing what the deepest self likes.” D. H. Lawrence I love the work I do. It is fun and endlessly interesting for me to help others with technology. However, there are times where I feel like […]