Are You Too Empathetic?

MM_FinalCover - CopyIf you feel at times that you’re too empathetic–torn apart and unable to cope with other people’s suffering–help is at hand. Doing a compassion meditation every day for two weeks may just help you reduce the distress you feel when witnessing someone’s suffering.

To find out more, please read the article.

To learn about other types of meditations that might help you, try Mastering Meditation.

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Interview with Bianca Gubalke

What a truly fascinating person. She has a very unique perspective on life, reincarnation, and the unity of all species.

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Today I welcome Bianca Gulbalke to talk about her book, Born With Wings: The ImmortalLife of Piu Piu. Bianca is an award-winning screenplay writer and artist, a passionate gardener, teacher and metaphysics student.

I recently finished her incredible work of visionary fiction. It’s one of those rare books that starts off immediately in the spiritual realm. From start to finish, this is visionary fiction at its finest and most bold. Swept up in the tale of incarnation, life, struggle, and purpose we follow the beautifully drawn characters as the author weaves a wonderful tale. An injured gosling and a little girl come together in lush and magical South Africa. There’s a call from ancestors and a drive for purpose, and danger’s never far away. It’s a captivating tale, a journey of emotions through life, death, and rebirth.

Thank you for joining me, Bianca!

B. GulbalkeWhat were your first glimmers…

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Bring Dying Into the Light

psychopomp-3d-dls-8pxls-2We need to stop being so afraid of death and dying that we can’t even talk to each other about it. Tip-toeing around the subject will not make it go away. It is part of the cycle of life.

To hear more about why we need to rethink the way we handle discussions with those facing imminent death and those left behind, watch this video:

Mastering Meditation–Now in Paperback

I’m proud to announce that my Mastering Meditation book is now available in paperback. Because the images included in the book are (to me, anyway) important, the book will be printed in color. While this does push the price a bit higher, I believe it is worth it.

Take a look, just go to Amazon.com for your copy.

 

Our Crazy Language

letters-flying-into-dictionary-pagesDid you ever wonder about the derivations of some of our words and why they’re spelled the way they are? This article explains the reasoning behind the spelling of some of our words, such as light, bright, and neighbor.

What’s with the ‘gh’ ?

Marketing With Book Trailers

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Book trailers are a wonderful way to help you market yourself and your books. They are great for those who do speaking tours, as you can run them before and after the speech, which helps to get the audience into the spirit of your topic. And when it comes to book fairs or conventions, they are especially useful. Running one or more book trailers at your booth or table, attracts people’s attention and makes them come over to see what’s happening.

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Up Standing

108825CMX01.inddJust a note to praise the tiny word that is used so much and in so many ways. It’s a simple word, yet it has more meanings and uses than any other word in the American language. So, here’s to the word: Up. It’s a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, and preposition.

This simple, two-character word props up many a sentence and can be seen and heard in nearly every conversation.

While we can all easily understand using the word Up as a direction (such as when pointing toward the sky), it becomes a little more confusing when it’s used to describe awakening in the morning (waking up) or to describe our confusion (mixed up).

So, here are some of the ways in which the word Up has enriched our lives and our language:

  • He brought that topic up at the meeting.Up
  • She stepped up.
  • She has to write up a report.
  • I’m fed up.
  • He’s really fired up about this.
  • He needs to grow up.
  • Would you please speak up?
  • I need to call up my doctor after I look up the number.
  • Opening up the windows helped brighten up the room.
  • Warm up the leftovers before you eat them; then clean up the kitchen.
  • Be sure to lock up the house.
  • Let’s open up the house.
  • Can you fix up the car?
  • Never give up.
  • He’s always stirring up
  • They lined up for tickets.
  • They really worked up an appetite.
  • She’s always thinking up
  • To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed up is special.
  • A drain must be opened up because it is stopped up.
  • If you are up to it, go ahead.
  • Sounds great, if you’re up for it.
  • It’s going to take up a lot of time.
  • Don’t give up.
  • It clouded up; but, then it cleared up.
  • She cracked up.
  • Heads up.
  • Let’s gear up.
  • You need to look it up.
  • I’ll wrap this up.

Now, I will admit that in several of the examples I’ve included, the word Up is extraneous and unnecessary. And were I writing the sentences, I would not include the word Up. For instance:

  • She has to write up a report. (The word up is totally unnecessary; yet, many people do use it in similar sentences.)
  • Can you fix up the car? (Again, it’s just as clear to say: Can you fix the car?)
  • I need to call up my doctor after… (the first instance of up is unnecessary).
  • A drain must be opened up…(again, the first instance of up isn’t needed).
  • It’s going to take up a lot of time. (Up is rather redundant and not needed.)

I think now you can see why I think we need to applaud that tiny, two-letter word, UP. It’s a hard-working, seldom-praised useful little word that shows up more often than you would think. And it’s always propping up sentences, even when it doesn’t need to.

So, two thumbs up to…

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