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Fear arises when threats seem bigger than resources. Sometimes this is actually the case, such as getting an unexpected bill that you don’t have the money to pay. But due to “paper tiger paranoia,” threats often look larger than they really are while resources look...

“Life is wiggly,” as Alan Watts put it, and the parasympathetic wing of the nervous system helps us ride out the wiggles – and bumps – of everyday living. This ancient part of your nervous system is soothing, calming, and refueling. Find out how skillful you...

Can you stay open to the pain of others? The Practice: Being at peace with the pain of others. Why? Humans are an empathic, compassionate, and loving species, so it is natural to feel sad, worried, or fiery about the troubles and pain of other people. (And about those...

Do you have a sense of a strong part of yourself that soothes, calms, encourages, and sticks up for you? Or does it feel like your inner critic – finding fault with you, minimizing your pain and your needs, tearing you down – has the...

Are you paying attention? The Practice: Be amazed. Why? Last night, stressing about undone tasks, I glanced in a mirror and saw my t-shirt, with its picture of a galaxy and a little sign sticking up out of its outer swirls, saying "you are here." A joke...

What are you doing? The Practice: Do freely. Why? Most people spend most minutes of most days doing one thing after another. I sure do. Typing these words is a kind of doing, as is driving to work, making dinner, brushing one's teeth, or putting the kids to...

Whether driving a car or going through life altogether, we need to be able to speed up skillfully . . . as well as slow down and even stop. How is it going with whatever you want to decrease or stop in your own life? Perhaps...

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