Telling our stories

Madeline Bialecki

I had a dream the other night that I was facilitating a writing workshop, and I woke up remembering a workshop I facilitated about fifteen years ago called Writing Your Spiritual Autobiography. I enjoyed doing it, but I only did it once. Why is that? And why am I dreaming about a writing workshop now?

As I enter 2020, and get closer to retirement age, I am thinking more seriously about my next act. Is my dream offering direction? Is facilitating writing workshops part of my next act? Does the dream have something to do with my own writing?


The thing about my dreams is that they are not usually as clear as when an angel appeared in Joseph’s dream and told him to flee to Egypt. My dreams usually need some unpacking; the message is in there somewhere and it is up to me to figure it…

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How To Use Mental Models To Change Your Life - by F. Kaskais

How To Use Mental Models To Change Your Life

written by Emmaline Soken-Huberty 

When you look at the world, what do you see? Are you an optimistic, a realist, or leaning more into pessimism? The answer is most likely a bit complicated. Everyone has mental models that you use to make sense of things around them. A mental model is essentially another term for a worldview. They shape what you think and how you act, either consciously or subconsciously. You use mental models in every area of your life, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and personal growth. Most people have only a few that they use again and again, but to achieve more success and happiness in life, you need a wide variety.

Parkinson’s Law

Good time management is a difficult skill for many people. It’s easy to procrastinate. To help, remember Parkinson’s Law. This mental model comes from a quote by Cyril Northcote Parkinson: “Work expands as…

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Play of the mind

Didis Art Design

Far and near perspectives:

If we see our world from far
All is one, united
If we come closer
All is separated

Separation in Oneness

However, in reality
There is no far, no near
All is connected, one
Beyond separation

Macrocosm lies in microcosm
And microcosm in Macrocosm

We see the world
According to our understanding

All is a game of the mind…

We need to change
The angle of our perspective…
To change our understanding…
Develop right understanding…

DidiArtist, 01.04.2018

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Vipassana: a journey into the heart of the matter

Daydreams & Dharma

“I have no idea why I’m doing a mediation retreat; I hate sitting still and I can’t focus on anything for very long before my monkey mind skips off to another topic. Ah yes, that’s exactly why I am here. I should include this thought in my blog. I wonder how long it is until breakfast? Was I just meditating or have I just fallen asleep? God my knee hurts, I think I’ve trapped a nerve; I’ll probably get varicose veins from sitting like this for so long. Oh where am I – back to the breath, I’ve wandered off again.” On and on it goes like this; the mental training of the mind I have committed myself to for ten and a half hours a day. It’s relentless – I’m alone in silence, yet nothing is silent inside my head – where is the peace and serenity I have…

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