The Contemplative Experience from a Psychology Lens

  The word contemplation means to consider with attention and compassion what’s happening in the moment. I’ve always been a contemplative type and drawn to others who exemplify these qualities, people like Thomas Merton, John O’Donohue, and Mary...

Self-Knowledge through our Photographs

The gradual realization of self takes place concurrent with the discovery of the world around us. It is a reciprocal, relational process. ~ David Ulrich – Art and Self-Knowledge Can we ever really know ourselves? In his book, Consolations, David Whyte says no in...

Abandoned

  The abandoned house sits dark, empty and alone; barred and bolted. slowly disintegrating.   The owners left suddenly in the middle of the night many years ago. They say the house holds spirits from a violent past.   After many years of neglect the...

The Third Act – A Time to Practice Resilience

It’s safe to say that plants are pretty resilient, despite the circumstances. They can be dry as a bone, falling over and wilted, and when they get a little water, they quickly bounce back. In my last post, I talked about the third act in life, that time...

The Third Act in Life, sometimes called Retirement

  In the hero’s journey, the third act is when the hero returns home, changed by the adventure of life. The third act in a narrative, whether on film or in a book, is the falling action, where there is some kind of resolution and loose ends are tied up. In...

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