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Pulling Weeds, Seeking Health

There is a timeless metaphor in tending a garden and pulling weeds. I have spent several hours in the past weeks in the rear yard/garden of this small cottage, barefoot, tugging up handfuls of new grass and tartly tasting clover. With the abundance of recent rain, this stretch of central California coastline shimmers lush and green, and half

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The Lost Art of Listening: A Soul Skill

The morning is steeped in pastel hues of quietude. I am up with the dawn in my usual way, stepping outdoors with bare feet to greet the arrival of another day, savoring the lingering tranquility of the world around me as it slowly wakes to life. Even my little friends, the birds, are still quietly

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Savoring A Fresh Catch: Dining on Solitude

I am dining alone. Though the 34th Hawaii International Film Festival has drawn to a successful close, my partner has flown over to the ‘neighbor islands’ to assist with the shortened version of the festival that runs a few days on Big Island and Kauai. I’m at home with ‘the boys’, our two English Whippets,

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A Coherent Heart: The Power of Communion with Nature

Standing barefoot in the wet grass, a dog on a lead in each hand, I opened my senses wide to the morning. The scents of wet earth and heady tropical flowers. The cooing of zebra doves and ongoing chorus of songbirds in the trees and lushly verdant ravine. A hazy morning illumination on the mountains

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Rouse from Inertia: Soul Skill Number 1

I’ve felt it often this past month, a certain heaviness in my bones. Part of that weight is the heat and humidity of summer amid the palm trees of Hawaii’s lowlands, my body not inclined to move much, other than to place myself in front of the cooling fan. There is also something deeper, however,

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