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Dr. Ingersoll Lectures

How to Take Back Control of Your Life

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Old age is no place for sissies.

— Bette Davis

Have you noticed?  Every field of endeavor has a list of things that we need to do in order to be living correctly.  Finance, health, career, parenting.  If you look, you can find at least one list of the “correct” way to invest, be healthy, create a wonderful and fulfilling career, and best of all, how to raise perfect children.  To make sure that you have all the options, there’s never just one approach.  There are conflicting approaches.  Then, if something isn’t working the way you want, you can decide that you’ve just been Continue reading » How to Take Back Control of Your Life

Opportunity Center

Relative Reality

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

— Winston Churchill

Google defines reality as “The world or state of things as they actually exist.”  Seems pretty clear, doesn’t it?  Reality is what’s real – right?

Yes and no.

Our reality is how we perceive the world – and that’s the key… how we perceive the world.  As much as we’d like to be able to say that there is an objective reality, “objective reality” is always perceived/reported by the observer.  We may think that we can take the individual out of the picture by inserting some measurement device, but in the end, it’s still us observing the Continue reading » Relative Reality


Resilience and Crisis

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If you don’t have a spiritual practice in place when times are good, you can’t expect to suddenly develop one during a moment of crisis.

— Doug Copeland

All adversities are not created equal.

There are days when nothing really big happens, but lots of little stuff seems to get you down.

  • Your keys aren’t where they should be.
  • You have to drive back by the house to make sure that you closed the garage door.
  • Traffic is bad and you’re late to work.
  • In a meeting, you ask what seems to you to be a reasonable question and get a curt answer implying you should have known the answer.
  • On top of all that, you’re feeling out of sorts and less than grateful for your life and your job and you feel guilty about your lack of gratitude.

You might call these Continue reading » Resilience and Crisis

Day 155 - Conga Line!


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When the map doesn’t comport with the ground, the map is wrong.

— Gordon Livingston

In his book, [amazon-product text=”The Road Less Travelled” type=”text”]0743243153[/amazon-product], M. Scott Peck wrote that much of our pain is caused by our unwillingness to recognize reality when we see it.  We go through life seeing the world through our own set of glasses and reacting to what we see rather than reacting to what is.

In some sense, I agree with Peck.  But at the same time what I keep re-learning over and over is that reality is subjective.

For years, I was “blind as a bat.”  If I took my glasses off, I literally couldn’t see the Continue reading » CONGA!

Charlie Brown: Sunburned Charlie

Practice, Practice, Practice

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If you do a practice and train your attention to hover in the present, then you will build the internal capacity to do that as needed – at will and voluntarily.

— Daniel Goleman

I have good news and I have bad news.  The good news is that it is possible to feel hopeful, grateful, and happy.  The bad news is that it doesn’t just happen.

It turns out that even something as basic as hope is not just a feeling.  It is a thought process.  And, maybe, just maybe, the reason that we – as a people – have lost our faith in goodness and life is directly linked to the “stuff” we listen to/watch/read during the day.

Let me be very clear.  I am not blaming the media.  They have become what we pay them to be.  They find the dirt and they report it.  “If it bleeds, it leads” didn’t start with them.  It started with us declaring some Continue reading » Practice, Practice, Practice