Life As A Rewarding Exploration

Another book disappeared at work.  I keep on giving out books for the clients to read and too often they leave with the clients or someone else picks them up.  I don’t mind as long as the books are read and passed on.  My favorite books to lend to those in early recovery/making changes in their lives include: Thich Nhat Hahn, the Miracle of Mindfulness, Eckhart Tolle's The Power Of Now both non-fiction and filled with the consciousness needed to take back and inspire your life; and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Way Of The Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman both stories that awaken the readers to greater possibilities.  

Reading is such a powerful way to change your thinking and replace the old thoughts with new possibilities.  A few months ago I put together a post including my favorite consciousness raising books.  Check out this list.
I get excited reading and exploring ideas, areas of interest, new ways of thinking and understanding.  My favorite topics these days include: cooking, consciousness raising, nutrition, sports, prosperity, spirituality, inspirational fiction, politics, and self-help.  Sometimes I go searching on the Web for short concise information on a variety of topics.  It is fun for me to have so much I can explore at my fingertips.  

Learning and exploring are two of my favorite pastimes.  I feel like a kid when I discover something new or gain insight into the workings of the universe, a tasty dish, why certain athlete can rise above their competitors, the moment of insight where everything changes, or healthier choices I can make.  This feels like personal empowerment to me.
These days there is so much to explore that I can’t imagine anyone being truly bored.  If boredom comes up all you have to do is go find what you are looking for on the Web or at your local library.   If it isn’t information or ideas that excite you then there is the journey of a deeper life, which is about the ways of the heart and spirit.  When new insights and the flash of enlightenment come knocking on this path, there is little else that can feel as rewarding.  

What is your path of learning and growth about?  Where do you want to grow deeper in your understand?  

"You will become as great as your dominant aspiration . . .
If you cherish a vision, a lofty idea in your heart, you will realize it.
"     James Allen    

Peace Letter #25

Dear President Obama,

It seems the country is restless with Senator Kennedy’s seat being lost.  Sorry this may make thing more difficult for you.  Maybe playing the middle of the road by supporting war, the banks and corporations is not what we are all looking for when we had change in mind.

The status quo is not working, propping up the paradigm is making things worse.  Many of us want real change: shifting power back to the needs of the nation and all its people not just the wants of the wealthy alone; ending the huge waste of our resources on war; stop rescuing banks so they can charge us more interest and fees; real healthcare for all not as a profit center for corporations; give up being the biggest military force and instead become the most compassionate nation; and so many other positive possibilities.

Can you dream with us?

Joseph Bernard, Ph.D

Join me and send President Obama emails of support and encourage the end of war and the other dysfunctional ways at: