The Effervescence of Joy 

June 14, 2016 Leave a comment
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“Pleasure is always derived from something outside of you, whereas joy arises from within.”

--Eckhart Tolle


What does that word mean to you?

For many, it’s synonymous with Winter, Christmas, and joy to the world.

Peace, Love, and Joy – the holy trinity, the apex of human experience. Something to which everyone aspires. Joy – real joy – resides within every person. Sometimes, though, it takes hard work to crack open the joy.

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” 

--Henri J.M. Nouwen


No matter the circumstance, ...

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March 25, 2016 Leave a comment
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By Syndee Barwick

Spring arrived in the wee hours of Sunday morning here on the East Coast, bringing with it a blast of lingering winter chill – a reminder of how the old likes to hang on for as long as possible until change shakes loose.

Most often we associate new beginnings with the traditional new year on January 1. That’s fine. So, take a look at your progress. Right now, it’s a great opportunity to assess those resolutions and results. How are they working out for you? Are you on your way to that ...

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January 26, 2016 Leave a comment
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David Bowie is dead.

This news shocked me awake two weeks ago on that Monday morning. I couldn’t believe it – still can’t. Tears and tributes and total disbelief from around the world, as social media exploded with the news.David Bowie is still in the news, a full fortnight after his death, with his first number one album and his music dominating the rest of the charts.

At the heart of this, is still the grief and disbelief.

There’s something about mourning someone you’ve never known personally.

There’s also something about mourning someone who had an enormous impact on so ...

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Winter Solstice

December 23, 2015 Leave a comment
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Today, in the Northern Hemisphere, we celebrate the Winter Solstice. As the shortest day and longest night of the year, the Solstice marks the turn from darkness to the rebirth of light.

Look around.

Light is EVERYWHERE this time of year. Sure, sunset is earlier. But as the sun dips below the horizon in a blaze of golden glory, small lights flicker to life on every street.

I don’t know about where you live, but around me there are a record number of holiday lights (Christmas, Yule, Winter Solstice, and lingering Diwali) hanging from the eaves of houses, framing windows, ...

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October 25, 2015 Leave a comment
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By Syndee Barwick 

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu 

First there’s the over-the-top enthusiasm, like you’ve become drunk on your dream, gulping down scenario after scenario. Oh, the things you’ll do! The lives you’ll change! The book you’ll write! The business you’ll start!

But then doubt creeps in, reality slaps you with its harsh truths, and the voices of naysayers – whether others’ voices in your head or to your face, or your own inner critic – deafen you, drowning those sparks ignited by your soul.

How do you keep going in ...

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