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Once a month I write a newsletter to share ideas and strategies of how to live life more peacefully and joyfully. Below is a listing of my newsletters from 2007 to the present with a brief description of the topic. The title is an active link and will take you to the newsletter. Please visit often, and if you are inspired by the messages, please share them with others. Thank you.

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We Must Civilize Ourselves
If peace is to be achieved it must begin with each individual making a commitment to being peaceful, regardless of what the world offers. The battlefield that needs to be won is the one that exists between the 'events of life' and 'the meaning we assign to these events'. Only when we develop mastery over our thoughts and related emotions will we make progress in our desire for a peaceful world.

Don't Make Me Think For Myself
Previously we lived under a hierarchical structure where a small group of religious and cultural leaders made decisions for us. Now we are being asked to share the responsibilities of leadership and to think for ourselves. This is an opportunity to access our freedom and power.

Suffering Is Optional
As I stood on the steep slope, fatigued to exhaustion, chilled beyond belief, overcome with nausea and dizziness, I came to an important conclusion - I had suffered enough. This realization has served me far beyond the slopes of Kilimanjaro.



2012 Newsletters

2012: A Year of Change - January 2012
I believe we are entering a significant period in our evolution as a species. Life as we have known it for many centuries is undergoing a transformation. Our courage and our capacity as conscious beings will be tested during the trials of change. My intention this month is to share with you some thoughts to assist you to live in peace and joy as we enter 2012.


2011 Newsletters


What Christmas Means to Me - December 2011
If you are like me I expect your experience of Christmas has changed over the years - from the eagerness of youth, to the urgent desire to find that perfect gift, to the wish to celebrate with family and friends. In this newsletter I share my changing consciousness of the meaning of Christmas and in how and what I celebrate.

I Remember - November 2011
When red poppies find their place on the coats and lapels of fellow citizens I find myself in a state of unease. The poppies, meant to symbolize the remembrance of our fallen soldiers, seem too silent in demanding that we find a better means to resolving our most complex challenges as a world community. This month I use my reflections as an opportunity to affirm what it is I do remember.

Does Being Peaceful Mean Being Passive? - October 2011
I need to admit that I have struggled to hold onto my peace and joy these last few weeks. The continued deception pertaining to the events of September 2001, and the arrival of Dick Cheney in my community, has forced me to reflect upon my behaviour and remind myself of some core principles.

Love Thy Enemies - September 2011
I wrote this newsletter with some trepidation. While I desire to write about the events of September 11, 2001, I am also aware that many have been inundated with images and rhetoric from that day that evoke feelings of shock, anger, and despair. It is not my intention to add to these feelings, and yet I believe there are important lessons to learn here.

It's Either Him or Me - August 2011
This newsletter was inspired by a moving story of how a brother and a sister overcame their hurt and disappointment and reconnected with one another. It gives me hope that humanity too and overcome their hurts and disappointments and reconnect with one another. 

Moral Debates - July 2011
I'm intrigued with the question - How do we respond to individuals or a group of individuals who hold ideas, positions and attitudes that are significantly different than our own? This newsletter was inspired by a group of parents who took very different views on how best to educated our children on matters of homophobia and bullying.

This Is My Lucky Day - June 2011
Michael was feeling pretty beaten up. Life had not been easy these last few years, and as a consequence Michael began to feel that he was unlucky. I invited Michael to participate in an experiment with me. The experiment was to see himself as lucky. See what happens when he acknowledges that "Today is my lucky day." 

The Benefits of Collaboration - May 2011
I have found the kind of discussion (and I use that term loosely) during the last month of electioneering curious. There has been much made of the ills of a coalition. If someone were new to the English language it would be easy to assume that a 'coalition' was some kind of dreaded disease that must be avoided at all costs. 

When Disaster Strikes - Part Two - April 2011
I received a number of responses to my March posting - When Disaster Strikes. Many people wrote to share they too have reached the conclusion that exposing oneself indiscriminately to images and messages of disaster, destruction and suffering does not serve us well. I also received responses from individuals who chastised me for "sticking my head in the sand" and not caring about others. This month I further clarify my position.

When Disaster Strikes- March 2011
In witnessing the impact of the earthquake and tsunami on the Japanese people I have been observing the impact on people here. It is clear that many people are being severely affected by what they are seeing, hearing, and imagining is occurring or might occur on distant shores. As I observe the impact these events are having on those around me I wonder whether we are well served by our persistent exposure to the world's most tragic events.

Am I Good Enough? - February 2011
My message this month was inspired by a couple of clients I worked with recently. In each case the young person carried around a core belief of not being good enough. I could see how this core belief was causing deep suffering in their lives. It is my perception that many of us carry around a core belief of not being good enough. I hope my words this month help heal this wound and remind you that you are an amazing being.

Our Choices Have Global Consequences - January 2011
My message this month is a result of reading some letters to the editor of a local newspaper while vacationing in Phoenix, Arizona. The opinions of two authors inspired me to think more deeply about the challenges we face as a global community.


2010 Newsletters


Power & Love - December 2010
My message this month was inspired by my reading of Power and Love by Adam Kahane. Kahane has been instrumental in assisting polarized groups find common ground. Kahane has worked to help restore a relationship between the black and whites in South Africa, the Arabs and Israelis in the Middle East, and the generals and guerrillas in El Salavador. In this article I share five actions to improve humanity.


Reflections on Remembrance Day - November 2010

In this article I ponder about the ongoing relationship humanity has with war and our support for it. I've wondered why it is that we cannot behave in more reasoned and civilized ways. I question why it is considered naive and unrealistic to request that we respond to the challenges and differences we face as a global community with diplomacy and compassion rather than weapons and destruction. 

Lessons From Down Under - October 2010

I've been traveling the last four weeks. I've been fortunate enough to spend time in both Australia and New Zealand. Visiting distant places provides an opportunity to reflect on the things we take for granted. It also offers an opportunity to recognize our differences and our similarities in how we live on this planet. 

Why Are People Looking At Me? - September 2010

My friend Sarah recently returned from Spain. Sarah shared with me an interesting experience she had while there. Sarah described a conversation with the owner of the youth hostel where she was staying."Why is everyone looking at me?" she asked. The answer and her experience in Spain raised some interesting questions for all of us to consider about our willingness to see others. 

Ask And It Is Given - August 2010

Last month I shared my journey to make peace with my day after my car broke down 'beyond Hope'. While this experience was a perfect opportunity to demonstrate mastery over my mental and emotional bodies, there is more to the story. This next part of the story is a powerful lesson about judging others.

Facing Adversity - July 2010

Last weekend I experienced an opportunity to face some adversity. In the grand scheme, what occurred was nothing. But in the moment the change was unsettling. All that happened was that my story about what I thought would unfold had been changed. It took me a moment to release my story of how the day could have gone and make peace with the day I was having.

The Stories We Tell Ourselves - June 2010

In my journey to create peace and joy I have come to recognize the power of stories. Both the stories I tell myself and the stories I allow to be told to me. I've learned that by carefully managing these stories I can create the experience of peace and joy at will. The secret to living joyfully is to recognize our role as a storyteller and to take full responsibility for the stories we tell ourselves.  

Nothing Happened - May 2010

I've come to recognize that much of my suffering has been the result of allowing my happiness to be tied to things being a particular way. I held on to stories and expectations that, in the grand scheme of things, were really 'nothing'. By learning to see the 'nothingness' of these material possessions, by learning to see the 'nothingness' of insisting life show up in a particular way, I have been able to hold onto my peace and joy more easily.

What Do You Do?- April 2010

How do you respond when asked, "What do you do?" What is   your answer? Do you hold the greater vision and own your contribution toward this vision? Or are you seeing only the task in front of you? Are you connected to your higher purpose? Or is your life mostly about putting one foot in front of the other?

Olympic Protest - March 2010

One of the lessons I've gathered from reviewing culture changing events is that all significant human transformations achieved success because of the power of the ideas they promoted and the integrity with which they were presented. Their actions were directed toward creating something new and better rather than on attacking and destroying what they disagreed with.

Is This Racism? - February 2010

In many cases broad, sweeping statements are made in these situations with the effect that we no longer consider these people as individuals but rather as one homogenous group. Implicit in the statements is that all of these people act the same, hold the same beliefs, and represent the same level of risk to our safety and well being.

Peace Is Not A Dream - January 2010

Maybe it's better that Mr. Obama didn't decide to end the wars in the Middle East as he received his Nobel prize because had he done so I, and others, could not have shared in the responsibility for creating peace; we could not have owned the accomplishment of achieving peace. His action might have again supported the idea that peace is the result of someone else behaving different.



2009 Newsletters


What is Our The Best Way to Celebrate Christmas? - December 2009

I've come to accept that Christmas is a grand smorgasbord of experiences and opportunities and that each has the potential to deepen my compassion, appreciation and gratitude of others, and to experience deep joy, love and peace.


What is Our Commitment to Peace? - November 2009
If we are truly dedicated to creating peace, what is our commitment to peace? What resources do we dedicate to peace? Do we have a Department of Peace? Do we have a peace room? Do we have thousands of trained individuals dedicated to teaching peace? Do we dedicate a sizable portion of our government's financial resources to peace?

We Must Civilize Ourselves - October 2009
If peace is to be achieved it must begin with each individual making a commitment to being peaceful, regardless of what the world offers. The battlefield that needs to be won is the one that exists between the 'events of life' and 'the meaning we assign to these events'. Only when we develop mastery over our thoughts and related emotions will we make progress in our desire for a peaceful world.

  • Faith or Fear - September 2009
  • We are in a time of accelerated change. The world as we know it is being transformed - economically, environmentally, and personally. The paradigms, structures, and beliefs systems that guided us in the past are being challenged. New ways of thinking and living are required. 'More of the same' will not work. But underneath all of the choices is one consistent choice - faith or fear?

The Role of Surrender in Creation - August 2009
I've learned that the creative process involves declaring my intentions and then surrendering and allowing life to support my intentions in anyway that is good for all concerned. 

  • Don't Make Me Think For Myself - July 2009
  • Previously we lived under a hierarchical structure where a small group of religious and cultural leaders made decisions for us. Now we are being asked to share the responsibilities of leadership and to think for ourselves. This is an opportunity to access our freedom and power.

  • Beyond Black and White - June 2009
  • Life would be simple if everything were either black or white, good or bad, right or wrong. It would make decision-making so much easier. Life, however, isn't this way. It is filled with complexity and demands that we learn to consider, weigh, sort, and decide.

  • The End of Suffering - May 2009
  • Suffering is a valuable resource to assist us to overcome our resistance to what is and arrive at a place of surrender and acceptance which is the first step on the path of peace and harmony.

  •  How To Change the World - April 2009
  • Margaret Wheatley is an internationally known best selling author who has spent a lifetime studying the nature of human interactions and the impact they have. Wheatley contributed a list of the five conversations she feels we must have with ourselves and others for the sake of our future.

  • The Audacity of Hope - March 2009
  • I have just completed reading Barack Obama's book - The Audacity of Hope - Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream. What Mr. Obama offers is a willingness to dialogue, to consider ideas and perspectives, even those that are different than his own.

  • Suffering Is Optional - February 2009
  • As I stood on the steep slope, fatigued to exhaustion, chilled beyond belief, overcome with nausea and dizziness, I came to an important conclusion - I had suffered enough. This realization has served me far beyond the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

  • Yes We Can - January 2009
  • How we respond to the unpredictability of change is key to our happiness and future success. It is not uncommon to respond to change with fear and trepidation. Many respond to the change by resisting the change. Read a number of ideas and strategies that might assist you in moving through this period of change more successfully.


  • 2008 Newsletters

  • Secrets to a Peaceful Mind - December 2008
  • Two powerful ideas encouraged me to develop a quiet mind. The first idea is that the physical body doesn't distinguish between a 'real' event and an 'imagined' event. The second idea was the discovery that most people think more negative thoughts than positive thoughts - about nine times as many negative thoughts as positive thoughts.

  • Remember What? - November 2008
  • The proliferation of poppies attached to the lapels of people passing in the street is a ritual we have engaged in at this time of year for as long as I can remember. But what exactly is the wearing of the poppy meant to signify? What are we being asked to remember on Remembrance Day?

  • Imagine - October 2008
  • Imagine if we used the electoral process as an opportunity to create. Imagine if we looked to elections as a time to share our dreams, to define our core assumptions, to identify possibilities, and to be inspired by the kind of country and community we might become.

  • Some Assembly Required - September 2008
  • A healthy and peaceful community doesn't happen on its own. It requires the thoughtful actions and intentions of committed citizens who behave in ways to ensure that we live in a safe and healthy community. A healthy and peaceful world too doesn't happen on its own.

  • Lessons from the Street - August 2008
  • There is a growing consciousness that using force to create peace does not achieve the desired result. Yet knowing what not to do does not guide us in how to respond to discord in a positive and peaceful way. What peace-making strategies might move us from divided and combative positions to positions of mutual trust and support?

  • Beyond Black & White - June 2008
  • This month's feature article was inspired by a conversation with a young woman who is struggling with her fear and anger, recent comments made by US President George Bush, and an interview with Professor Alan Young, Director of The Innocence Project. The second article shares thoughts about the childhood game of 'musical chairs' and the impact this game has on the kind of society we wish to create. Finally, a short video clip from my last Vancouver presentation.

  • The Responsibility of Media - May 2008
  • This month I share my struggle when I was invited to become a regular contributor to my local newspaper. I considered if my involvement would make me complicit in the disservice sometimes done by media. The second message explores the question, "Why People Suffer". I examine my own source of suffering and how to move toward peace and joy.

  • What Keeps People Safe - April 2008
  • In this newsletter I explore the question, "What Keeps People Safe?" This is an important question given the state of the world today. I also share the commitments made by individuals working with Martin Luther King to bring civil rights to the United States in the 1960's.

  • Message From the Dalai Lama - March 2008
  • In this newsletter I share the beautiful wisdom I received from the Dalai Lama in his public lecture on "Cultivating Happiness". The Dalai Lama answers the question, "Is force necessary to create peace?"

  • He's Lucky to Have You - February 2008
  • In this newsletter I share a powerful story about my son Joshua. The title of the story is, "He's Lucky to Have You". The story explains how all of us have something valuable to offer and that we benefit when we recognize the gifts of "being" as well as gifts of "doing".


  • Living With Intention - January 2008
  • In this newsletter I share recommendations when making New Year's resolutions. These recommendations are helpful whenever we are identifying and declaring new intentions for ourselves. These recommendations will assist you to live creatively rather than reactively.


  • 2007 Newsletters

  • Who's Responsible? - December 2007
  • In this initial newsletter I share my desire to create peace. I explore the question, "Who's Responsible?" Who is responsible for creating peace, joy, and happiness. When we discover our power to experience peace, joy, and happiness, life becomes an act of creation.