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When something we really, really want to do is adharmic…

I like to overindulge in sense pleasures.  My particular weakness is chocolate. What’s the big deal, right??  But I can’t stop at one square.  Now really, what difference does too much chocolate make?  What’s the big deal?  Well, at it’s core even that small defiance violates dharma and agitates my mind. It steels my freedom. Continue reading “When something we really, really want to do is adharmic…”

Enlightened Parenting

Parenting – the Ultimate Endurance Test

When I decided to have a child, never did I realize the extent of my Parental Responsibility and how many times it would push me to the limits of my endurance.  And just when you think you’ve crossed the finish line and your child has ‘grown up’ that’s when you hit the next phase and realize you’re never done.   Continue reading “Parenting – the Ultimate Endurance Test”

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The joy really is not in the objects

It’s the end of the year, and all around me people are hell-bent on finding the joy…. in the food they eat, the drinks they consume, the shopping they do and the holidays they enjoy. All fun in the moment.  But then what?  In a week they go back to their regular lives, all the joys spent and over. Memories stored up and feasted on until 50 more weeks have passed and it can all be re-enacted.

‘After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, love, and so on — have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear — what remains?’  Walt Whitman

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The Rights of Parents

In the first few weeks of the school year, teachers often roll out the ‘Rights and Responsibilities’ teaching – wherein the class together explores and agrees the rights of all the people in the class, as well as the responsibilities that go along with that.  A similar concept exists for parents – there are rights and responsibilities that go along with having a child. Continue reading “The Rights of Parents”