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Dr. Rick Pimental-Habib Ph.D

"Using nothing more concrete than the fantasies we create from our own personal history with ‘similar’ people, we default to what’s familiar.” Read more

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“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” — Joseph Campbell Read more

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I once heard a wonderful lecture given by Blanche Hartman, who is affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center. She spoke about loving the world. And about having a heart that is big enough to do so. But first, she advised, one must develop a ... Read more

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I came across this lovely, hopeful meditation and want to share it with you. I believe it describes what we get to look forward to by working on ourselves…engaging in the life-long process of developing mindfulness, kindness, and compassion ... Read more

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In relationships, it’s easy to become careless. To stop appreciating your sig other and all the ways they help make life meaningful for you. To become lazy with affection. To ignore signs. To lessen communication. Perhaps you’ve forgotten why you ... Read more

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When you’re quiet and pondering, meditating or praying, do you ever start to think, “How did I get here? What in the world happened?” Those are the times to remember that everything you’ve thought, said and done in the past has formed your ... Read more

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Often easier said than done, but the truth is that nothing is worth your peace. Not an annoying person, a frustrating experience or a debilitating situation. The philosopher Osho puts it like this: “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock... Read more

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Remember learning in science class that energy cannot be created nor destroyed? It can only be changed. Here in the West, we humans often vastly underestimate the power of thought, of feeling, of intention. For instance, it is when we experience ... Read more

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Buddhist monk, author, and Nobel Peace nominee Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that love is the capacity to take care, to protect, to nourish. And if we are not capable of generating that kind of energy toward ourselves, if we are not capable of taking ... Read more

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It’s been a while since we’ve shared lessons from our collective experiences, and I figure there’s no time like the present. Beginning with an article from a friend, and adding lessons from my own life, as well as input from you—thank you ... Read more

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Some of the greatest obstacles to becoming who we want to become include the stumbling block of taking things personally; the difficulty we have in caring too much about the opinions others have of us; and worrying that we aren’t enough—not smart ... Read more

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Taking responsibility for your actions can be tricky. I mean, who wants to be responsible for their own hardships…relationship difficulties, illness, personal and family problems, etc. You may think you’ve done it, but there are subtleties that ... Read more

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We are near the half-year mark (give or take a few weeks) and I’ve always found this a helpful time to re-evaluate internal growth, direction and long-held beliefs. As we embark on summer adventures, relationships, or simply warm-weather ... Read more

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In the work I do helping people navigate life’s challenges, I sometimes refer to “personal intersections”, those moments when you come to an intellectual, spiritual, or emotional crossroads, and are faced with making a decision. Intersections are ... Read more

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I was speaking to a friend recently about some very serious physical pain he’s experiencing. His attitude about life reflected this pain, as he had lost most of his interest in the world around him. His body and his mind were depressed. Read more

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This being the final week of National Pride Month, I am recalling the many conversations I’ve had with parents of gay offspring. These loving folks had a lot of support via PFLAG, and also a lot of questions. In honor of families finding the path ... Read more

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When a person’s belief is challenged by new or opposing information, it creates a great deal of inner conflict. In order to avoid the confusion, anxiety, and turmoil that come from questioning themselves, they dig their heels in deeper. This state... Read more

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“I always wanted to be somebody. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” — Lily Tomlin. This well-known quote from the brilliant comedienne/actress Ms. Tomlin has a lot of meaning below its humorous surface. To wonder, “Who am I ... Read more

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In previous months this column drew inspiration from female authors for Women’s History Month, and from black authors during Black History Month. June is the traditional month of LGBTQ Pride, when most participating cities around the world hold ... Read more

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An elderly woman had two large pots, one hung on either  end of a pole which she carried across the back of her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of ... Read more

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I’ve had an abundance of conversations with friends lately about having fun, enjoying good times with friends/loved ones, and just being yourself. Perhaps it’s the approach of summer and its possibilities, hopefulness. And as it happens, the ... Read more

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At the beach recently, a couple of friends and I felt absolutely ridiculous. And loved it. Frolicking in waves that were big enough to knock a person upside down, feet jutting straight up from the water. Laughter with total strangers around the ... Read more

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September 18, 2019

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September 19, 2019

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September 20, 2019

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September 21, 2019

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September 22, 2019

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September 23, 2019