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Last week I wrapped up a 10-day silent meditation retreat. In fact, it was the 5th 10-day retreat I had sat within the last few years.
I get many questions when I share this, the most common of which is: Why?
There are many, many reasons why I sit retreats and maintain a regular meditation practice. And I'm going to let you in on one major reason. In fact, this reason directly relates to cultivating better communication skills.
I distinctly remember the...
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I was in the car when a friend of mine jumped into the back seat.
Almost immediately after shutting the door, he said, "Okay, can we take a minute and talk about those guys?"
We had just spent a weekend away at a bachelor party for a friend of ours. As with many bachelor parties, there is often an amalgamation of different friend groups coming together to celebrate a common cause.
This bachelor party weekend was no exception.
In fact, I already knew (and was...
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I'm assuming you've been in a heated exchange before, right? Of course you have. You're a human being!
And I was in one just the other day with someone who, for the purposes of this post, we'll call Bob.
The conversation started in typical fashion - an exchange of "how are you's" and general life updates. Once we got past the pleasantries, we started on a topic that we had clashed over in the past.
It turns out that Bob actually many unexpressed...
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"I want to ask him, but he'll probably say no," she said, discouraged by the thought.
"Why do you think he'll say no?" I inquired.
"Because he has family here, his friends are here, all of his work connections are here and he is barely making ends meet, he just signed a new lease for an apartment... I have also only really known him for 2 months and I don't want to seem like a crazy person!"
I was speaking to a...
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One thing that has been shaking up my world lately is that my sister, who lives in New Zealand, is visiting Toronto for the next 6 weeks. And here is the kicker: she is living with me for that time.
That's right - I have a new roommate for 6 weeks that, in all honesty, I probably wouldn't have chosen as my top pick for a roommate.
And the transition with her here hasn't been the easiest for me. In...
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