Monthly Archives: August 2008

A Very Shy Wild Animal

Over at Whiskey River I found a stunning quotation from Thomas Merton’s book, New Seeds of Contemplation: . The false self consists of all of the efforts we make to nurture a reputation for ourselves in the mind of others. In our culture, we have a compulsive need to be validated by external sources. But […]

On Acceptance

There is so much hubbub around us about self-help and improvement that the key precondition of personal change — self-acceptance — often gets completely lost. I’m as guilty of this one as anybody, and maybe more than most. If you are interested, as I am, in all things self-actualized, you too may experience the dilemma. […]