All “Empowered Thinking” Posts for 2021

All "Empowered Thinking" Posts for 2021

Here you'll find everything I wrote in 2021 in the category of "Empowered Thinking."  There's also a companion post that lists all the 2021 posts in my "Practical Skills" category. 


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Use the links in the box below to jump to a collection of posts, or scroll down the page manually and browse through them all. To read an overview of this post category, go to the Empowered Thinking for Deep Change page.

I hope you find something to enjoy, and thanks for reading along this year. I'll be back with more in 2022!


"Empowered Thinking" 2021 Post Collections

(This category was previously called "Thinking Differently.")

Empowered Thinking

Examine and learn from the year gone by, to make your New Year resolutions far more effective. Or use this process during any kind of ending and new beginning.

5 Questions to Help You Learn From Last Year and Make the Most of This Year

An index of all the “Empowered Thinking” posts written on ARealGreenLife in 2021.

All “Empowered Thinking” Posts for 2021

Where those difficult emotions might be coming from, what might be amplifying them, and why it’s important to be gentle with yourself when they show up.

Difficult Emotions are Allies in Disguise

The “bus” I’m talking about is entire populations of people all gabbling without listening to one another and without thinking clearly. The bus is hurtling toward a cliff, with no-one in the driver’s seat. ​The opinions, the conflict, the angst, are all fueling the bus. Here’s how to understand what’s going on, and how to disengage from the insanity.

Get Off the Bus

You have a limited amount of mental space and its up to you to choose what to fill it with. In this post, I’ll share 3 practices for using our thinking to “bring ourselves home.”

3 Ways to Bring Ourselves Home

We’re so in the habit of controlling each other/being controlled that we’ve forgotten how to think for ourselves. We’re so overwhelmed by the challenges we face that we assume there’s nothing we can do (and it’s all our fault). And we assume that controlling each other is necessary and failing was inevitable because humans are just basically bad. Let’s re-examine these habits and assumptions.

Empowered Thinking for Deep Change

There are 3 core skill sets that I believe can help us live together in more compassionate, just, sustainable, and enjoyable ways. I call them: Internal Self-parenting Skills, Sustainable Living Skills, and Relationship Skills.

The ​3 ​Skill Sets ​​​We Need for a ​​Kinder Culture

Most of us, most of the time, do ​the things we do ​for stick, carrot, or avoidance reasons. ​But to really thrive, ​we need to do things for gift reasons.

The Stick, the Carrot, and the Gift

The ease and comfort of a modern life aren’t all they were cracked up to be in terms of deep satisfaction and a sense of meaning and purpose.

Seeing Through the Seductions of Science and Technology

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Reconnecting

The moon influences the ocean and its tides, the flow of sap and the life force in our gardens, and the behavior of many different birds, animals, and crustaceans. If we choose to pay attention, it can also indicate ways that we humans can align ourselves with the rhythms and cycles of life in our efforts to bring ourselves back into harmony with nature.

The Dark Moon – Realigning Ourselves With the Rhythm of Life

The Equinoxes mark the two points in the year round of the seasons where the number of hours of daylight and darkness are roughly equal, and so they are a good time to invite balance into our lives. This post introduces the Wheel of the Year and shares my Journaling practice for the Equinoxes.

Spring Equinox – Journaling to Invite Balance

21st century science now finally agrees with Eastern philosophy and Indigenous wisdom that we share a common field of consciousness. It’s hidden in plain site, all around us all the time. It’s even more under-appreciated and under-utilized ​than ​the other forms of “the commons” that we share.

The Commons, Common Sense, and a Common Field of Consciousness

Introducing the metaphorical “seasons” of birth/emergence, growth, full bloom, harvest, decay, death, and re-emergence. We misunderstand the seasons of decay and death, so we go to extraordinary lengths to avoid them – which means we miss out on the gifts of inner growth they have to offer.

The Cycle of Life

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