NOTE: This site would not be what is without the help from many,
and I have more to add.
Thanks go to:
A psychotherapist, helped me to realize that therapy can be a
great tool for learning how to live a happier life. They can be great
coaches and teachers. We also
loving hours studying ACIM in small groups, something that greatly and beautifully started
me down yet another new journey
to increase my happiness. Her
book can be found here. (amazon) Thanks!
About Finding A Therapist (here for temp
Another important tip I learned was I feel it is important that you find a healthy therapist, or it may not
work well. A healthy therapist can be a valuable mentor/coach who can help
you to see what you don't see in yourself, and one who may have gone
through what you are going through, but now can help you unlearn, for a
healthy therapist has already done that "work". I would like to
add a page, but for now consider: How
do I find find a Good Therapist, apa.org)
For helping out with reviewing many pages, more than once,
and for her supporting me with this site in many ways. Ann provided me
with a deeper understanding of Buddhism, and was a good role model
including dedication, exercise and Yoga, teaching Yoga, as well as
starting a positive book club.
On the back of her holiday cards carried for many years a quote from
"My religion is
Long friend going back to college, he has provided support, wisdom, and
fun as well as his prospective on life in the inspiration section. Thanks!
Long time friend also goes back to just after college. A beautiful spiritual
man who also has supported me in this with wise feedback and suggestions.
Another long time friend who expressed love, and understanding. We would
talk often for hours, and he was always there! He had been a very long time smoker, and quit. He
provided me with probably most of the links in the health section. He
chose a very heroic path when his cancer came back. He was an orphan, and
I felt like we were
brothers to each other. Thanks!
We first met in Boston at a
John Bradshaw workshop on "the family system". He was such a
mentor for me. He then moved to Georgia and over they years sent me gobs
of educational resources from sources on so many life topics. He explained the deep meaning behind the father and son to
a movie that I thought prior to this was just fun, Star Wars! And
then Richie's gifts of understanding, education and compassion
continued. He may
have had one of the only complete collection of Joseph Campbell! He also
provided many introspective videos, just to mention a few: The Buddha,
The Celestine Prophecy, Deepak Chopra, Mary Shelly's
"Frankenstein", Finding Joe, Follow your Bliss, Gandhi, The Gods
must be crazy, Kundum move, Peaceful warrior, Life of PI, Into the wild,
On Being a Man (by Robert Bly and Michael Mead), Carl Jung - The wisdom of
the dream, a life of dreams, and more. I
invite you to consider some of his suggestions. Thanks!
Ben has a keen eye on grammar, something I totally missed by moving
between schools, I was not taught it. I also never expected to write :)!
Ben is great in both a technical as
well as being helpful with many advanced perspectives that help add and improve
too has wonderful quest and curiosity for understanding, and has provided
many insights to me, much like Riche did. Thanks!
A long time friend as well. He has also helped to review the site,
provide feedback, and has such a great perspective on life. Thanks!
A long time friend as well. She has also helped to review the site,
provide feedback, and has been a good role model for
Since people have asked, a bit about me:
I have always
had a great gift of curiosity. It's great, because it drives me to learn.
It was clear that I had this gift when I was quite young. Being a positive
person at heart, as life progressed I felt that maybe the most important
thing I wanted to "master" was happiness, and positive feelings.
I experienced that growing up had it's own set of challenges, but I am
not alone. I make that assumption judging by the
"happiness" of the current environment with so much "us vs.
them", instead of "us + them". I also wanted to learn to help
those that were not always happy. The statement in ACIM says, "You can't have anything unless you
give it away, for giving is proof of having". Through many years, I enjoyed
soaking up tips or tools that could help me become better and better, and was
always willing to share with others what we had learned. If you are
interested and look at what I wrote about Richie above,
you can see that he too, like many of my friends, had a similar, almost frenzy,
full, rich, beautiful quest for increasing healthy positive emotional feelings
provided me with many amazing resources! Ask me and I can share with you some of
my favorites besides that listed by Richie.
I was lucky that had an amazing Grandma
that taught lessons about love, honesty and kindness. This
helped me towards learning how to live a life focusing on love/kindness.
This view from ACIM is that Love is the only feeling that is true
or "real", and from Conversations from god (see below) a view
that our life experiences on this planet can provide us with the contrast
of love verses fear. I believe we are born as love, and that only humans
teach us to fear. This contrast helps me "see"
and appreciate how beautiful Love feels. It
allows me to come back to the realization that "Love"
is the most valuable gift in my life. I focus on and
bask in Love whenever possible. I love to share it,
for doing so strengthens my relationship with love. Giving is proof of
having, and giving only multiplies what you already have.
One of the
greatest gifts given to me many years ago was a
simple understanding of Love vs fear, Truth vs illusion,
(we create the illusions in our minds as thoughts) Truth vs false,
(for me, Love is the only truth)
through A Course In Miracles (acim.org).
excellent summary or
overview of the lessons came from an audio production that I listened
to maybe more than 100 times through the years. This audio version was
available only by cassette, but can now be found
as "serenity through a course in miracles"
I'm listening to it now as I write this :) Gratitude
Recently, another great gift
was to listen to an audio book by Neale Donald Walsch in the link
feel the audio provides me with yet another beautiful "view" and
understanding to life, and I am Grateful.
many years, I had trouble with the word "god", especially as man
with a scientific mind. Back then, I probably would not have listened to
it. You may find it confusing, or complicated. Or
you may not be interested and go play ball instead. Realize that
everybody's journey is different, thank goodness. Playing ball is awesome!
So I only invite you to consider, free choice is yours.
following audio was read from a NY Times Bestseller book. A dear
friend Larry K gave me the book many years ago, but I was not ready for it, and the book didn't
flow for me. At one point in my life, I believed
"channeling" to be a bunch of quack. In short, I invite you to consider
ignoring those kinds of thoughts and just
feel if the message
sounds true to you. I hope you enjoy the audio version of Conversations
P.S. One last note is that I currently wish to remain anonymous. For example, if you know me, I would love to
talk to you, but I would appreciate and request that if you mention this
site to others, say for example, "David M wrote some pages on
You can contact me by sending a message to DavidM at this site.
Thanks also goes to ALL (for now that has to cover people that I would have
included) including friends, YMCA members, and everyone else
who helped directly or indirectly. And thank you!
I am at peace, presence and awe from the creation of ever changing water,
especially flowing water from waterfalls, and streams.
May the Love in all of us, shine through for all of us.
Thank YOU for reading this!
By David M
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