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A Nose For This

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My dad comes from a proud line of prominent nosed peoples. I take after my father in many ways, and the nose is quite obviously one of those. My parents were always generous with their love toward their children and I grew to develop a fairly good sense of self. But my nose was always…

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Taste 1536 1536 Nicole

https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep307-taste.m4a I began this podcast with a 10-day mindfulness challenge. I thought the start of Lent a fitting time to return to it. I encourage you consider using these 10 episodes to begin or renew a habit of mindfulness practice for your Lenten season intention. Since taste is highly dependent on a sense of smell,…

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Imperfect Perfection: focus on the current excellent thing

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep212-Imperfect-Perfection.m4a Imperfect Perfection: focus on the current excellent thing, strength and beauty of the whole. I just returned from leading a workshop in Santa Fe on Developing Creative Leadership by incorporating mindfulness. The travel was long and more taxing that I anticipated, and my focus was compromised through the first half of the workshop. So…

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Groundhog Day and Doing Teshuvah

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  https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep211-Groundhog-Day-Teshuvah.m4a   Today is Groundhog Day, and I immediately think of the Andie McDowell and Bill Murray film in which Murray plays a weatherman [meteorologist] who repeatedly wakes up on the same day only to relive it. He returns to the same sequence of events, but in doing so, is invited to alter his…

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The Agony and Awe of Parenting

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep210-agony-and-awe-of-parenting.m4a The Agony and Awe of Parenting This week I had a sacred exchange of texts with my sister-in-law, Jean, about the blessed agony a parent experiences when her child is hurting and struggling. It is one thing to welcome the meannesses to the inner home of the heart when the surprise guest is personal.…

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Mindfulness and Depression

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep209-Mindfulness-and-Depression.m4a Mindfulness and Depression Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations have come and gone, and we now find ourselves in the second week of January. After two weeks of being nearly housebound because of the extreme cold it is currently 55 degrees and drizzling. The little snow cover from this past week is completely gone,…

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An End-Of-Year Examen

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep208-end-of-year-examen.m4a An End-Of-Year Examen It is the end of the year, 2017. It is easy to perhaps breathe a sigh of relief that the year is over, and maybe – flippantly – mumble a resolution for the coming year, or even create a spreadsheet filled with goals. Consider with me another way to journey across…

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Consent to Love

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep207-consent-to-love.m4a Consent to Love Mary replied to the angel, “Here am I, your servant. Let it be according to your word.” God has brought down the powerful and lifted the lowly; filled the hungry with all their needs and sent the wealthy away empty handed. My favorite Christmas cantata since I was young is Ralph…

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A Collision of Peace

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep206-collision-of-peace.m4a A Collision of Peace As long as some are not at peace, I cannot really know true peace. What brings you peace? Recently, in the field of physics someone developed a simplified (for physicists, anyway) model, or sketch, to describe what happens after particles collide. Nima Arkani-Hamed, a Princeton physicist, discovered a shape that…

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Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent

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  https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep205-cultivating-delight-during-advent.m4a Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent This week, in practicing hope, the longing or desire for something –accompanied by the belief in the possibility that it will actually occur, I noticed something happening: during moments of frustration and discouragement, a sense of hope arose unbidden. Reflecting on this, something else surfaced: joy. Joy is…

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