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St. Patrick & Judging Our Judgments

I wrote most of this on Thursday, March 17, which was St. Patrick’s Day, but did not finish. Then I was in a wedding this past weekend with lots of festivities along with friends and family in town until last night. So please pardon the delay. And please know that I still love myself. We can be [more…]

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Why You Can Always Love Yourself Unconditionally

We’ve been big into self-love lately here at A Clean Mind. Last week, we wrote about moving from thinking about loving ourselves to actually feeling it; anytime, anyplace. Now let’s get to the reason why. Because we can be SO hard on ourselves. I know I sure can. I can honestly say that I’ve achieved mastery of that… [more…]

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FEELING Love More Deeply. You. NOW!

I’ve written a bunch here over the years about being nicer to ourselves, talking nicely to ourselves, loving ourselves. You know, that sort of minor thing… You see, I realized just a few years ago that I was being a total jerk to myself! And I thought about it, and that just didn’t make sense. So [more…]

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2016: The Year of the Happy Train!

Happy Train. Sear it into your mind. Happy Train. It’s an awesome expression. Happy Train. It’s a way of life. Happy Train. It makes a statement. Happy Train. It’s easy to remember. Happy Train. And people resonate with it – or not – immediately. From children to adults to the elderly, everybody knows if they’re on the Happy [more…]


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Hi folks! Yes, I’ve been a slacker blogger lately… Actually I’ve been as busy as ever. The counseling practice is really taking off, and I’m doing some interesting work on the side, too. And I’ve had lots of gigs on mandolin recently. We still have a big year coming up, though. We’ll be covering all kinds [more…]

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The Tiny, Mad Idea

We’re going to get pretty Jedi today. It’s very subtle, though. Here we go… I’d like to introduce the phrase “tiny, mad idea.” This refers to that first seemingly true thought that enters our mind and begins to hijack our peace. Everyday examples include, “This suck,” “I failed,” “It’s her fault,” “Just my luck,” etc. [more…]


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Am I Qualified To Judge?

Things happen all the time that we don’t want to happen. Big things might include death, disease, divorce, injury, and job loss. Smaller things might include spilling the spaghetti sauce on the counter or being slightly late to an appointment. Humans are sponges from the time we come out of the womb, learning things all [more…]

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What Pushes Your Buttons?

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Push my buttons.” This is when we have a strong emotional reaction. Usually we don’t like when our buttons are pushed. We should, though. Really? That sounds like crazy talk! Why on earth should we like when someone or something pushes our buttons? Because if we look deeply and without [more…]

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I Don’t Care How I Feel!

I have a different view of feelings than many people, and I’ve talked about it a lot on this blog. That’s because understanding feelings (and thus not making a big deal out of them) is so important to being at peace. When you experience for yourself that feelings are nothing more than nameless, temporary energy [more…]


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Inner vs. Outer

The way I teach people to handle their problems is to always start with the inner. Get that cleared out first, because the outer tends to follow the inner. I know this might sound weird, but that’s fine. Remember that I’m a really logical person who first tries things out to see if they work. [more…]

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All anybody really wants is peace. The good news is that peace can be learned. I’m serious. This should be taught in middle school, but it’s not. So I’m teaching it now.


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