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Part 14: LIVING HERE – Do we have free will?

Perhaps a useful way to approach this subject of will is to “pop the hood” so to speak, and look at the machinery inside a little; to take a look at the wheels-within-wheels and to seriously pose the question: “Do I have free will?” When I look into this for myself, I find that from […]

Part Thirteen:LIVING HERE – Bedtime Stories

As very young children, we’re told fabulous bedtime stories. Even if our parents never actually read stories to us, we take in all of our life-story at the nipple of life, so to speak. And what we’re fed adds not only flesh to our bones, but ideas to our head. From birth right up to […]

Part Twelve: LIVING HERE – When old tricks don’t do the trick!

There’s a certain kind of anguish we all experience when apparent realities collide! We’re talking about that mouthless scream that happens when we see we’re wedged tight between our contradictions; when we’re in such a pressed place we can’t… hardly…breathe, and yet…somehow we must! At first, the old tricks do the trick and we wiggle […]

Part Eleven: LIVING HERE – Death, Dreams and Grace

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool…because almost everything -all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.” (Steve Jobs) Famous or infamous, rich or poor, we all assume a dream life shortly […]

Part Ten: LIVING HERE – The End of Fear and Hope

We start to toddle in early childhood and spend the rest of our days teetering into tomorrow. Our balance is precarious; we reach for that parental hand that will help hold us up, keep us going and otherwise save us from what we fear may harm us. From our first, hesitant steps into our brave […]


I recently interviewed with Rick Archer over at Budda at the Gas Pump ( and am delighted to share the video with my friends on NDL. Here’s the intro and the video. Be well! James. DISCOVERING OUR NATURAL WELL-BEING As the name suggests, well-being is natural – that is, it’s a normal condition (if not […]