2020

Thought Busters

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

Have you ever had to break-though a bleak thought? Bleak is just another word for “stressed out” or “miserable me.” It happens with an unannounced visit from unwanted emotions. Bleak emotions find their way to the surface at the worst possible moments. There is not enough vigilance to keep my pathetic mindset away. I’ve tried…

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Sensory Loaded

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

I sat in the exam room, waiting for the general physician to return with the results about the physical pain I’d been experiencing. When the doctor returned, she explained the source of my problem was clearly the sciatic nerve in the lumbar region of the spine. A herniated disc caused radiating pain from the lower…

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Force-Free Belief

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

While the suspension of disbelief may be an enjoyable experience during a story, suspending personally embedded beliefs in exchange for a contrary value is often an unrealistic request. Many attest to the difficulty of postponing skepticism of a novel philosophical view, mainly when the challenger is its polar opposite. Here’s a question to illustrate: what…

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Herd Reality

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

People often exhibit a herd mentality. It’s a psyche safety net based on experience. For example, the herd will notice an unwelcomed stranger because of its unacceptable behavior. It could be walking backward, talking with gobs of food in the mouth, reading aloud in a library, or using the opposite gender’s restroom. For most, intuition…

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Let Go Tightly

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

When I met Fred, he was 94 years old with a full head of hair, slicked black with oil. He had a friendly clean-shaven face with bushy graying brows and clear twinkling eyes. As he wandered towards me with careful steps, he made mumbling sounds, which turned into an audible, “Hello!” He then flashed a…

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Garbage Land

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

Earth has one ocean with many names. It has most recently been named “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” (GPGP). This is because of all the floating plastics debris in the ocean. According to research conducted by The Ocean Clean-Up North Pacific Foundation, there is currently an accumulation of about 1.1 to 3.6 trillion pieces of…

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Hope Space

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

At lunch with friends in Palm Springs several years ago, I was seated across the table from Edgar D. Mitchell, ScD, an Apollo 14 astronaut. The group’s conversation circled from family, marriage, and children, mostly people topics. Edgar spoke about his grandchildren, who tended to leave various kid materials trailing as they explored his home.…

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Peace-Meal

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

My unavoidable daily task of commuting often included attempts to read bumper stickers as a means of mental floss. While some were quirky, such as “Visualize Whirled Peas,” others, like “Don’t Believe Everything You Think,” made me reflect. Some favorites made me laugh: “Gardening is cheaper than therapy – and you get tomatoes!” In the…

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Introduction to the 3Principles

By Eric Zúñiga / June 20, 2020 /

Psychologists, educators, and life coaches who expound upon The 3Principles, also known as the 3Ps, can be found worldwide. Based on “Mind, Consciousness, Thought,” this program was founded by Sydney Banks (1931 – 2009). While there are many avenues to learn about the 3Principles, Mr. Banks’ collection of works is unanimously recommended for newcomers and…

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