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- Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel -

Remember that there is a meaning beyond absurdity.
Know that every deed counts, that every word is power.
Above all, remember that you must build your life as if it were a work of art.

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I've been blogging since 2006. The archives on this site go back to 2011.
It's been an incredible journey, with ten years in Africa, two years in Costa Rica and the adventure continues. 

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LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK

I send out brief notes a few times per month, designed to inspire and equip you to live a more harmonious and integrated life. Come join me on the journey! 

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The Choice to Value Love

By Jared | Jun 17, 2016

The country of Bhutan protects 51% of it’s land for conservation, ensures that 60% of the land is covered in forests and is one of the top ten most bio diverse countries on the planet. What does Bhutan value? Costa Rica’s national slogan is “pura vida”, meaning “pure life”. 25% of their land is protected…

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The Revolution Begins at Home

By Jared | May 1, 2016

In my 20 years of philanthropic endeavors, I’ve certainly been guilty of “fighting for peace”. But after many years of deliberate studies lifestyle transformations, I’ve awakened to the irony of that tactic. Why do I gravitate towards fighting? I suppose it’s in my blood. But I also know it’s mostly just because I care so…

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THE CHOICE BETWEEN APATHY & DEMOCRACY

By Jared | Apr 12, 2016

Elections come and go in the United States, and often, little changes. But the 2016 Presidential Election is already proving to be an entirely different animal. Something important is brewing. Due to the dramatic juxtaposition of the characters in this charade, the United States has created the world’s most discussed reality TV show. Sensationalism is…

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The Trend of Celebrity Philanthropy

By Jared | Mar 5, 2016

Society has always been heavily influenced, if not guided, by celebrity. They are the trend setters and often the primary influencers of politics, economic agreements and social environments. Paris Hilton is what you’d call a celebutante: a celebrity not through talent or work, but through inherited wealth and lifestyle. Gandhi was a poor peasant that…

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TECHNOLOGY // Progress or Disconnection?

By Jared | Feb 28, 2016

Is technology helping society progress? Perhaps we need to start by asking a different question. What is progress? PROGRESS // WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY : movement forward or toward a place : the process of improving or developing something over a period of time When we think about enrolling our children in school, my wife and I look at…

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The Way of the Gun

By Jared | Jan 7, 2016

In the early 1400s, Europeans came to the Americas. In 1776, the United States gained independence from Britain and our Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution shortly thereafter. From the 1400s to the 1800s, those Europeans completely annihilated over 100 Million indigenous people across North, Central and South America, 19 Million…

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A Year of Intention, Awe & Love

By Jared | Dec 28, 2015

We’re all aware of the the implications of the ensuing increase of responsibilities the new year brings. Our global social agreement is that the beginning of the year is the time of assessment and recalibration. It’s the time for improving, everything. At the end of every year, I meditate on what I want to experience…

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Love for Resilience

By Jared | Dec 16, 2015

  Life happens. Difficulties sneak in through the blind spots. Relationships are strained by difficult circumstances. Division creeps in and deteriorates relationships, energy, and emotions. With each trial, the door into fear is opened, enticing us to focus on negative possibilities. It can be paralyzing. Once the door is open, we have a choice. We…

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When Alternatives Become the New Norm

By Jared | Dec 7, 2015

Since the beginning of the 1760s Industrial Revolution in the United States, society has been moving exponentially deeper into mass consumption. We have the means to create excess easily and cheaply. And just as importantly, we have the ability to influence and brainwash society into believing that excess will bring us happiness and fulfillment. The…

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