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I bought a stranger food, and it was surprising

Imagine this: A heavy-set man stops you in the street. He’s wearing a slightly stained t-shirt, has a beard a few days old, and asks if you have 10 dollars to give to him so he can buy food.

He says he’ll give you his mobile number so he can return you the money when he gets paid next week. He wants to buy some juice and some cookies.

What would you do?

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The Invitation: A call to live fully and courageously

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.
I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.

So begins the poem The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer, defiantly rejecting our common preoccupation in life and conversation. In its place she draws our attention immediately to the heart of life, and we are asked show our authentic and naked selves.

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A world of dreams: Don Miguel Ruiz on The Four Agreements and the Toltec worldview

These days it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the number of ways we can improve our lives.

We’re surrounded by books wanting to helps us be happier, spiritual guides that promise to heal our souls, mindfulness and meditation books, and lists of the x number of rules you need to follow to live well.

Then there are books like The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. In a modest 150 pages, Ruiz, a former surgeon who decide to embrace his Toltec nagual (shaman) roots, manages to describe a view of living in the world that is both concise and comprehensive.

Instead of a list of tips, it presents a broad perspective on life as the Toltecs saw it (or, at least, the way Ruiz teaches it), then offers more practical principles on how we can live differently.

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