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You ARE the Meaning of Life

September 16, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“At the moment, I rest easy with the notion that I don’t need to ask or answer the question “Does my life have meaning?” All I need to do is keep living…”

 “… birds and trees… don’t worry about whether their lives have meaning. They simply be what they can be. Parker Palmer, On the Brink of Everything

A View from the Ferry

Here I am in Greece. Well, actually I’m on a ferry crossing the Mediterranean Sea from the island of Crete to Santorini. Reading Parker Palmer’s On the Brink of Everything, I find myself once again encouraged to ponder the meaning of life and this time coming to the conclusion that it is a futile question because the meaning of life is simply to live… simply.
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#83 Dena Crowder: The Influence of Your Unconscious

September 11, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

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My special guest today is becoming a regular on the show, perhaps because he is my personal life coach. I have to admit that I have learned as much from Dena as I have from any friend, coach or therapist. She truly is full of genius.

As you may or may not know I recently returned from one-month Uganda meeting with government officials and creating a Sanitation and Hygiene program for people in rural villages. (You can find out all about this on podcast #81 on Poverty.)

Today I want to talk to Dena about Archetypes and the unconscious and how that combination impacts every single thing we do.

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#81 Charlie: Deep Poverty-Physical or Emotional

August 28, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

It’s good to be home from Africa… I think. My body thinks it is 2:00 in the morning so I’m a bit brain dead. But that isn’t about to stop me from discussing some of my observations from Uganda in 2018.

The thing I’d like to focus on today is Poverty. Why is it that people that live in homes win dirt floors, no electricity, no running water, no access to clean drinking water, and dressed in tattered clothing seem to have a semblance of contentment where as people in the US suffer from depression, addictions, and suicide?

That is the conversation I’d like to have today.


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Understanding—Love’s Other Name

August 24, 2018 by Charlie Hedges − 0 Comments

“Understanding is love’s other name. If you don’t understand, you can’t love.” Nhat Hanh

Okay. It is August 24, 2018 and I just returned from nearly one month in Uganda, a place where I am the outsider looking in. And yet I was accepted and loved by so many people. The gratitude expressed for bringing clean water to a contaminated water site is extraordinary.

I find two words underscoring the core of my external behavior with a people radically different from those I know is the US—kindness and understanding. As a result I was accepted, respected and sometimes even surprisingly so.
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