The Enneagram’s Call to Civility

By hhavlick / December 19, 2019 /

Much of Twitter—at least, the trending hashtags—has become a dumpster fire, fed by the steady lighter fluid stream of people’s anger and frustration. The things people are willing to say to each other continue to stun me. Having studied the…

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How the Enneagram Saved Christmas

By hhavlick / December 19, 2018 /

  Until recently, Christmas with my family was pretty easy. My husband and I would load up the Jeep with luggage and gifts and drive four hours north. Everyone lived in the same small Northern California town, so we’d gather…

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Spiritual Transformation Gets Better – But Only If You Keep Going

By hhavlick / May 19, 2017 /

I am being repeatedly disabused of the notion that spiritual growth is beautiful and sweet. Lately, it’s been confusing, hard and occasionally devastating. Sometimes I feel like I am free-falling to the new normal. To borrow from a Johnny Clegg…

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Whatever You Do, Don't Trust Your Emotions

By hhavlick / March 31, 2017 /

As I continue to study emotions for a book I’m writing, I have come across this astonishing bit from The Evolution of Consciousness: “Mental processes are not organized around thought or reason but around emotional ideals: how we feel we…

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“Be here now” – But What if Now Sucks?

By hhavlick / February 3, 2017 /

Be Here Now. The Power of Now. The Naked Now. These books capture current popular thought about the importance of being present to your own life. I am a huge proponent of this idea; I’ve written multiple posts about becoming…

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Peace is a Realm, and It Has a Prince

By hhavlick / December 23, 2016 /

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) I’ve heard several…

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Learn to Inhabit the Present

By hhavlick / November 18, 2016 /

Yesterday, I was walking down the hall and started thinking about something that had happened recently. I was concocting a response to that event, should someone ask me for my perspective. As I was creating a dazzling response in my…

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The Post-Election Cleanse: How to Center and Move Forward

By hhavlick / November 10, 2016 /

Well, we made it. The election is over, and we survived. It’s likely that half of you are elated at the seemingly miraculous Trump win, and the other half are devastated by the Clinton loss. For some, you didn’t vote…

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Keeping Busy – Our Culturally Sanctified Addiction

By hhavlick / October 6, 2016 /

There are a lot of skateboarders in my seaside town, so occasionally I’ll see an official metal sign prohibiting that activity – and, either on the sign or close by, a “Skateboarding is not a crime” sticker. I’d like to…

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Sometimes the Spiritual Learning Curve is Too Steep

By hhavlick / September 16, 2016 /

During the learning process, students may become overwhelmed with too much information. The brain, like a sponge, reaches a saturation point at which it can’t take in any more. There’s actually a term for it: cognitive overload. This describes me…

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Quick Start Guide to Centering Prayer

This short guide gives you the essentials for learning to be still and quiet before God so you can hear his voice and feel his love in a deeper way.

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