Goodbye Careful Cara: Next Steps

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My last blog post, “Goodbye Careful Cara,” caught me by surprise. My public declaration about finally mustering up the courage to leave behind my false persona of pleasing and perfecting turned out to be a common thread and connector to many of you. Not only did your comments and emails cheer me on as I fearlessly step into a new …

Goodbye Careful Cara

Cara Bradley Human Potential, On The Verge, Truthtelling 16 Comments

Okay, here it goes. In my gut I’ve wanted to say what I’m about to say for a while and today I’m finally ready to just do it. A few days ago I had two “aha” insights. I’ve become Careful Cara.  I’m ready to leave her behind. Over the past 12 years, I’ve been meticulously careful and cautious about what I do …

Trading in Unworthiness for Kindness

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Meditation teacher and writer Sharon Salzberg tells the story of meeting his Holiness the Dalai Lama at a conference in India in the 90s. Upon asking the Dalai Lama about the concept of self-hatred, he expressed confusion and asked his translators to explain. According to Salzburg, after a few minutes of whispering and giggling with his translators, the Dalai Lama …

Choose to be Free Right Now

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My neighborhood sits alongside Valley Forge National Historical Park, the land marking the turning point of the Revolutionary War. Hidden in the woods, there’ s a small memorial stone dedicated to the soldiers who encamped there through the historic cold winter of 1777–1778. It reads: “To those who fought for freedom, dignity, and the beginning of a new nation.” Thousands …

Real Fearlessness

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Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You’re willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world.—Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche In my last blog post, My Two Friends: Fear and Fearlessness, I described the conversation that tends to go on between fear and fearlessness. …

Don’t Miss This Moment

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Each moment missed is a moment unlived. – Jon Kabat Zinn Life is happening. Your life is happening. Right now in this very moment your life is in process. Moments are coming and going, never to return again. No matter what you’re doing or not doing or what you’re saying or not saying, this moment matters as much as any …