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Saturday Jul 09, 2016

The Man with the Dog Novella

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My novella The Man with the Dog was chosen as one of twenty five finalists in the 1888 Summer writing project.

Here is a brief interview of myself speaking about the book, writing, and art. Please click here.

You can also read the novella here.

Saturday May 28, 2016

Tip Ten: Floral Arrangement

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell

TIP TEN: FLORAL ARRANGEMENT

While self-confidence takes time to blossom, you can still demonstrate laudable qualities on your journey, even if you’re harboring insecurity; no special training is required for respectfulness, compassion, loyalty, and integrity. Knowing that character answers all questions has great liberating power.

No one, including yourself, will deter you from your mission. Dedication to your dharma will eventually flower into fulfillment and self-confidence.

Thursday Apr 14, 2016

mystery of synchronicity

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Swiss Army Knife

The mystery of synchronicity …

Psychiatrist Carl Jung coined the word synchronicity to describe events of meaningful coincidence with no apparent causal relationship.

When I was traveling through Europe in 1981, I lost my Swiss Army Knife.

Fast forward to 2015: One morning, I opened the door to my studio, and there on the ground, I find the same model Swiss Army Knife that I had lost all those years ago. The knife had seen much bad road.

I asked around, including the UPS and FedEx drivers if they lost such a knife. No lost knife from them.

I can’t explain how or why this knife ‘returned’ to me any better than Jung’s concept of synchronicity.

Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Tip Nine: Independence Day Redux

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell

TIP NINE: INDEPENDENCE DAY REDUX

You think and feel for your own self. Committed to firsthand experience, you establish the merit of things. You don’t relinquish your perception or power to experts. You don’t rely on reviews, critics, and other secondhand sources to decide for you.

Despite the unrelenting gravity that society exerts in controlling the rigid flow of the mainstream, you choose autonomy—not mindless dogma.

Independence without considered discernment is a flaw.

Monday Mar 07, 2016

Tip Seven: Gratitude, Grace, and Oysters

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


TIP EIGHT: GRATITUDE, GRACE, AND OYSTERS

You feel gratitude, not necessarily about any single thing, but for the state of gratitude itself. You focus on your blessings, which bolsters self-worth.

Arriving on the heels of adversity, grace is yet another test of restraint, or will power—a prerequisite for a self-confident person who lives in the present moment of fulfillment instead of future uncertainty, doubt, and hope.

The world is your oyster because through will power you have cast out the irritants called greed, envy, and insecurity. Only the pearl of goodwill remains.