Three Principles Living

Judith A. Sedgeman, EdD


How I met Leon

I don't tell this story often because, for people who aren't used to trusting the power of a calm state of mind, it is at best weird and at worst frightening. But it's true, and it happened to me in New York City in the early '90's, when my daughter was a student at New York University, living in a tiny apartment not large enough for me to stay with her. When I visited, I stayed at the Washington Square Park Hotel, several blocks from her. One night, while I was...

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Can we find common ground?

In an insecure state of fear and anxiety, this is how people behave: They expect the worst. They do not trust others, especially others who are "different" from them. They feel on edge and unsafe. They act impulsively out of that fear. They are certain they are justified in any action to protect themselves. In a secure state of peace of mind and wisdom, this is how people behave: They are present in the moment without expectations. They respect others, even those who are "different" from them. They feel calm and at ease in life. They act from insight out...

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Should We Look Before the Fact?

It happens to all of us. We think we're just about to find what we're looking for, and instead, Poof!, it eludes us again. It's hard for all of us to give up the direction we've picked to look a different way.  I thought of this last week when I was sure the keys to my car were somewhere in the house. It passed through my mind that maybe they were in the car in the garage, but I didn't even look there because I was so sure I was...

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One of my students recently said, "I'm so busy, I don't have time to be quiet." What, I wondered, does time have to do with quiet? Time is a construct of thought, a made up measure. Quiet is a state, a deep feeling, not constricted within the boundaries of time. "Well, I'm never quiet unless I have time to unwind," she said. "I have no idea how to be quiet and busy at the same time. I'm not even sure I'd want to. I have so much to do I'm afraid I'd...

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