Compassion and Self-Esteem

The inestimable Karen Armstrong was a guest speaker at my synagogue’s Sabbath service this past week. She drew from different religions’ references to the central idea of kindness and acceptance of others.  In the case of the Old Testament or Torah, she referenced the story of Abraham welcoming, for no apparent reason, three strangers into his camp on a hot …

Alone with yourself

“You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with” Wayne W Dyer Don’t you just love the idea Wayne Dyer promotes here? If you like yourself, you’re never lonely, even or especially when you’re alone. It’s a simple and beautifully elegant truth. No matter how much you love or like someone else, they can never be exactly …

Suicide and Self Harm

Death by one’s own hand is always tragic. It evokes identifications with the unhappy person as well as contemplation about what circumstances could be that bad that death is deemed preferable. This is all ratcheted up several notches when the person is famous, is a celebrity, and appears, at least to the outside world, to “have it all”. We might …

Interview with Fanny Kiefer

I was both fortunate and honored to be interviewed by Studio 4’s Fanny Kiefer yesterday, Monday 6th February.   I had never done a tv interview before and was appropriately nervous. She and her team are so expert and professional I was very quickly set at ease and hardly noticed the passing of time as we spoke. It was a …