Spirituality and Voting

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Spirituality and Voting Spirituality and voting? Yes, you read that correctly. There is a connection between the inner spiritual life and the outer political one. Individuals do not live merely as individuals, but as individuals within a larger human and natural community. The health, vitality, and well-being of one depends upon the other. Working on […]

What’s the difference between Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning?

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In our Exploring Artificial Intelligence Retreat we use the word ‘artificial intelligence’ or ‘AI’ because AI is closer to what most people think of when they think of a human-created technology that begins to take on human-like qualities, such as autonomy.   Machine Learning Most people working in this field use the term ‘machine learning.’ […]

Being Honest About Yourself

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Describing ourselves should be easy. Who knows better than we do what we can do, and what we can’t? Our talents? Our tastes?   Two Benefits We’re often asked to describe ourselves. Doing this in a straightforward and honest way has two benefits: It helps others. (They know who they are dealing with.) It is […]

Milky Way over Cathedral Rock

Turn Off the Lights to See the Gift of Darkness

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Photo April 30, 2017 by Deborah Lee Soltesz. Credit: U.S. Forest Service Coconino National Forest. So often we think of darkness as a bad thing. Naturally, we prefer to be able to see things clearly. But it is also good to have moments when very little can be clearly seen. This is the time we […]

Connection and the Book of Nature

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It’s only been in the last few years that I began to realize, as I hiked the numerous trails of Sedona, that in my own way I was “reading” nature – that in some ways it had a voice I was listening to.  And then, when I came across this ancient idea, it struck a […]

Discover the Meaning in Your Life

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“…to be able to live [one] must either not see the infinite, or have such an explanation of the meaning of life as will connect the finite with the infinite.” –Leo Tolstoy Meaning No matter who you are or what your life is like, everyone faces a crisis of meaning at some point.  It seems […]

The Art of Asking

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Lawyers are told not to ask witnesses leading questions in court. But all questions lead somewhere. Usually, the kind of question we ask determines the kind of answer we get.   Factual questions are easy to ask, and they get asked a lot. In Sedona, people often wonder, “Why are the rocks red, and how […]

FOMO, FUD, and the Human Condition

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Cultural memes about a specific phenomenon can give us general insight to the human condition. Cryptocurrency is characterized by volatile valuations that are endured by loyalists in the name of privacy, decentralization, and, if you’re lucky, a lambo.   Like any new enterprise, crypto creates neologisms (or neoacronymisms, to be more precise). Two of the […]

Costumes and Conscious Creation

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Halloween is a time for dressing up. It can also be a time for thinking up new possibilities. Trying on a new character opens the door to telling a new story. Doing this the day before or after Halloween could be risky, but this holiday is a special time when permission is widely granted to […]

Come Wander and Wonder with Us

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Discover the grandeur of Sedona’s resplendent red rock country, and take a deep dive into your own personal life. What is happiness in my life? What does success look like for me? Why is success important? By asking and answering questions like this, getting a better understanding of your own inner life is just a […]