• About Leela

    What if we all need time away?

    by  • November 10, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I’m part of a lot of organizations. That happens when you’re committed to the power of community. You get into communities for business, communities for health and wellness, communities for personal growth, communities for healing, communities for recreation. The communities I’m part of all love commitment. They think it’s awesome. Some of them have...

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    Geeky Mystic: The Hallways are Hell

    by  • November 1, 2014 • Uncategorized

    If the Law of Attraction works, why are people still homeless? That’s the gist of a question posed to me recently.  I think it’s an important question.  Why?  The basic idea of the law of attraction is that your energy and beliefs and behaviors create and/or attract what happens in your life.  Believe in...

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    Geeky mystic: getting better too fast

    by  • October 30, 2014 • Uncategorized

    Can you get better too fast? Not really.  Ask anyone in pain how much longer they’d like to hurt, given a choice. But. There’s this thing. When you are sick for a long time (I’ve had depression for decades) and then the fog starts to lift, it leaves you with a bit of a...

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    Geeky mystic: musings on trauma

    by  • October 29, 2014 • Uncategorized

    As I said recently, I’m a geek.  And I tend to run experiments on myself, which is a time-honored tradition among psych researchers (and others; see also: hemlock). Recently I’ve been making seven-league-boot levels of progress in therapy and related places.  Why?  Because a whole bunch of techniques are gaining legitimacy and visibility, and...

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    Geeky Mystic: the starfish principle

    by  • October 28, 2014 • Uncategorized

    This post is the second in a series about geeky mysticism.  The first post is here. You’ve probably heard the story about the starfish-throwing little kid, who is busy throwing stranded starfish into the sea.  An adult comes along and says, “There are so many starfish on the beach!  Why bother?  How can you...

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    I am a geeky mystic. How did that happen?

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I’ve hinted about this before, here and there: I’m a critical-thinking, logic-oriented intuitive mystic who believes in magic.  In other words, I’m a geek and a mystic and a mage.  This makes some of my friends crazy (thank goodness they love me anyway!) because for them, geek and mystic are mutually exclusive–you can’t be...

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    it’s not about self-esteem

    by  • September 1, 2014 • Uncategorized

    Usually, I post here about pleasure, because…well, because yummy and awesome and so useful.  Because pleasure makes us clear and whole; because pleasure gives us direction; because pleasure makes the difference between drudgery and service, between weariness and joy. BUT. There’s more to life, and this has been bugging me for a while. I...

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    beauty matters (I am an athlete)

    by  • June 27, 2014 • Uncategorized

    Just took a nap on the beach. That makes two hours today on the beach, one lying down.  Here’s why that’s important: outdoors is not the enemy. It is awesome. Some days it is more nap-worthy than others but it is not a bad place to be. If, like me, you have made it...

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    on swimming (I am an athlete)

    by  • June 25, 2014 • Uncategorized

    I went swimming today. Which might be no big deal. Except… many things. Let’s start with the complicated: I had drowning dreams as a child.  I used to wake up choking, mouth clamped shut. And when the swimming teacher threw me in the pool to “teach” me to swim, I held my breath and...

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