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Life Q&A

I’m at LAX. It’s around 8:30 p.m. I’m relaxing in an off to the side seating area waiting for a seriously delayed connection flight to arrive so we can board. I have some time on my hands. I have a book I’d like to be reading. It’s resting unnoticed in the seat next to me. I may be ignoring my book, but I’m transfixed by the stream of people to my left walking to their gates, rolling suitcases—mainly black— in tow. I can’t take my eyes off of them.

I’m categorizing them by gender, age, body size and shape, hair color and cut, wardrobe and footwear idiosyncrasies, walking style, cell phone users, and traveling status: accompanied or unaccompanied. This all interests me, but I’m hooked because I can’t stop wondering who these people are. What are their lives like? They each have a compelling story just like you do.

I’m intrigued by people’s stories and especially by how they interpret their lives and try to make sense of them. If it were possible, I’d like to know this intimate information about everyone I see, let alone meet.

It’s not all that hard to learn about people. You just have to ask questions you’d like to know the answers to. If you’re genuinely curious about someone they’ll usually open up to you. I think with the right approach I could convince one of these people to talk to me and hey, they might enjoy the entertainment factor of being “interviewed.”

How could I pull this off? Maybe I could just walk up to someone and say, “Hi, my name is Michael and like you I’m here to catch a flight. Mine happens to be delayed and I was wondering if you might take a few minutes to answer some questions about yourself—just for fun. This isn’t for a reality show; it’s just for me, and you too, of course. I like learning about people. It’s sort of what I do for a living….”

Yeah, I don’t think I’m going to do that.

Why don’t you be my interviewee? That seems more doable. Come on, indulge me, who knows when my flight will leave. Imagine you’re a fellow traveler, you don’t know me, but I seem friendly enough and your plane doesn’t leave for a while either. You’re feeling adventurous—you are traveling after all— so why not give this question and answer thing a go. Great, I like your enthusiasm.

Answer each of the following questions—no skipping! Don’t over think them; just respond with what first comes to mind. Remember, you don’t know me. I’m someone you’ve met at an airport that you’ll never see again. Total freedom. Take your time. Let’s jump in.

What makes you happy?

What drives you crazy?

What do you believe?

Who do you trust?

What do you think about most of the time?

What are your dreams?

Do you wonder why you are in the life you are in; why you are on the planet; why life exists at all?

Are you lonely or do you feel alone?

In general, do you feel powerful or weak or something in between?

Is life a mystery to you, or a puzzle you would like to solve?

Do you have regrets? What are they?

Is there someone you feel you should forgive? Who? Why?

If you don’t have them, would you like children? Why?

Do you think you’re here just once, or that you go to heaven or hell for eternity, or that you return to another of many lifetimes?

Do you believe in God?

Do you feel you have a purpose? How would you define it?

How important is money to you? Why?

Do you like music? What kinds?

Are you into sports? Which ones?

What was life like for you as a child? An adolescent? A young adult?

Do you read books? What kinds?

What are your online habits?

What is your relationship to food?

What is your relationship to pornography?

What is your relationship to sex?

What is your relationship to sugar?

Are you in a co-dependent relationship?

Are you in love with someone who does not love you back?

What’s the biggest secret you have in your life?

Are you curious about life?

Are you healthy or struggling with an illness?

Did someone tell you they loved you today?

Was your heart broken recently?

What is your relationship like with your family?

Do you have close friends?

Do you have a pet? What is its name? Why that name?

Do you like to travel?

What is your body image like? How does it make you feel about yourself?

Do you drink alcohol? How often?

Do you smoke cigarettes? How often?

Do you smoke pot? How often?

Do you do other kinds of drugs? How often?

How much caffeine do you consume?

Do you gossip?

Are you self-critical?

Do you believe the “Universe” presents things to you?

Are you addicted to something or someone?

Do you exercise?

Do you meditate?

Do you think of yourself in relationship to the planet?

Are you actively creative?

Are you political?

Are you discouraged with where you are in your life or do you look at life as a work-in-progress that requires both effort and patience?

Do you think in spiritual terms or in more personally focused ones?

Do you think life is worth living?

That last one is especially important. Send me your answers. I’ll read them on my return flight.

Time to board my plane.

 

 

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Heart Thoughts

Heal Your Broken Heart has been available for a little over eighteen months and in that time I’ve heard many wonderful things about it. I always like it when I go out to give a talk or workshop and I meet new people who are working through the material. It’s fun to hear about how they learned about the book, but mainly I’m curious to know where they are in the work and also how the first two phases went for them.

Those of you who are familiar with the book know that while a lot happens in each phase, the first two phases launch the entire process in a particularly potent and effective way. Between Qamp1.1A’s 3 and 4, which help identify and begin to process all the emotions you’re experiencing, and writing the story of your relationship and breakup in Qamp1.1A 5, this initial work helps set up everything for the coming phases, including the different stages of releasing.

When I talk to people who are further into the book, they tend to share insights based on the theme of what they are discovering both in their patterns with love and the patterns that were in place in their relationship. When I meet someone who is at the beginning of the work, they usually tell me they’re amazed at how little they’ve understood about their true emotional state, and how challenging, moving, and important it was for them to write the story of their relationship.

Someone recently told me that he read the book from cover to cover before starting to work with the material. It seemed he wanted to know what he was getting into before making a commitment to do the exercises. It was a unique approach but it worked for him. Since his read-through he’s been working his way through the book and not surprisingly he’s having a much different experience than when he simply read the book. While there are many sections in the book that one can just read and benefit from, the full impact won’t be felt unless all the exercises are executed.

One of the many things I love about Heal Your Broken Heart is how exactingly personal the material becomes to each person. It’s this natural customization that makes the book work for so many people, even in healing hearts that have been broken through other circumstances than a lost love relationship.

Since the material covered in the book has been proven to work, if you are currently working through the book I urge you to keep going until you reach the end. It’s fine to take breaks here and there, in fact it’s not a bad idea, but then jump back in and keep going. While each piece of Heal Your Broken Heart is important to your healing, it is the combination of all the pieces working together that produces the biggest result. Stay with the work, you will be so happy you did.

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It’s All In The Choice

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. As a kid I spent hours nestled in our living room's window seat staring out at the bay. My favorite times to do this were in the early morning and evening when the lighthouse across the way was on. The sound of the foghorn was resonate and beautiful, what kid wouldn’t like that? And the rhythmic rotation of the lighthouse light, casting guidance into the darkness, introduced me to a life lesson I only came to understand years later.

I loved the stillness I felt sitting in that window seat. Over the years those many contemplative hours made a significant and unique imprint on me—a spiritual imprint that remains with me to this day.

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You Defined

On my morning walk I often pass by a local high school when students are gathering outside. You can't help but notice the breakdown, subgroup by subgroup. Across the campus boys are separated from girls, except for the straight couples, and a few of the gay guys who intermingle effortlessly; there are the smokers (yes, they still think it’s cool, thank you Hollywood), and the vast majority of non-smokers (thank you parents and teachers); the readers versus the iPoders and cell-phoners; and a few loners staring off into space, coming up with magic of one kind or another. There are kids with a little more polish, and those who are still rough around the edges, and undoubtedly a few who are high.

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The Choice Of Journey

Do you sometimes feel like you’re floating in an astral field void—aimless, without definition, just waiting for something significant to happen? Do you feel unable to go deeper into yourself and instead look to the outside world and wonder what it’s all about, how do things actually work, and who the bleep are you anyway?

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