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Lisa is a guest on the planet. A soul on a life journey, learning daily what it is to be a human being. A Berkeley political psychologist who became a universal Stress Reductionist, Lisa works on-site in corporate and creative environments. A reticent Southern California writer who observes why we don't breathe, why we compare ourselves to others, why we don't listen to our hearts, and why we must change in order to survive. A culturist riding the waves of change, Lisa's thirty-five years of writing focus on embracing honest intuition. Lisa lives in a quiet space, creating a peaceful focus rather than competing in the noise of success.

Entries by Lisa Guest

Miracle Message at the Corner Store

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 9:22 PM

Years ago I realized I couldn't really write much when I was busy running from obligation to 'have to,' 'got to,' and it will 'only be a few minutes.' My high school writing teacher warned me about "spreading myself too thin." Too bad I never dropped weight when fragmenting myself,...

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Shock Therapy for Sugar Transgressions

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 2:10 PM

I was rewarded for good behavior with sugar. My mom used M&Ms. A good friend of mine recently posted on Facebook a picture with her 2.5-year-old chowing down on a chocolate cupcake after he'd done his business right. Sugar is the prize. Mom's approval equals sugar. I don't think it...

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Why I've Never Truly Let Love in Before

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:56 AM

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to...
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What's Better Than Bringing Home a Gold for Your Country?

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 6:30 AM

If you just focus on yourself, that's a life. But if you do something that is bigger than you, that has a bigger effect than just you, it's really what its all about.

Last week I spoke with an old beau, and he talked about his fundraising responsibilities, which are...

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Touch Restores Life

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 6:28 PM

Sure, I knew at 23 how crucial stress was and how destructive it could be, but little did I know stress would be my life's lesson, not just one tiny tidbit of fact I learned along the way.

I understood that stress could stop a person from getting on...

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Pin-Dropping Profundity With a Pixie Face

(2) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 2:48 PM

I didn't want to have children. I knew it from a young age. I've written about this many times. In September 2012 I met a 1-month-old preemie. When I held her in my arms during a Service in the Park, her mother said to me, "Oh my God, you're the...

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A Listening Lesson: Appropriate for All Ages

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:58 AM

My friend Annie, an overwhelmed but very capable mother, has two kids under 5 years of age and a high-powered corporate job that's now got her traveling around the country. She just experienced two deaths in the extended family and told me she needs to sell one home and find...

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Gulp, Grapple or Grace

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:09 AM

You are hungry. Tell me, how easy for you is it when you get sweet or nourishing morsels into your mouth to chomp on them a few times and then gulp them down, perhaps with a swig of water or other beverage. It's yummy in that oral cavity and the...

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The Reason a Book Must Be Written

(2) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 9:43 AM

She was a bombshell, the best looking mother on the block. Slim, curves in all the right places, a kick-ass smart blonde beauty with a sense of humor. She divorced early. When I was in my late 20s, I heard little stories seep out of all the fun she was...

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Have You Been Warned? Are You Listening Now?

(1) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 4:18 PM

Have you listened? Are you listening? Do you push everything away that doesn't make sense to you? Everything that scares you, you drown with obsession and addiction to some other behavior that takes all your time and leaves you feeling ripped off.

Maybe you are functioning perfectly well. You've...

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Beyonce's Bold Move With her Documentary Won't Backfire

(10) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Oprah interviewed Beyonce hours before she revealed her documentary to the world. Life is But a Dream is a fabulous film piecing together intimate moments with performance clips as she experienced a huge transformation: releasing her father's management both personally and professionally in her life. Needing...

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Football: Much Ado About Nothing -- Life and the Game

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 8:29 AM

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, then nothing unites us or separates us in the same way until fireworks blaze on Independence Day. After that, months meander until costumes come out of the closet again. Life and advertising in America. What's the common thread in all these...

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One Lone Donkey Wandered Into Elephant Territory

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:59 PM

I experienced an interaction this week that I believe many of you might be experiencing. I woke again with the feeling of delicious relief that we have our country back after such a derisive election. Unfortunately, I immediately lost that yummy feeling remembering a conflict I got into yesterday on...

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If You Lost that 'Loving Feeling,' Go See Hope Springs!

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 12:30 PM

Most of my blogs here deal with the deeper emotions of my life, how I handle conflict, chaos and cancer. Yet often during my three years of blogging and especially now as my book, Courting Me(n) is about to be born, I'm interested in sharing how I cope with love...

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She Moved Me (Nora Ephron)

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 7:50 PM

I didn't relocate, or even change the direction of my chair to face another view.

I'm moved for many reasons because Channel 4 had such a touching remembrance of Nora Ephron. I don't usually watch Channel 4. I don't subscribe to cable at home, so I only had so many...

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Miracles in the Small Print

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 3:00 PM

Today I received a call out of the blue: would I be at home to have an Edison Energy Savings contractor show up? I was sick, under the covers, but I could answer the door. Frank showed up to inspect my weather stripping, water heater, faucets, shower head, and light...

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Do You Need More Pleasure?

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 11:25 AM

We all want a good life. Many of us are more externally driven, looking outside of ourselves for satisfaction. Some of us are more internally driven, knowing what our pattern is regardless whether it makes sense to others. This is the major simplistic difference, as I see it, between extroverts...

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'I Like My Skin Thin, Thank You'

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 6:01 PM

I've been told I over-analyze things too much. I've been told I'm too sensitive about little things. I've been told I should grow a thicker skin. I like my skin thin. It feels the delicious feelings of touch, of care, of erotic delight. Why should I harden against a world...

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Women Are Writing Honestly About Farting -- It's About Time.

(4) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 6:19 PM

As the first edit of my Courting Me(n) book is nearly complete, I've had only a few issues with my brilliant editor. There is a piece on farting, a delicious man and my mother that she hated. She edited it out. I asked why. She had definite reasons why she...

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Women Are Honestly Writing About Sex: It's About Time

(66) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 9:19 PM

In 1991, a friend introduced me to Anaïs Nin's second husband. Rupert Pole employed me for five years to work with Nin's manuscripts for A Journal of Love. The friend who made the introduction was also a writer. He told me then when I was just 31, "Don't...

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