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Lisa Guest
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

So Many Pretty Lights

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2016 | 4:08 PM


Years ago, after graduating from UC Berkeley, I was disillusioned and hard pressed for a focus in life. My father at the time said, "You know what your problem is? You have too many options."

It's funny how patterns follow you through your...

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For Better or For Worse, Part II

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 1:17 AM

An artist I was involved with in my early twenties said, "We paint for our immortality." His death, within three years of uttering that sentence, I don't think was on his mind when he actually said it. Being thirty two years older than me, he knew something about our time...

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For Better or For Worse

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:07 AM

This morning in the New York Times I read an article in the Opinion section written by Michael Cobb entitled "The Supreme Court's Lonely Hearts Club." I didn't read all the links and research put into the article. I just sat and felt the feelings that came up...

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Is There Such a Thing as Death Etiquette?

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 5:33 PM

My mother used to say, "All my favorite people have already died." She doesn't say it much anymore because she knows that it is a phrase that disturbed me. Here I am in the present attempting to bring light and love into her life and she is bemoaning those with...

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Life Priorities, When Chasing

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 2:24 AM

I didn't read all 827 comments on the New York Times piece written by Angelina Jolie Pitt this week called Diary of a Surgery. But I read one by a person who was saying she should take into consideration that many people don't have the options...

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I Knew New in the Spring

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:33 PM

I must admit, I've been spoiled growing up in Southern California. We have good weather. Usually on New Year's Day, it is glorious, causing even more people to visit and move here. I'm aware how greedy and conditional are my desires. It's gotten so bad, for the past few decades...

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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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