5 Ways to Prevent Psychological and Emotional Trauma

What Buddhism has given me is boundless and priceless. It has awakened me to reality, true reality. I know that nothing is permanent and that everything changes. I know that everyone in my life will experience illness, aging, loneliness, and death. I reckon that life likely has no cosmic meaning, that once we die, it’s […]

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The Empath (Podcast Transcript)

Hello All, I’m Carl Vreeland and this is the podcast “Close to the Bone.”   This is episode #39, it’s called, “The Empath.”   What is an empath? The Merriam-Webster definition is: one who experiences the emotions of others : a person who has empathy for others.   Sounds like a good quality. Let’s look further. . […]

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Are You Awake? 5 Traits of Awake-ness

I thought I was awake. I thought I was wise. But I was wrong. I was ignorant (in the sense of being blind to reality/truth), only I didn’t know it. Sure, I was an honest person, open-minded and intelligent, but nevertheless I wasn’t awake. How did I not know this? I suppose that question is […]

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The Story of Scrooge (Podcast Transcript)

Note: {I originally published this podcast episode on December, 27, 2020 as Episode 18. I recently published it again (as Episode 37) with the hope that it might lift your spirits during this holiday season}. Here is the transcript. . . .   Greetings All, Welcome to the podcast “Close to the Bone.” I’m Carl […]

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Keep Your Mouth Shut (Podcast Transcript)

Note: {I originally published this podcast episode on November 29, 2020 as Episode 16, I recently published it again (as Episode 36) with the hope that it might be helpful during this holiday season}. Here is the transcript. . . .   Greetings All, Welcome to the podcast “Close to the Bone.” I’m Carl Vreeland. […]

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Life and Death

Imagine walking alone in the park on a quiet Fall day, the sun mildly warming your skin, the crisp air reminding you of your aliveness. Suddenly you get sense of time standing still. You pause, noticing a silence, a hush, a peacefulness. An ease envelopes your body, a knowing, a feeling of having been in […]

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Stop Waiting

We’re always waiting . . . waiting for that job promotion and pay raise, waiting for that big break, waiting for the weekend to come, waiting for the summer weather to arrive, waiting for the test results from doctor, waiting for our divorce to go through, waiting in line at the supermarket, patiently waiting to […]

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Addicted to Anger (Podcast Transcript)

Greetings Everyone, I’m Carl Vreeland, and this is the podcast “Close to the Bone.”   Before I start, I want to apologize for the lapse of time between episodes. As I mentioned in the last episode, I’m moving to another location, only it’s taking much longer than I anticipated. I still haven’t moved, and because […]

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You Are Loved (Podcast Transcript)

Greetings Everyone, I’m Carl Vreeland, and this is the podcast “Close to the Bone.”   Before I begin, I want to mention that there’s a strong likelihood I will be unable to published any podcast episodes in August. I’m in the midst of moving into another home. We’ll see how it goes, but either way, […]

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