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May 22: Eknath Easwaran, Live Intentionally, In Freedom (3635 reads)
Modern psychology commonly asserts that we cannot enter the unconscious fully aware. The mystic responds, "Oh, yes, you can! I have done it." The journey cannot be adequately described,...
May 15: Herman Hesse, Knowledge can be Conveyed, but not Wisdom (4204 reads)
Look, my dear Govinda, this is one of my thoughts, which I have found: wisdom cannot be passed on.  Wisdom which a wise man tries to pass on to someone always sounds like...
May 08: Costica Bradatan, True Humility: Selfless Respect for Reality (5235 reads)
From the potential unique location – the site of devastation that we might become – we understand that we are no grander than the rest of the world. Indeed, we are less than most...
May 01: Tara Brach, The Sacred Art of Pausing (5981 reads)
In our lives we often find ourselves in situations we can’t control, circumstances in which none of our strategies work. Helpless and distraught, we frantically try to manage what is...
Apr 24: Paul Fleischman, Wonder of the Universe is Wondering In Us (4697 reads)
The universe is very big and very old. It was only discovered by us in the twentieth century. When you look up at the night stars you aren’t seeing it. Our Milky Way galaxy alone has billions...
Apr 17: Tracy Cochran, Touching the Earth (4557 reads)
In the great myth of the Buddha’s journey, there came a point when he is completely overwhelmed. As he sits meditating under the Bodhi tree, the devil Mara sends temptations to distract him...
Apr 10: Clarissa Pinkola Estes, We Were Made for These Times (7620 reads)
My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world...
Apr 03: Ursula LeGuin, The Way of the Water (5168 reads)
We have glamorized the way of the warrior for millennia. We have identified it as the supreme test and example of courage, strength, duty, generosity, and manhood. If I turn from the way of the...
Mar 27: Peter Kalmus, We Are Swimming in Miracles (5124 reads)
Chicago. I remember in high school, I went for a walk. I was going to a friend's house and I was walking past all these houses; it was the evening, sort of dark. In every house, there were blue...
Mar 20: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Returning the Gift (5221 reads)
In the teachings of my Potawatomi ancestors, responsibilities and gifts are understood as two sides of the same coin. The possession of a gift is coupled with a duty to use it for the benefit of...
Mar 13: David Brooks, I-It and I-Thou (5500 reads)
(Reflections on "I-Thou" by Martin Buber) I-It relationships come in two varieties. Some are strictly utilitarian. You’re exchanging information in order to do some practical...
Mar 06: Sri M, Moved by Love (5456 reads)
In the Himalayas, there lived an infamous bandit named Sultana, who plundered the caravans of rich pilgrims and looted resource-rich monasteries. The very mention of Sultana, it was said, made...
Feb 27: Hazrat Inayat Khan, A Scheme to Change the World? (5993 reads)
The other day I lectured in Paris and after my lecture a very able man came to me and said, 'Have you got a scheme?' I said, 'What scheme?' 'Of bettering conditions.' I...
Feb 20: Alan Watts, You Play the Piano (6941 reads)
The existence, the physical universe is basically playful. There is no necessity for it whatsoever. It isn’t going anywhere. That is to say, it doesn’t have some destination that it...
Feb 13: Omid Safi, Praise Song for Wide Open Space (5499 reads)
Wide open spaces fill my heart with a sense of awe. It can be a plain, a desert, a view from a mountaintop, a vista. Somehow wide open spaces remind me of God’s presence in ways that few...
Feb 06: Suzanne Toro, Why Meditate (5331 reads)
Meditation is the act of getting quiet and settling the mind. It’s the process of slowing and eventually stopping your thoughts, at which point you can bask in and feel the silence, trusting...
Jan 30: Brother David Steindl-Rast, Letting Meaning Flow Into Purpose (5862 reads)
The only point where one can start to talk about anything, including death, is where one finds oneself. And for me this is as a Benedictine monk. In the rule of St. Benedict, the momenta mori has...
Jan 23: Parker Palmer, My Misgivings About Advice (6241 reads)
My misgivings about advice began with my first experience of clinical depression thirty-five years ago. The people who tried to support me had good intentions. But, for the most part, what...
Jan 16: Vincent Horn, Theory and Practice (4553 reads)
If we look at what theory is, it’s essentially an abstraction, or representation, of direct experience. It’s a way for us to take our understanding and transmit, through the medium of...
Jan 09: Jane Hirshfield, Shaped by a Silky Attention (4908 reads)
A request for concentration isn't always answered, but people engaged in many disciplines have found ways to invite it in. Violinists practicing scales and dancers repeating the same movements...
Jan 02: Sandra Ingerman, Medicine for the Earth (9131 reads)
In all spiritual traditions it is taught that everything that manifests in the physical world starts in the invisible realms of spirit. We must remember that a baby grows in the womb. Trees and...