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Dec 17: Vimala Thakar, How Observation Changes Relationships (2944 reads)
When we sit in silence what do we do? We sit and observe the voluntary and involuntary activities of the body and mind. Slowly the voluntary activities come to an end, but the involuntary...
Dec 10: Shinzen Young, Three Stages Of Perceiving Impermanence (5501 reads)
Impermanence is just appreciating the normal changing-ness of each experience at deeper levels of poignancy. One way to think about this is in terms of three aspects of impermanence: the trivial,...
Dec 03: Charles Eisenstein, The New And Ancient Story Of Interbeing (5876 reads)
Why does the sun shine? A random result of coalescing gases igniting nuclear fusion? Or is it in order to give its light and warmth to Life? Why does the rain fall? Is it the senseless product of...
Nov 26: Alan Briskin, Preparing For The Extraordinary: An Essential Practice (5495 reads)
Preparing for the extraordinary is one of the [...] essential practices of collective wisdom.  It requires clear intention and mindful preparation for achieving a greater felt sense of...
Nov 19: Rumi, The Root Of The Root Of Your Self (5181 reads)
Don’t go away, come near. Don’t be faithless, be faithful. Find the antidote in the venom. Come to the root of the root of yourself. Molded of clay, yet kneaded from the...
Nov 12: Robin Wall Kimmerer, Uniform Corn-Rows In High-Tech Isolation (5235 reads)
I live in the lush green farm country of upstate New York, in a town that likely has more cows than people. Most everyone I know grows something: apples, hops, grapes, potatoes, berries, and lots...
Nov 05: Michel de Salzmann, Attention Is Inseparable From Interrogation (5133 reads)
Our attention is much more than we generally think. It is much more than a simple mental or cerebral mechanism. It concerns our whole being. If its potentialities are far from being fully...
Oct 29: Tom Maxwell, No Rush, No Dawdle: The Secret Of Proper Timing (5780 reads)
The present is truly the only place we exist. What we call the past is a construct of memory, the recollection of which constitutes a present experience. According to author Alan Watts, the...
Oct 22: Barbara Frederickson, Love Is Not An Emotion (5647 reads)
Love, defined as micro moments of positivity resonance, may thus be the most generative and consequential of all positive emotions. By virtue of being a single state, distributed across and...
Oct 15: Gary Zukav, Intentions And Effects (7938 reads)
Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do in your life? Have you ever considered that the creation of your experiences, like the creation of everything else, is governed by the law...
Oct 08: Ken Wilber, You Must Shout From The Heart (6405 reads)
The alarming fact is that any realization of depth carries a terrible burden: Those who are allowed to see are simultaneously saddled with the obligation to communicate that vision in no uncertain...
Oct 01: Aaron Zehah, ​Perspective (6764 reads)
A poor man lived with his wife and six children in a very small one-room house. They were always getting in each other's way and there was so little space they could hardly breathe!Finally the...
Sep 24: Alan Watts, The World Mirrors The Soul And The Soul Mirrors The World (6585 reads)
If you sit still for a while, completely relaxed, and let your thoughts run on, let your mind think of whatever it likes, without interfering, without making suggestions and without raising any...
Sep 17: Mark Nepo, The Work Of Love Is To Love (7261 reads)
My own time on earth has led me to believe in two powerful instruments that turn experience into love: holding and listening. For every time I have held or been held, every time I have listened or...
Sep 10: Adyashanti, The Question Of Being (5687 reads)
Above the entrance to the Oracle of Delphi were written the words, “Know yourself.” Jesus came along and added a sense of urgency and consequence to the ancient idea when he said,...
Sep 03: Paul Fleischman, Sense Of Self Is An Essential Skill Of Mind (6398 reads)
Many articles in the Western press have confused the Buddha’s idea of “anatta,” the absence of an eternal soul, with the idea that meditation should rid you of your ordinary sense...
Aug 27: J. Krishnamurti, Bedrock On Which We All Stand (5920 reads)
Do you realize, sir, that you are the world and the world is you? The world is not separate from you and me. There is a common thread of relationship weaving us all together. Deep down we are all...
Aug 20: Timber Hawkeye, Fueled By Love (13744 reads)
When a parent sees their child is about to be attacked by someone, it doesn't matter how peaceful and calm they normally are, most parents would still resort to violence (or much...
Aug 13: Parker Palmer, The Practice Of Soft Eyes (6391 reads)
In a sacred landscape, with its complexities and convolutions, surprise is a constant companion: it lies just around the bend or hidden in the next valley, and though it sometimes startles us, it...
Aug 06: Jack Kornfield, Stopping The War (5881 reads)
The purpose of a spiritual discipline is to give us a way to stop the war, not by our force of will, but organically, through understanding and gradual training. Ongoing spiritual practice can...
Jul 30: Pavithra Mehta, Live Like The Roar In A Lion's Throat (7366 reads)
Do you live in your days like a forgotten ticket stub in someone's jacket? As if the show were behind you? As if you went out one evening to watch your life, and decided halfway through that it...
Jul 23: Ursula LeGuin, Communication As Mutual Entrainment (8436 reads)
Every act of communication is an act of tremendous courage in which we give ourselves over to two parallel possibilities: the possibility of planting into another mind a seed sprouted in ours and...
Jul 16: Anthony de Mello, We Want Relief. Cure Is Painful (7238 reads)
Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their...
Jul 09: Edited by Frances Vaughan and Roger Walsh, Perception Is A Mirror (6943 reads)
You respond to what you perceive, and as you perceive so shall you behave.  Every response you make to everything you perceive is up to you, because your mind determines your perception...
Jul 02: Nazeer Ahmed, Where's Your Umbrella? (6269 reads)
The rains failed again that year. It was the third year in succession when there was no rain. The crops had disappeared and the land was a brown swath of dusty rubble. Trees had lost their leaves...
Jun 25: Vinoba Bhave, Action Without Desire Of Outcomes (6284 reads)
To protect self-interest individuals exploit others, nations go to war, and businesses undercut each other, because people in those situations see a conflict between self-interest and the interest...
Jun 18: Joseph Goldstein, Don't Side With Yourself (7199 reads)
Through mindfulness, our hearts become spacious enough to hold the painful emotions, to feel the suffering of them, and to let them go. But it takes practice—and perhaps several different...
Jun 11: Jeff Foster, Somehow I'm Always Held (9079 reads)
In my short time on this planet, I have known great sorrow, plunged into the depths of oceanic despair, been thrown so deeply into my loneliness that I thought I would never return. I have...
Jun 04: Marty Krasney, Three Types Of Leadership (7146 reads)
There are three ways that human beings can accomplish anything together and each of them has its own type of leader. Very simply, the three domains of shared human endeavor can be characterized as...
May 28: Pablo Neruda, Keeping Quiet (13677 reads)
Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for a second, and not move our arms so much....
May 21: Brene Brown, Exhausting Quest For Perfection (9700 reads)
The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting, but as hard as we try, we can't turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like "Never good enough" and "What...
May 14: Somik Raha, Death Connects Us To Life (7787 reads)
Growing up with monastic teachings around the impermanence of life, I got the opportunity to apply them when my grandmother passed on, followed by my grandfather in quick succession. I told myself...
May 07: Margaret Wheatley, Who Do We Choose To Be? (9612 reads)
The powerful always defend the status quo because it is the source of their power and privilege. Any change that benefits others would destroy their position. And their position is all they care...
Apr 30: Jane Brunette, Dropping Out, Like The Buddha (6389 reads)
In an age where being super busy is a badge of honor and accomplishing tasks the greatest virtue, where some activists promote rallies by quoting Martin Luther King saying, ”For evil to...
Apr 23: Shinzen Young, Recycling Karmic Trash (8226 reads)
It’s very common for people on a meditative or spiritual path to develop a kind of sensitivity to the poison and pain of others. Sometimes it’s formulated with the phrase “I...
Apr 16: Rumi, as told by Elif Shafak, Seven Stages Of The Ego (9798 reads)
The first stage is the Depraved Ego (Nafs), the most primitive and common state of being, when the soul is entrapped in worldly pursuits. Most human beings are stuck there, struggling and suffering...
Apr 09: David Whyte, Everything Is Waiting For You (11805 reads)
Your great mistake is to act the drama  as if you were alone. As if life  were a progressive and cunning crime  with no witness to the tiny hidden  transgressions. To feel...
Apr 02: Doug Lipman, Listening As An Act Of Transformation (9090 reads)
Two villagers came to a rabbi with a dispute. When the rabbi invited them to sit down and talk about it, they glowered at each other as though to say, “If you sit down at this table, then I...
Mar 26: Katie Steedly, What Happens When We Wonder? (7735 reads)
When I think about wonder I think about waterfalls, newborn babies, and whales. I think about seeds, snowflakes, and rainbows. I think about lightening, skyscrapers, and silk. Wonder defies...
Mar 19: Sally Kempton, The Difficult People In Your Life (8840 reads)
We don’t always know why difficult people show up in our lives. There are some good theories about it, of course.  Jungians, along with most contemporary spiritual teachers, tell us that...
Mar 12: Keith Sawyer, What You Do Afterwards (5995 reads)
Creativity is all about what you do afterwards. I’m thinking about something that Miles Davis said about jazz improvisation: "It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong...
Mar 05: Elizabeth Gilbert, Do A Nice Thing For Your Future Self (14072 reads)
I grew up on a small family farm, with plants and animals needing care in every direction, so vacations were rare. But one summer my parents convinced a neighboring farmer to tend to our goats and...
Feb 26: Terry Patten, Wisdom Of Grieving (6642 reads)
Not only is grieving a stage of the spiritual activist’s journey, but the grieving process itself often unfolds in stages, which can be described using Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s famous...
Feb 19: Mark Nepo, Living In The Freshest Chamber Of The Heart (7301 reads)
Our ability to find something to love, and to love again for the first time depends greatly on how we resolve and integrate where we've been before. A great model for us exists in the chambered...
Feb 12: Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi , Deep Ecological Awareness Is Spiritual Awareness (7025 reads)
The sense in which we use the term "ecological" is associated with a specific philosophical school, founded in the early 1970s by the Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess (1912-2009) with the...
Feb 05: Maria Shriver, What Breaks Your Heart? (10941 reads)
What breaks your heart? What does your soul long for? And, how is that connected to how you are living your life now? I love this question because it’s made me think about my passion and...
Jan 29: Michael Singer, Spiritual Activism (7531 reads)
I'm an environmentalist and I'm very much into cars that get high mileage and don't pollute, and I see that somebody's driving a Hummer. It's a classic example, somebody's...
Jan 22: J. Krishnamurti, Does Life Have A Purpose? (9837 reads)
Questioner: Why do you maintain that Life has no purpose? If Life has no purpose, the individual life, even in pure being, can have no purpose either; because individual perfection can have a...
Jan 15: Michael Damian, You Are Saved By Your Love (6089 reads)
Love is the power that reveals truth and drives our search for it. You may have noticed that if you study something deeply - an animal, a face, a piece of music - you begin to love it. You become...
Jan 08: Eknath Easwaran, Becoming Master Artists (7127 reads)
We do not have to accept ourselves as we are. Genetic code or brain bio-chemistry, astrological configurations or Tarot readings, early traumas or upbringing- none of these can ever limit our...
Jan 01: Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, Universality Is Not An Idea, It Is Reality (6890 reads)
The word “yoga” essentially means, “that which brings you to reality”. Literally, it means “union.” Union means it brings you to the ultimate reality, where...