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Apr 17: Tracy Cochran, Touching the Earth (3910 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 (6636 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 (4798 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 (4847 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 (4974 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 (5104 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 (5196 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? (5813 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 (6503 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 (5340 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 (5148 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 (5625 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 (5932 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 (4422 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 (4761 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 (9024 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...