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Dec 29: Thanissaro Bhikku, A Meditator's Bag of Tricks (8498 reads)
Meditation is not just a question of technique. In training the mind, you have to remember there's a whole committee in there. In the past the committee has had its balance of power, its likes and...
Dec 22: Sharon Salzberg, Faith: Deepening our Power to Inquire (6764 reads)
With faith we can draw near to the truth of the present moment, which is dissolving into the unknown even as we meet it. We open up to what is happening right now in all its mutability and...
Dec 15: Richard Powell, Honoring Complexity, Being Rooted in Simplicity (14401 reads)
The complexity of life can mask its poignancy. The web of daily tasks and events can seem so manifold, so knotty and tangled, that the deeper richness contained within them gets overshadowed, lost...
Dec 08: Les Kaye, The Myth of Progress (7732 reads)
If we find ourselves discouraged by lack of spiritual progress, after several weeks, months, even years, we do not need to be concerned that our practice is somehow not working. Actually, when we...
Dec 01: Gangaji, The Practice of Desire (8635 reads)
Someone once shared with me this very simple yet profound discovery, "If I practice desire, I suffer." What could be simpler? This essential teaching arose from his own direct experience....
Nov 24: Thanissaro Bhikku, The Grain of the Wood (6824 reads)
There are two sides to the path of practice: the side of developing and the side of letting go. And it's important that you see the practice in both perspectives, that your practice contains both...
Nov 17: Pema Chodron, Cool Loneliness (16950 reads)
As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve...
Nov 10: Miriam Greenspan, The Dark Side of the Sacred (8592 reads)
Emotions live in the body. It is not enough simply to talk about them, to be a talking head. We need to focus our attention on emotions where they live. This willingness to be present allows the...
Nov 04: Satish Kumar, Indigenous Intelligence (8063 reads)
My mother used to tell me a Jain story when I was a child: Adam was lost in the jungle, and there he encountered two wild elephants. They began to chase him. In order to escape from these...
Oct 27: John O'Donohue, The Integrity of True Beauty (15029 reads)
Thought is an amazing thing: it can be a mirror, a lens, a bridge, a wall, a window, a ladder or a house. There is nothing in the world that has the cutting edge of a new thought.  It is...
Oct 20: Robert Pirsig, The Japanese Word, Mu (88469 reads)
Yes and no…this or that…one or zero. In the basis of this elementary two-term discrimination, all human knowledge is built up. The demonstration of this is the computer memory that...
Oct 13: Bill Dougherty, Beginning Right Here and Now (9766 reads)
Having been jolted out of the comfortable inertia of our previous religious and scientific dicta by decades of discoveries into the nature of man and the universe, we are being forced to ask...
Oct 06: David R. Hawkins, The Humility in True Genius (18654 reads)
A universal characteristic of genius is humility; after all, those in whom we recognize genius commonly disclaim it, as they’ve always attributed their insights to some higher...
Sep 29: Patricia Ryan Madson, Knowing When to Improvise (9671 reads)
A successful life involves both planning and improvising. Sometimes we actually do need a script. Those scripts that are working well for us (positive habits, for example) should be preserved and...
Sep 22: Thich Nhat Hanh, Bridging Practice and Non-Practice (8051 reads)
We have many compartments in our lives. When we practice sitting meditation and when we do not practice sitting, these two periods of time are so different from each other. While sitting, we...
Sep 16: Peace Pilgrim, From Peace: 12 Reflections On The Path (8894 reads)
There is no glimpse of the light without walking the path. You can't get it from anyone else, nor can you give it to anyone. Just take whatever steps seem easiest for you, and as you take a...
Sep 08: Michael Singer, The Highest Spiritual Path (9105 reads)
The highest spiritual path is life itself. If you know how to live daily life, it all becomes a liberating experience. But first you have to approach life properly, or it can be very confusing. To...
Sep 01: Author Unknown, Showing Up For Life (8944 reads)
The way we walk into a room says a lot about the way we live our lives. When we walk into a room curious about what's happening, willing to engage, and perceiving ourselves as an active participant...
Aug 25: Eve Ensler, Real Security is a Process (17951 reads)
Why are we suddenly a nation and a people who strive for security above all else? In fact, security is essentially elusive, impossible. We all die. We all get sick. We all get old. People leave us....
Aug 18: Osho, The Art of Staying in Balance (35978 reads)
The most difficult thing, the almost impossible thing for the mind, is to remain in the middle, to remain balanced. And to move from one thing to its opposite is the easiest. To move from one...
Aug 11: Ken Wilber, The Theory Behind Forgiveness (12053 reads)
I always liked the Course's reliance upon forgiveness as a way to remeber the true Self. This is a somewhat unique approach, found in few of the other great wisdom traditions, which usually stress...
Aug 04: Isabel Allende, In Giving I Connect With Others (26113 reads)
I have lived with passion and in a hurry, trying to accomplish too many things. I never had time to think about my beliefs until my 28-year-old daughter Paula fell ill. She was in a coma for a year...
Jul 28: Brad Blanton, Living With Radical Honesty (12802 reads)
I learned that the primary cause of most human stress, the primary cause of most conflict between couples and the primary cause of most both psychological and physical illness is being trapped in...
Jul 21: Vimala Thakar, Each of Us, a Miniature Wholeness (6549 reads)
Internally, we are divided against ourselves; the emotions want one thing, the intellect another, the impulses of the body yet another, and a conflict takes place which is no different in quality,...
Jul 14: Stephan Rechtschaffen, Time Shifting vs Time Management (15953 reads)
"I've observed over the years that many people in our culture experience not having enough time in daily life. The feelings: frustration, anxiety, panic, pressure, stress....
Jul 07: Richard Bach, Tired of Clinging (13716 reads)
Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all - young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current...
Jun 30: Sharon Salzberg, Rebel For A Good Cause (4775 reads)
A friend of mine, at the end of a retreat, offered a provocative reflection that intrigued and inspired me. After looking intensively at her inner experience for nine days of meditation and seeing...
Jun 23: Anandmurti Gurumaa, We Are Never Alone (9126 reads)
We are never alone. Neither in the womb, nor after birth. The true Self is boundary-less; it is all-pervasive. In terms of existence there isn't any boundary, but at mind, body and speech levels we...
Jun 16: Michael Nagler, Zero-Sum Game of Violence (3952 reads)
When we have a non-violent outlook, we no longer look on a dispute as what's called a 'zero-sum game.' Instead of thinking that for me to win, you have to lose, we now believe there must be a way...
Jun 09: Dan Gottlieb, Tell Me Your Story (16844 reads)
It came to me in the middle of the night a couple of weeks ago, four words that could change the world: Tell me your story. These four words could have an impact on everything from global...
Jun 02: Adyashanti, True Meditation (7910 reads)
True meditation has no direction, goals, or method. All methods aim at achieving a certain state of mind. All states are limited, impermanent and conditioned. Fascination with states leads only to...
May 26: Paolo Coelho, Love Your Path (18222 reads)
1. The path begins at a crossroads. There you can stop and think what direction you want to take. But don’t spend too much time thinking or you’ll never leave the spot. Ask yourself the...
May 19: Margaret Wheatley, Element of Surprise (14038 reads)
Very little about the emerging nature of life supports who we have tried to be. Life invites us to play along, discovering as we go. Life wants to work with us in surprising ways. We could make...
May 12: Carrie Gray, The Posture of Presence (4745 reads)
For years I have been searching for an education that is meaningful -- an education that doesn't press me into predetermined categories or ask me just to satisfy outer requirements, but one that I...
May 05: Sage Bennet, Nine Wisdom Steps From Spiritual Traditions (4960 reads)
Each of the first eight [wisdom steps] introduces you to a different spiritual tradition -- Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Native American spirituality, Taoism, and New Thought...
Apr 28: Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov, The Way You Live Today (5905 reads)
Your entire destiny is contained in and determined by the way you live today: the orientation you give to your thoughts and feelings, and the activities on which you choose to spend your...
Apr 21: Andrew Cohen, Peace is Not the Ultimate Answer (4529 reads)
It continually amazes me that the majority of spiritual seekers from the most affluent countries on our small planet seem to be looking for one thing above anything else: Peace. Peace? Why on earth...
Apr 14: John O’Donohue, Where the Danger of Transformation Dwells (4961 reads)
Once you start to awaken, no one can ever claim you again for the old patterns. Now you realise how precious your time here is. You are no longer willing to squander your essence on undertakings...
Apr 07: Mark Nepo, The Energy of Being Real (52967 reads)
"Mana" is a term originally used in a Polynesian and Melanesian cultures to describe an extraordinary power or force residing in a person or an object, a sort of spiritual electricity that charges...
Mar 31: Dee Hock, A True Leader (10386 reads)
Leader presumes follower. Follower presumes choice. One who is coerced to the purposes, objectives, or preferences of another is not a follower in any true sense of the word, but an object of...
Mar 24: Jon Young, Indigenous Perception in a Modern Body (4387 reads)
I was similar to other suburban kids and was moving towards more involvement in sports when I happened to meet a person on a street corner who changed the direction of my life. He was a tracker...
Mar 17: Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Give Your Story As An Offering (5506 reads)
Wait till you feel your own story like a dream, like a possibility, and then give it to the earth as an offering. Give your own story to the earth as an offering, full of meaning, full of...
Mar 10: Leigh Hyams, Technique is Unimportant (16763 reads)
Technique is unimportant. It takes care of itself without any help from you. Just concentrate fearlessly on whatever you and the canvas are saying to each other. Technique comes into existence...
Mar 03: Osho, Truth is Alive through Alertness (7374 reads)
Your truth can be alive only if it comes through alertness, not through precepts and principles. Each moment, you have to be alert in order to be true. Truth is not a principle; it is something...
Feb 25: Vimala Thakar, Spirituality: The Seed of Social Action (7383 reads)
The study of our mind, the psychological structure, does not require isolation, but it does require attentiveness. The movement of the mind is very swift. The shades of movement are so subtle, that...
Feb 18: Dorothy Hunt, The Mystery of Silence (9758 reads)
Silence cannot really be described. It is not the absence of sound. It makes it possible to notice sound. It is still, but its stillness is constantly moving. It is nothing, but a nothing filled...
Feb 11: Dawna Markova, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life (76175 reads)
I will not die an unlived life I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to...
Feb 04: Bhante Gunaratna, When You Run Into Problems (7460 reads)
You are going to run into problems in your meditation. Everybody does. Problems come in all shapes and sizes and the only thing you can be absolutely certain about is that you will have some. The...
Jan 28: Clarissa Pinkola Estes, You Were Made For This (51026 reads)
Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another...
Jan 21: Rachel Naomi Remen, Power of Blessing (8985 reads)
We bless the life around us far more than we realize. Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways: the unexpected phone call, the brief touch, the...
Jan 14: Andrew Cohen, Why Do You Meditate? (6136 reads)
You meditate to remind yourself that you're not a prisoner. If there is power in your meditation, if your experience of the ground of being is deep and profound, you will discover and rediscover,...
Jan 07: Swami Chaitanya Keerti, Un-learning the Ways of Un-love (6955 reads)
When you are absolutely happy in your aloneness, when the other is not a need, it is then that you are capable of love. If the other is your need, you can only exploit, manipulate, dominate but...