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May 14: Somik Raha, Death Connects Us To Life (5663 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? (6308 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 (5128 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 (6229 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 (6272 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 (7031 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 (6349 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? (6485 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 (7453 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 (5172 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 (9210 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 (5800 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 (5785 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 (6035 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? (8863 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 (5934 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? (6788 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 (5481 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 (6188 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 (6066 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...