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Jul 16: Anthony de Mello, We Want Relief. Cure Is Painful (4159 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 (5563 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? (5272 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 (4777 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 (5643 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 (7700 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 (6286 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 (7556 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 (7775 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 (6690 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? (7305 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 (5740 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 (6912 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 (7499 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 (8279 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 (8052 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? (6944 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 (8127 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 (5520 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 (11032 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 (6120 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 (6311 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 (6303 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? (9539 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 (6387 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? (7991 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 (5643 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 (6375 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 (6267 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...