Awakin Readings Archive (2019)

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Jul 15: Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan, Greatest Of All Religions (4029 reads)
Hazrat Inayat Khan said, "A study of life is the greatest of all religions, and there is no greater or more interesting study." There are two ways in which we may attain control over...

Jul 08: Craig Childs, Not Loneliness, But Aloneness (6630 reads)
Alone is a state of being. Not loneliness, but aloneness. It is something sought rather than avoided. You can find it in just a moment, a breath: in Central Park, or early morning on the street,...

Jul 01: Joy Harjo, Remember (6153 reads)
Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories....

Jun 24: Joan Chittister, Spiritual Life Begins Within The Heart (6929 reads)
The truth is that we spend our lives in the centrifuge of paradox. What seems certainly true on the one hand seems just as false on the other. Life is made up of incongruities: Life ends in death;...

Jun 17: Annie Dillard, Hiding A Penny (7048 reads)
When I was six or seven years old, growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to take a precious penny of my own and hide it for someone else to find. It was a curious compulsion; sadly, I’ve never...

Jun 10: Dalai Lama, Causes Of Happiness (9008 reads)
The purpose of life is to strive for happiness. Every sentient being has the right to survive; this means having a desire for happiness or comfort: that’s why sentient beings strive to...

Jun 03: Rick Hanson, Unconditioned Stillness (6274 reads)
Stillness, a sense of the unchanging, is all around.  For example, it’s not the ultimate stillness, but there is that lovely feeling when the house is quiet and you’re sitting...

May 27: Rachel Naomi Remen, Stepping Over The Bag Of Gold (7233 reads)
My patient, a physician who has cancer, comes to his session enormously pleased with himself. Knowing my love of stories, he says that he has found a perfect story and tells me the following...

May 20: Margaret Wheatley, Uncomfortable Place Of Uncertainty (8854 reads)
We weren’t trained to admit we don’t know. Most of us were taught to sound certain and confident, to state our opinion as if it were true. We haven’t been rewarded for being...

May 13: Yogi Bhajan, Do You Direct Your Mind Or Does Your Mind Direct You? (7600 reads)
You have to have an exotic sense of tolerance no matter what anybody does, what they say, how they attack you, what they want out of you -- you remain calm. That is the faculty of the...

May 06: Alan Watts, Everything Human Is Natural (15337 reads)
Man is as much attached to nature as a tree, and though he walks freely on two legs and is not rooted in the soil, he is by no means a self-sufficient, self-moving, and self-directing entity. For...

Apr 29: Jack Kornfield, The Poisoned Tree (8764 reads)
The maturity we can develop in approaching our difficulties is illustrated by the traditional story of a poisoned tree. On first discovering a poisoned tree, some people see only its danger. Their...

Apr 22: Ryan Holiday, Feel Free To Set A Better Example (7345 reads)
At the core of legal theory is this idea that there are essentially two forms of liberty—positive and negative. Positive liberty is the freedom to do something, such as the freedom of speech...

Apr 15: J. Krishnamurti, A Key To End Sorrow (7357 reads)
The demand to be safe in a relationship inevitably breeds sorrow and fear. The seeking for security invites insecurity. Have you ever found security in any of your relationships? Have you? Most of...

Apr 08: Adyashanti, To Be In Satsang (7471 reads)
We meet here together to recognize the Truth that is eternal. To be in satsang means to be in association with Truth. In satsang you will ask “Who am I?” or “What am I?”,...

Apr 01: bell hooks, No Longer Playing It Safe (7110 reads)
To work for peace and justice we begin with the individual practice of love, because it is there that we can experience firsthand love’s transformative power. Attending to the damaging impact...

Mar 25: Nora Bateson, What Is Holding It Together? (6991 reads)
For you, a respite of uncontainability. Safe pages for words, to taste them as they find their rightness. Let them rest in their silky beds of lyrical dreams. Let them run like rivers down...

Mar 18: Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, Why Busyness Is Actually Modern Laziness (8771 reads)
Action addiction is an advanced sort of laziness. It keeps us busily occupied with tasks. The busier we keep ourselves, the more we avoid being confronted with questions of life and death. As we...

Mar 11: Anthony De Mello, Three Qualities Of Holiness (7698 reads)
True happiness is uncaused. You are happy for no reason at all.  And true happiness cannot be experienced. It is not within the realm of consciousness. So it is with holiness. ...

Mar 04: UB40, Clues On Higher Ground (8610 reads)
Moon and stars sit way up high Earth and trees beneath them lie The wind blows fragrant lullaby To cool the night for you and I On the wing the birds fly free Leviathan tames angry sea The...

Feb 25: Daniel Ingram, Kazoo Player And The Symphony (6609 reads)
Imagine there is a great symphony orchestra in a great concert hall and in front of it, like an absurd comedy act, sits a clearly nervous kazoo player with no music score in front of him. The...

Feb 18: Kazu Haga, It Doesn't Matter If You Believe In It (8041 reads)
Gravity is a universal law of nature. It doesn't matter if you believe in gravity. You are still governed by its laws, and there is no way for you to escape it. The laws of gravity govern human...

Feb 11: Herman Hesse, What I Learned From Trees (10082 reads)
For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They...

Feb 04: Chad Dickerson, We Contain Multitudes (7314 reads)
Walt Whitman once wrote, "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)" It’s possible to be a person with all of a...

Jan 28: Sharon Salzberg, Generosity Helps Us Accept Change (6698 reads)
The aim of practicing generosity is twofold, or else it’s an incomplete experience. The first aim is to free our minds from the conditioned forces that bind and limit us. Craving, clinging...

Jan 21: Subhana Barzaghi , Green Mountains Are Forever Walking (6783 reads)
I've been fascinated by this process of birth and death.  I was a midwife for seven years, delivering babies in the bush and it was always a great privilege and honor to be invited to a...

Jan 14: Aylie Baker, Signals Even GPS Cannot Detect (6096 reads)
Returning to the US was always hard for me, in part because I began to notice how GPS technology was eroding what was left of our wayfinding capabilities. In the spring of 2013, I flew from Palau...

Jan 07: Rhonda Fabian, Two Kinds Of Resistance (7194 reads)
The light begins its slow return to places in the North, and today a new year begins. Some people are saying it is already “too late” – climate chaos, species loss, war,...

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