Awakin Readings Archive (2019)

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May 13: Yogi Bhajan, Do You Direct Your Mind Or Does Your Mind Direct You? (5825 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 (12049 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 (7757 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 (6848 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 (6717 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 (7050 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 (6726 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? (6553 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 (8217 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 (7312 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 (8190 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 (5978 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 (7725 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 (9435 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 (7051 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 (6375 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 (6402 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 (5783 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 (6791 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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