Awakin Readings Archive (2020)

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Mar 30: Martin Shaw, Keeping The Smoke Hole Open (3541 reads)
In Siberian myth, when you want to hurt someone, you crawl into their tent and close the smoke hole. That way God can’t see them. Close the smoke hole and you break connection to the...

Mar 23: Rachel Naomi Remen, Life May Itself Be A Koan (8350 reads)
Consider the Zen practice of the koan, the question or problem proposed by Zen masters to each other or by masters to students. The koan is a dilemma, a mystery which the rational mind cannot...

Mar 16: Lynn Ungar , Pandemic (16844 reads)
What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath -- the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world...

Mar 09: Troy Chapman, I Have No Need For An Enemy (10022 reads)
In passing my sentence, the judge said, “There’s no hope that you can ever be rehabilitated.” My sentence of 60-90 years was a tragic and too predictable end of the road I’d...

Mar 02: Gert van Leeuwen, Releasing Willpower From Movement (7726 reads)
Initially, I used to move from willpower; I was concerned only with results. In retrospect, I realize that this created a sort of tunnel vision; my consciousness was debilitatingly limited. I...

Feb 24: Barbara Brown Taylor, In Eyes Of God, We're All Minorities (7342 reads)
Krister Stendahl, former dean of Harvard Divinity school, told a reporter shortly before his death in 2008, "In the eyes of God, we are all minorities. That’s a rude awakening for many,...

Feb 17: Heather Platt, The Liminal Space (9800 reads)
What do you do when a friend has lost a child and you can’t ease their grief? Or when your partner loses her job and you can’t resolve it for her? Or a client has to make a big decision...

Feb 10: Climbing PoeTree, Being Human (9939 reads)
I wonder if the Sun debates dawn some mornings not wanting to rise out of bed from under the down-feather horizon if the sky grows tired of being everywhere at once adapting to the mood...

Feb 03: John Fox , When Someone Deeply Listens To You (11486 reads)
When someone deeply listens to you it is like holding out a dented cup you've had since childhood and watching it fill up with cold, fresh water. When it balances on top of the brim, you...

Jan 27: Tenzin Palmo, A Heart Of Warmth Is Not Something Impossible (10622 reads)
What does love mean? In the West, we mistake the meaning of love; we bandy the word around all the time, from “I love ice-cream” to “I love God”. But we mistake love for...

Jan 20: Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee, Meaning And The Song Of The Soul (10647 reads)
Meaning is what calls from the depths of the soul. It is the song that sings us into life. Whether we have a meaningful life depends upon whether we can hear this song, this primal music of the...

Jan 13: Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, Spiritual Materialism (7615 reads)
What first comes to mind to speak about is my own spiritual materialism. I find that as I'm reading or reflecting upon the teachings and something becomes clear to me, I immediately want to...

Jan 06: Jean Klein, Silence (8985 reads)
Silence is our real nature. What we are fundamentally is only silence. Silence is free from beginning and end. It was before the beginning of all things. It is causeless. Its greatness lies in...

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