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The Simplest Meditation

Melvin McLeod 

How can everything be perfect if it’s so screwed up? That question goes to the heart of the situation we find ourselves in, which Buddhists call samsara. That’s the endless cycle driven...

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4K reads, 13 comments


Rudy Francisco

She asks me to kill the spider. Instead, I get the most peaceful weapons I can find. I take a cup and a napkin. I catch the spider, put it outside and allow it to walk away. If I am ever cau...

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5K reads, 12 comments

Thoughts Are Just Thoughts

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

What we normally call the mind is the deluded mind, a turbulent vortex of thoughts whipped up by attachment, anger, and ignorance. This mind, unlike enlightened awareness, is always being carried away...

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6K reads, 16 comments

Three Questions For A Better World

Charles Gibbs

My friends have helped me see the deadly consequences of the growing gap between rich and poor.  A wise African religious leader named Jose Chipenda challenged me with a stark perspective on this...

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5K reads, 11 comments

Love Is Not A Feeling, It's An Ability

bell hooks and Sharon Salzberg

bell hooks: It fascinates me that while we are so obsessed with romance, many of us are turned off by the practice of love. When you tell someone that there’s really a practice—a way th...

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5K reads, 12 comments

A Map To Here

The Gnostic Writer

Many people tend to see spiritual awakening as a challenge, goal or spiritual destination  -- something to be achieved or accomplished. One advantage of seeing awakening this way is how it creates a...

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6K reads, 17 comments

You Are Not Alone

Tracy Cochran

The dark season is here in the Northern Hemisphere. And maybe it is dark for you inside as well as outside. You may feel lonely or in pain. You may fear the future. It can be a great comfort to rememb...

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6K reads, 22 comments

When I Say I Know You

J. Krishnamurti

When I say I know you, I mean I knew you yesterday. I do not know you actually now. All I know is my image of you. That image is put together by what you have said in praise of me or to insult me, wha...

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6K reads, 6 comments

Unconditional Love Really Exists

Ram Dass

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not "I love you" for this or that reas...

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11K reads, 8 comments


Stefano Carnazzi

When a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we throw them away angrily and regretfully. Yet there is an alternative, a Japanese practice that highlights and enhances ...

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6K reads, 13 comments

If It Can Suffer, It's Real

Yuval Noah Harari

Many people believe that truth conveys power. Unfortunately, this is just a comforting myth. In fact, truth and power have a far more complicated relationship, because in human society, power means tw...

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7K reads, 11 comments

Conscious Completion

Rosie Bell

Youth is peppered with conspicuous firsts. And unless we’re really trying, life's lasts can tend to sneak past, unnoticed. Your last cigarette may have warranted some ceremony. But what abou...

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10K reads, 11 comments
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