Reading Archive (Connection)

How Is Your Heart Doing?

Omid Safi

In many Muslim cultures, when you want to ask them how they’re doing, you ask: in Arabic, Kayf haal-ik? or, in Persian, Haal-e shomaa chetoreh? How is yourhaal? What is this haal that you inq...

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70K reads, 10 comments

What Do I Really Need Right Now?

Sharon Salzberg

An essential question we might ask ourselves is, 'What do I really need right now, in this moment, to be happy?' The world offers us many answers to that question: You need a new car and a new...

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47K reads, 21 comments

Four Types Of Listening

Otto Scharmer

In my years of working with groups and organizations, I have identified four basic types of listening. “Ya, I know that already.” The first type of listening is downloading: listening b...

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34K reads, 71 comments

Emptiness And Compassion Go Hand In Hand

Norman Fischer

The word “emptiness” is a fair translation of shunyata, but it has the drawback of sounding negative, even despairing.  The Chinese, searching for a word that might translate shunyata...

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32K reads, 12 comments

Every Seed Carries a Secret

Angela Fischer

Every seed carries a secret. We will never come to fully know this secret, because it belongs to the mystery of creation. Yet we can learn again what hundreds of generations did before us, namely t...

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25K reads, 5 comments

Heart And Soul Bonds


Our lives are greeted by different types of relationships. Some fun, some cozy and intimate, some crazy and adventurous, some inseparable. Nevertheless, there are also other type of connections, which...

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25K reads, 7 comments

Happy Birthday, Dear Sister

Parag Shah

Happy Birthday, Dear Sister. Welcome to the festival of this world. I pray in silence on this day, That you are bestowed with the gift of Nothingness! That Nothingness which is full of space, ...

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25K reads, 10 comments

Learning to 'Presence'

Peter Senge

When any of us acts in a state of fear or anxiety, our actions are likely to revert to what is most habitual: our most instinctual behaviors dominate, ultimately reducing us to our “fight &ndash...

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22K reads, 6 comments

The World Also Has a Soul

David Whyte

"There is a core delusion at the center of our struggles in all organizations. A core delusion that narrows our sense of self and ignores the greater world beyond the organization. It is a world ...

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22K reads, 18 comments

Be Nobody

Lama Marut

Consider this: We all know that it is in those moments when we completely lose ourselves — engrossed in a good book or movie, engaged in an all-consuming task or hobby, or immersed in our child&...

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20K reads, 16 comments

Keeping The Smoke Hole Open

Martin Shaw

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 divin...

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17K reads, 17 comments

Song Of The Birds

David G. Haskell

For millennia, the language of birds has called us to cross divides. In the Qur’an, Solomon received a bounty and blessing when he was given the language of birds. Job exhorts us to hear the wis...

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16K reads, 8 comments

Humor Is A Magical Interface

Steve Bhaerman

Humor is a magical interface between the logical and intuitive minds. Consequently, it has the power to bypass the left-brain’s linear gatekeepers and allow outside-the-box ideas to come in unde...

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13K reads, 2 comments

Being Connected Within

Jon Kabat-Zinn

With our mobile phones and wireless palm devices, we are now able to be so connected that we can be in touch with anyone and everyone at any time, and do business anywhere. But have you noticed that, ...

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9K reads, 9 comments