Reading Archive (Resilience and Endurance)

The Only Power of the Mystic

Hazrat Inayat Khan

The only power for the mystic is the power of love. Every kind of power lies in this one thing which we call by the simple name: love. Charity, generosity, kindness, affection, endurance, tolerance...

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41K reads, 22 comments

Being Judicious, not Judgmental

Thanissaro Bhikku

One of the most difficult but necessary skills we need to develop as meditators is learning how to be judicious without being judgmental. An as a preliminary step to developing that skill, it's good t...

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39K reads, 5 comments

A Circle of Trust

Parker Palmer

Like a wild animal, the soul is tough, resilient, resourceful, savvy, and self-sufficient: it knows how to survive in hard places. I learned about these qualities during my bouts with depression. In t...

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30K reads, 11 comments

The Two Beliefs of Successful People

David Brooks

  All day long, you are affected by large forces. Genes influence your intelligence and willingness to take risks. Social dynamics unconsciously shape your choices...

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23K reads, 4 comments

No Rush, No Dawdle: The Secret Of Proper Timing

Tom Maxwell

The present is truly the only place we exist. What we call the past is a construct of memory, the recollection of which constitutes a present experience. According to author Alan Watts, the futur...

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16K reads, 7 comments

What Eugene Taught Me

Linda Lantieri

When I first met Eugene, he had been a peer mediator for several years in his South Bronx high school.  Once, when he was asked by his teacher to think about a goal he had for himself in the futu...

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11K reads, 12 comments

Inclining Toward Freedom, Even Through Imperfections

Larry Yang

If we focus only on awakening, we miss most of the spiritual practice. I’m much more interested in how we practice with not awakening, with not being enlightened, because, frankly, those states ...

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10K reads, 5 comments

The Endurance to Observe

Paul Fleischman

There is little I have heard from others -- and it is my daily business to listen -- that I have not seen in myself as I sit. But I also know the necessity of work, training and restraint. Dependence,...

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10K reads, 5 comments