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The Spirit of Karma Yoga

Baba Hari Dass

What is Karma Yoga? Karma Yoga is a selfless act. Any work which does not directly fulfill your ego is Karma Yoga. If someone's tire is punctured and you stop to help, that is spiritual work. If you ...

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16K reads, 8 comments

Pronounce a Silent Blessing

Barbara Brown Taylor

"It is forbidden to taste of the pleasures of this world without a blessing." --The Talmud I think that the best way to discover what pronouncing blessings is all about is to pronounce a ...

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17K reads, 14 comments

In Eyes Of God, We're All Minorities

Barbara Brown Taylor

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, who...

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10K reads, 16 comments

Micro Moments of Love

Barbara Frederickson

It’s time to upgrade our view of love.  First and foremost, love is an emotion, a momentary state that arises to infuse your mind and body alike. Love, like all emotions, surfaces like a d...

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77K reads, 19 comments

Love Is Not An Emotion

Barbara Frederickson

Love, defined as micro moments of positivity resonance, may thus be the most generative and consequential of all positive emotions. By virtue of being a single state, distributed across and reverberat...

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16K reads, 9 comments

The Positivity Ratio

Barbara Fredrickson

Imagine you’re a water lily. It’s early dawn and your petals are closed in around your face. If you can see anything at all, it’s just a little spot of sunlight. But as the sun rises...

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14K reads, 15 comments

Small Wonder

Barbara Kingsolver

Barry Lopez writes that if we hope to succeed in the endeavor of protecting natures other than our own, "it will require that we reimagine our lives.... It will require of many of us a humanity w...

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29K reads, 5 comments

Planetary Birth

Barbara Marx Hubbard

From the vantage point of our birth as a universal humanity, we are not dying; rather we are in a dangerous but natural condition, Just post-birth, not yet awake, yet become aware that if we do not sh...

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12K reads, 10 comments

Doing What You Love

Barbara Sher

You should be doing what you love. What you love is as unique to you as your fingerprints. You need to know that because nothing will make you really happy but doing what you love. Just look at peop...

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3K reads, 2 comments

Incentives Are Not Enough

Barry Schwartz

When you incentivize everything, you de-moralize it, you take the moral dimensions out of it. Arguably, in the olden days, bankers wanted to make money, but they also wanted to serve clients and comm...

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11K reads, 8 comments

Dark Skies Show Us Stars

Bear Guerra

One of my earliest childhood memories finds me waking from a deep sleep in the middle of the night, during a family road trip. Far from any city lights, I look out the window toward the sky above, and...

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7K reads, 8 comments

No Longer Playing It Safe

bell hooks

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 of...

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12K reads, 7 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

Zen TV

Bernard McGrane

"How many of you know how to watch television?" I asked my class one day. After a few bewildered and silent moments, slowly, one by one, everyone haltingly raised their hands. We soon acknowledged tha...

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13K reads, 4 comments

Do What You Can

Bernie Glassman

I'm basically a simple person. The way I look at the issues you're talking about, which are issues of the globe, is to bring it back to our own bodies. My understanding is that we are all interconnec...

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16K reads

We'll See

Bernie Siegel

There is a man who has a farm, and his whole livelihood depends on his horse to plow the field. One day he is out plowing and suddenly the horse drops dead. The people of the town say "That's very u...

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4K reads

Individual and Social Ethics

Bertrand Russell

Misers, whose absorption in means is pathological, are generally recognized to be unwise, but minor forms of the same malady are apt to receive undue commendation.  Without some consciousness ...

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32K reads, 18 comments

In Praise of Idleness

Bertrand Russell

Like most of my generation, I was brought up on the saying: 'Satan finds some mischief for idle hands to do.' Being a highly virtuous child, I believed all that I was told, and acquired a cons...

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35K reads, 21 comments

A Deep, Uncritical Love

Bhante Gunaratana

You can't make radical changes in the pattern of your life until you begin to see yourself exactly as you are now. As soon as you do that, changes will flow naturally. You don't have to force anything...

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20K reads, 9 comments

When You Run Into Problems

Bhante Gunaratna

You are going to run into problems in your meditation. Everybody does. Problems come in all shapes and sizes and the only thing you can be absolutely certain about is that you will have some. The mai...

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10K reads, 4 comments

Meditation: A Process Of Retraining The Mind

Bhante Gunaratna

Gently, but firmly, without getting upset or judging yourself for straying, simply return to the simple physical sensation of the breath. Then do it again the next time, and again, and again, and agai...

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10K reads, 7 comments

Balancing Vision and Routine

Bhikkhu Bodhi

All human activity can be viewed as an interplay between two contrary but equally essential factors -- vision and repetitive routine. Vision is the creative element in activity, whose presence ensures...

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27K reads, 11 comments

Bridging The Spiritual and Mundane

Bhikkhu Bodhi

As I now look at our situation, I distinguish three major domains in which human life participates. One I call the transcendent domain, which is the sphere of aspiration for classical contemplative sp...

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47K reads, 14 comments

Beginning Right Here and Now

Bill Dougherty

Having been jolted out of the comfortable inertia of our previous religious and scientific dicta by decades of discoveries into the nature of man and the universe, we are being forced to ask ourselves...

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13K reads, 5 comments

Man In The Glass

Bill Parcells

When you get what you want in your struggle for self And the world makes you king for a day Just go to a mirror and look at yourself And see what that man has to say For it isn't your father, mother...

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219K reads, 23 comments

The Power of Here

Bill Plotkin

Wisdom traditions worldwide say there's no greater blessing than to live the life of your soul, the source of your deepest personal fulfillment and of your greatest service to others. It's what you we...

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15K reads, 10 comments

How to Live If You're Going to Die

Blanche Hartman

I got a call that a dear friend of mine, who received precepts from me years ago when I lived at Green Gulch, was dying. I arranged with her husband to go and see her and give her the precepts again. ...

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66K reads, 21 comments

Simple Living, Simple Joy

Bo Lozoff

A friend of ours here in North Carolina recently lost her beautiful 19-year-old son to suicide. She told us he was the sixth among a small group of friends who have committed suicide in the past two-...

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3K reads

Magic of Service

Bo Lozoff

When we live in harmony with the dharma, or the great natural law, everything we do is an act of service. Wherever we are, whatever we do with our time, were lightening the load of the whole planet ju...

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4K reads

Keep Looking and You'll See

Bo Lozoff

There are three fundamental rules that all the wisdom traditions say will help us accomplish our task, if we follow them. The first is to be cautious about materialism: Don't want too much. Live modes...

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3K reads

Choosing Suffering over Safety

Bonnie Rose

“Can you walk, sweetheart?” I say these words to our dog Stella who is dying. It’s time for breakfast and if she walks from our bed to the kitchen, maybe that will be a sign. Maybe s...

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14K reads, 14 comments

What You Missed That Day You Were Absent From Fourth Grade

Brad Aaron Modlin

Mrs. Nelson explained how to stand still and listen to the wind, how to find meaning in pumping gas, how peeling potatoes can be a form of prayer. She took questions on how not to feel lost in th...

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27K reads, 12 comments

Living With Radical Honesty

Brad Blanton

I learned that the primary cause of most human stress, the primary cause of most conflict between couples and the primary cause of most both psychological and physical illness is being trapped in your...

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16K reads, 11 comments

Vulnerability is the Path

Brene Brown

Vulnerability isn't good or bad: it's not what we call a dark emotion, nor is it always a light, positive experience. Vulnerability is the core of all emotions and feelings. To feel is to be...

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25K reads, 19 comments

Exhausting Quest For Perfection

Brene Brown

The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting, but as hard as we try, we can't turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like "Never good enough" and "What will ...

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23K reads, 11 comments

A Guide To Life's Turning Points

Brian Browne-Walker

Progress is made in steps, not in leaps. Move only as far as the opening allows. Remain neutral and tolerant of adversity. When in doubt, remain still. By accepting things as they are and not makin...

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43K reads, 19 comments

Half A Pomegranate

Brian Conroy

Early one morning, the Buddha and his disciples set off on an alms round. He announced that on that day all of the offerings they received would be given to the poor.  The community sat beneat...

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10K reads, 27 comments

Wholeheartedness

Brother David

The end -- in all of the monastic traditions, of both East and West -- consists in cultivating mindfulness, being mindful. And "mindful" may be a little misleading, because it sounds a bit much like ...

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9K reads, 6 comments

Contemplation Vs. Social Change

Brother David Steindl-Rast

Brother David: You can’t really be a contemplative, unless you also want to change the world. You want to change yourself, and that’s where the struggle comes in. By ch...

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174K reads, 13 comments

Three Great Forces

Brother David Steindl-Rast

The three great forces that the Christian Elders in the Egyptian desert identified as the enemies against which we’re battling are anger, lust, and laziness. The third one is called the noonday ...

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21K reads, 15 comments

A Pledge For Grateful Living

Brother David Steindl-Rast

In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overcome the illusion of entitlement by reminding myself that everything is gift and, thus, to live gratefully. In thanksgiving for life, I pledge to overc...

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16K reads, 20 comments

Letting Meaning Flow Into Purpose

Brother David Steindl-Rast

The only point where one can start to talk about anything, including death, is where one finds oneself. And for me this is as a Benedictine monk. In the rule of St. Benedict, the momenta mori has alwa...

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22K reads, 6 comments

Giving Up is Different From Letting Someone Down

Brother David Steindl-Rast

This inner gesture of letting go from moment to moment is what is so terribly difficult for us; and it can be applied to almost any area of experience. We mentioned time, for instance: there is the wh...

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11K reads, 10 comments

Loving Your Enemy

Brother David Steindl-Rast

To love our enemies does not mean that we suddenly become their friends. If it is our enemies we are to love, they must remain enemies. Unless you have enemies, you cannot love them. And if you have n...

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41K reads, 10 comments

The Great Gesture That Unites Us

Brother David Steindl-Rast

I recognize, I acknowledge, I am grateful; in French these three concepts are expressed by one term: “Je suis reconnaissant.” I recognize the special quality of this joy: It is a joy fr...

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7K reads, 7 comments

Tao of Jeet Kune Do

Bruce Lee

Can you look at a situation without naming it? Naming it a word, causes fear. Jeet Kune Do [a martial arts form by Bruce Lee] favors formlessness so that it can assume all forms, and since Jeet Kun...

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6K reads

The Broken Among Us Teach Us

Bryan Stevenson

What sustains me is this knowledge I have that it’s really the broken among us that can contribute a lot to our quest for full, equal justice. When you’re broken, you actually — you ...

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8K reads, 10 comments

Commit Absolutely

Buckminster Fuller

If you knew what you were doing, it's going to probably open up some very great treasures, but those don't belong to you. When I find myself being introduced to many audiences, because I do really m...

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3K reads

Friends with the Wind

Byron Katie

The only time we suffer is when we believe a thought that argues with what is. When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want. If you want reality to be different than it is, you might a...

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4K reads

Investigating Untrue Thoughts

Byron Katie

I have never experienced a stressful feeling that wasn’t caused by attaching to an untrue thought. Behind every uncomfortable feeling, there’s a thought that isn’t true for us. "The wind shouldn’t be ...

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13K reads, 9 comments

There Is Just One Thing To Do

Byron Katie

When you become a lover of what is, there are no more decisions to make. In my life, I just wait and watch. I know that the decision will be made in its own time, so I let go of when, where, and how. ...

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15K reads, 15 comments

The Gentlest Thing in the World

Byron Katie

The gentlest thing in the world is an open mind. Since it doesn't believe what it thinks, it is flexible, porous, without opposition, without defense. Nothing has power over it. Nothing can resist...

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24K reads, 20 comments

Staying In Your Own Business

Byron Katie

I can find only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God’s. For me, the word God means "reality." Reality is God, because it rules. Anything that&rs...

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110K reads, 76 comments