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Mass Movement

J. Krishnamurti

We see throughout the world extremes of poverty and riches, abundance and at the same time starvation; we have class distinction and racial hatred, the stupidity of nationalism and the appalling cruel...

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16K reads, 10 comments

Does Life Have A Purpose?

J. Krishnamurti

Questioner: Why do you maintain that Life has no purpose? If Life has no purpose, the individual life, even in pure being, can have no purpose either; because individual perfection can have a meani...

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28K reads, 8 comments

Bedrock On Which We All Stand

J. Krishnamurti

Do you realize, sir, that you are the world and the world is you? The world is not separate from you and me. There is a common thread of relationship weaving us all together. Deep down we are all tota...

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13K reads, 10 comments

Where Skillfullness and Clarity Meet

J. Krishnamurti

We have become very skillful in dealing with our daily life; skillful, in the sense of being clever in applying a great deal of knowledge which we have acquired through education and experience. We ac...

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23K reads, 6 comments

A Key To End Sorrow

J. Krishnamurti

The demand to be safe in a relationship inevitably breeds sorrow and fear. The seeking for security invites insecurity. Have you ever found security in any of your relationships? Have you? Most of us ...

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15K reads, 6 comments

How Can You Live In This World And Yet Be Innocent?

J. Krishnamurti

How can you live in this world and yet be innocent? First, be innocent and then you will live in this world, not the other way round. Be vulnerable, be tremendously vulnerable. You do not even unde...

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13K reads, 10 comments

Fear: Its Beginning, Middle and End

J. Krishnamurti

Fear is never an actuality; it is either before or after the active present. When there is fear in the active present, is it fear? It is there and there is no escape from it, no evasion possible. Ther...

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18K reads, 9 comments

Why Do Social Work?

J. Krishnamurti

Q:  "I want to do social work, but I don't know how to start."   Krishnamurti: I think it is very important to find out not how to start, but why you want to do social work at al...

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135K reads, 26 comments

Is There Righteous Anger Ever?

J. Krishnamurti

One of the most common expressions of violence is anger. When my wife or sister is attacked, I say I am righteously angry; when my country is attacked, my ideas, my principles, my way of life, I am ri...

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21K reads, 16 comments

Simplicity of the Heart

J. Krishnamurti

Simplicity  of  the  heart  is  of  far  greater  importance  and  significance  than  simplicity  of possessions.  To  be&nb...

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15K reads, 12 comments

Awareness is Profound Interest

J. Krishnamurti

The man who wants to improve himself can never be aware, because improvement implies condemnation and the achievement of a result; whereas in awareness there is observation without condemnation, witho...

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25K reads, 13 comments

A Path to Truth

J. Krishnamurti

When you speak of a path to truth, it implies that truth, this living reality, is not in the present, but somewhere in the distance, somewhere in the future. Now to me, truth is fulfillment, and to f...

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28K reads, 11 comments

He Who Accumulates Cannot Learn

J. Krishnamurti

It seems that communion is a very difficult art. To commune with one another over the many problems that we have requires listening and learning, which are both very difficult to do. Most of us hardly...

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399K reads, 20 comments

Truth is a Pathless Land

J. Krishnamurti

Truth is a pathless land. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized; nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along a...

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23K reads

Four Seasons In A Day

J. Krishnamurti

If you have lived an experience fully, completely, have you not found that it leaves no traces behind? It is only the incomplete experiences that leave their mark, giving ...

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4K reads

What is meditation?

J. Krishnamurti

The question is not how to meditate, what system to follow, but what is meditation? The 'how' can only produce what the method offers, but the very inquiry into what is meditation will open ...

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3K reads

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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8K reads, 6 comments

Every Sensation Comes to an End

J. Krishnamurti

I wonder if you know what it means to be aware of something? Most of us are not aware because we have become so accustomed to condemning, judging, evaluating, identifying, choosing. Choice obviously p...

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34K reads, 28 comments

Be A Light Unto Yourself

J. Krishnamurti

To be aware is to watch your bodily activity, the way you walk, the way you sit, the movements of your hands; it is to hear the words you use, to observe all your thoughts, all your emotions, all you...

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19K reads, 4 comments

Creative Revolution

J. Krishnamurti

To revolt within society in order to make it a little better, to bring about certain reforms, is like the revolt of prisoners to improve their life within the prison walls; and such revolt is no rev...

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4K reads

What is Time?

J. Krishnamurti

Do you know what time is? Not by the watch, not chronological time, but psychological time? It is the interval between idea and action. An idea is for self-protection obviously; it is the idea of bei...

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23K reads, 5 comments

Sorrow

J. Krishnamurti

Sorrow has to be understood and not ignored. To ignore it is to give continuity to suffering; to ignore it is to escape from suffering. To udnerstand suffering needs an operational, experimental appr...

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6K reads

The Golden Eternity

Jack Kerouac

I have lots of things to share now, in case we ever meet, concerning the message that was transmitted to me under a pine tree in North Carolina on a cold winter moonlit night. It said that Nothing Eve...

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107K reads, 26 comments

Path With Heart

Jack Kornfield

In undertaking a spiritual life, what matters is simple: We must make certain that our path is connected with our heart. In the end, spiritual life is not a process of seeking or gaining some extraord...

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10K reads, 10 comments

Stopping The War

Jack Kornfield

The purpose of a spiritual discipline is to give us a way to stop the war, not by our force of will, but organically, through understanding and gradual training. Ongoing spiritual practice can he...

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15K reads, 5 comments

The Poisoned Tree

Jack Kornfield

The maturity we can develop in approaching our difficulties is illustrated by the traditional story of a poisoned tree. On first discovering a poisoned tree, some people see only its danger. Their imm...

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15K reads, 18 comments

Where We Are Is Our Temple

Jack Kornfield

Expanding our spiritual practice is actually a process of expanding our heart, of widening our circle of insight and compassion to gradually include the whole of our life. Being on earth here in human...

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21K reads, 8 comments

Touched by Pain of Life

Jack Kornfield

To live in the present demands an ongoing and unwavering commitment. As we follow a spiritual path, we are required to stop the war not once but many times. Over and over we feel the familiar tug of...

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4K reads

Moving The Rocks

Jack Kornfield

A writer I know began his practice with a well-known teacher many years ago. The writer didn't know much about meditation, but after some preliminary instruction he decided that enlightenment was for...

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3K reads

The Wisdom Of Uncertainty

Jack Kornfield

One day Ajahn Chah held up a beautiful Chinese tea cup, “To me this cup is already broken. Because I know its fate, I can enjoy it fully here and now. And when it’s gone, it’s gone.&...

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14K reads, 13 comments

Beauty of True Simplicity

Jack Kornfield

The clutter of our lives binds us to the precious simplicity that surrounds us and within us. Too of ten we become possessed and imprisoned by the chains of our own accumulations. We live in fear of t...

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13K reads, 2 comments

Only Passing Through

Jack Kornfield

Letting go and moving through life from one change to another brings the maturing of our spiritual being. In the end we discover that to love and let go can be the same thing. Both ways do not seek t...

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8K reads

Time: A Mystery & Problem

Jacob Needleman

The question of our relationship to time is both a mystery and a problem. It calls to us from the deepest recesses of the human heart. And it bedevils us on all the surfaces of our everyday life. At...

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7K reads, 3 comments

The Problem of Time

Jacob Needleman

It is necessary to realize that technology itself is not the cause of our problem of [not having enough] time.  Its influence on our lives is a result, not a cause -- the result of an unseen acce...

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13K reads, 8 comments

Right Away is the Opposite of Now

Jacob Needleman

Some years ago, I was walking downtown San Francisco with a great friend and a learned Tibetan scholar. I asked him about one of the most striking ways that the Tibetans express the uniqueness of the ...

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15K reads, 13 comments

A 9-Year-Old's Hidden Self

Jacob Needleman

The quality and strength of Lobsang's inner being was also brought home to me through an event that took place in my home.  After one of his weekends working with our translation group, he stayed...

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32K reads, 23 comments

Mistake of Immense Proportion

Jacob Needleman

Since the beginning of recorded history, man has been haunted by the intimation that he lives in a world of mere appearances. In every teaching and spiritual philosophy of the past we find the idea th...

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10K reads, 11 comments

Why Are We Running Out of Time?

Jacob Needleman

Technology itself is not the cause of our problem of time. Its influence on our lives is a result, not a cause -- the result of an unseen accelerating process taking place in ourselves, in our inner b...

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104K reads, 2 comments

Unlocking a New Sphere of Reality

Jacques Lusseyran

Being attentive unlocks a sphere of reality that no one suspects. If, for instance, I walked along a path without being attentive, completely immersed in myself, I did not even know whether trees grew...

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58K reads, 10 comments

My Freedom Is In Your Hands

Jacques Verduin

What if this virus had a hidden agenda other than spreading fear about how it might compromise our health? What if, hidden in its drive to be contagious there was another message, urging to be he...

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5K reads, 21 comments

Divine Darkness

Jaggi Vasudev

The word Shiva literally means that which is not. That which is, is existence; that which is, is creation. That which is not is Shiva. If you open your eyes and look around, if your vision is for s...

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8K reads, 2 comments

Giving and Receiving

Jaggi Vasudev

Giving and receiving is the basis of all transactions. No interaction can take place without these two. Nowadays, we are constantly trying to elevate one to a place of sanctity and the other to subord...

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19K reads, 7 comments

To Rule Or To Serve

Jaggi Vasudev

We have to perform action, so let us do it whole-heartedly and let us choose the form of action that we want to do. Now the choice is just this-- either to rule or to serve. [...] Every moment, a...

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3K reads

Make Your Life Into a Giving

Jaggi Vasudeva

Make your life into a giving. When I say a giving, it is not to be understood as an act. Giving as an act is a deception because, after all, what can you give? Everything that we have, including this ...

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18K reads, 15 comments

Garden Teaches Us To Travel

James Carse

If indifference to nature leads to the machine, the indifference of nature leads to the garden. All culture has the form of gardening: the encouragement of spontaneity in others by way of one's ow...

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7K reads, 9 comments

Ourselves We're Helping, Ourselves We're Healing

James Carse

I am touched by another when the distance between us is reduced to zero. I am touched only if I respond from my own center -- that is, spontaneously, originally. But you do not touch me except from yo...

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4K reads, 2 comments

Zen Of Archery

James Clear

In the 1920s, a German professor named Eugen Herrigel moved to Japan and began training in the martial art of archery, with a legendary archer named Awa Kenzo. Kenzo was convinced that beginners shoul...

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12K reads, 9 comments

A Higher Level Of Conscious Engagement

James O'dea

We live in an age of spiritual smorgasbord: People are mixing concepts, aphorisms, and insights from a broad variety of mystical and faith traditions. A blend of notions culled from many spiritual pat...

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18K reads, 8 comments

Witnessing: A Form of Compassion

James O'dea

At this time a whole new configuration of science, spirituality and health is in movement. Many of us have come to enjoy fresh insights from quantum physics. How extraordinary that when we looked do...

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6K reads, 6 comments

Spontaneous Resonance

James O'dea

A friend recently described her spontaneous reaction to a police officer beating a black youth. The cracking sound of a blow to the youth instantaneously ignited a mighty “No!” as she surg...

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13K reads, 7 comments

New Year Shift

James O'dea

[A New Year] is upon us, and it will be a year when you and I and conscious people everywhere will need to advance the transformation of our institutions, communities, nations and the world. That tran...

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3K reads

The Only True Voyage

James P. Carse

A garden is a place where growth is found. It has its own source of change. One does not bring change to a garden, but comes to a garden prepared for change, and therefore prepared to change. It is po...

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28K reads, 5 comments

Our Greatest Mistake

James Redfield

Our greatest mistake, in my opinion is to think that human spirituality is somehow already understood and established. If history tells us anything, it is that human culture and knowledge are constant...

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5K reads

Mysterious Coincidences

James Redfield

"This is hard to explain," she said. "But the priest put it this way. He said the First Insight occurs when we become conscious of the coincidences in our lives." She leaned toward me. "Have you eve...

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5K reads

To Be On A Spiritual Path

Jan Phillips

"To be on a spiritual path means to live mindfully, paying attention to the signs along the road and being conscious of our body — the vehicle we are traveling in — and of the needs a...

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80K reads, 40 comments

Blessing For The Longest Night

Jan Richardson

All throughout these months as the shadows have lengthened, this blessing has been gathering itself, making ready, preparing for this night. It has practiced walking in the dark, traveling...

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11K reads, 18 comments

Dropping Out, Like The Buddha

Jane Brunette

In an age where being super busy is a badge of honor and accomplishing tasks the greatest virtue, where some activists promote rallies by quoting Martin Luther King saying, ”For evil to succeed,...

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17K reads, 17 comments

Shaped by a Silky Attention

Jane Hirshfield

A request for concentration isn't always answered, but people engaged in many disciplines have found ways to invite it in. Violinists practicing scales and dancers repeating the same movements ove...

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13K reads, 4 comments

Looking With Head, Heart, and Hands

Jane Rosen

When I speak of seeing, I feel that the mind is open and in a relationship to the hands working, which opens a feeling of being more fully alive. That is what I call seeing. More than one part of you...

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26K reads, 10 comments

Living Lessons of Biomimicry

Janine Benyus

Biomimics are men and women who are exploring nature’s masterpieces -- photosynthesis, self-assembly, natural selection, and more–and then copying these designs and manufacturing processes...

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15K reads, 12 comments

Opening the Door to a New Humanity

Janis Roze

Over six billion different worldviews are walking on our earth. Every individual I-universe has one. Together we create and carry the vibrating, advancing, struggling humanity's creation – a moving,...

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6K reads, 2 comments

House of 1000 mirrors

Japanese Folktale

Long ago in a small, far away village, there was place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up ...

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5K reads

Practice Over Parables

Jason Garner

A Zen teacher once told me something interesting. We were meditating together at my home when my dog began to bark. He sensed my agitation and said in his rich Tasmanian accent, “Don’t be ...

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8K reads, 13 comments

Being A Social Artist

Jean Houston

Let us explore the nature and development of our call to service in ways that link inner and outer realities, universal plans and passionate commitment. Let us ask what to do, where to go, how to take...

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3K reads

Only Stillness Can Change Us

Jean Klein

Your real self, your true nature is what is closest to you: it is yourself. Each step taken to reach it moves you further away from there. Attention is not inside nor outside, so you can never go to m...

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10K reads, 13 comments

Silence

Jean Klein

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 the ...

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15K reads, 28 comments

Seeing is an Act

Jeanne de Salzmann

The question is not what to do but how to see. Seeing is the most ­important thing -- the act of seeing.   I need to realize that it is truly an act, an action that brings something entirel...

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100K reads, 19 comments

Seeing Is Not Thinking

Jeanne de Salzmann

The question is not what to do but how to see. Seeing is the most important thing—the act of seeing. I need to realize that it is truly an act, an action that brings something entirely new, a ne...

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15K reads, 7 comments

Your Life Cannot Go Wrong

Jeff Foster

In reality, your world is set up so that nothing happens to you, but everything happens for you - for your awakening, for your growth, for your inspiration, for your exploration - even if you forget t...

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76K reads, 59 comments

Somehow I'm Always Held

Jeff Foster

In my short time on this planet, I have known great sorrow, plunged into the depths of oceanic despair, been thrown so deeply into my loneliness that I thought I would never return. I have tasted t...

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37K reads, 23 comments

A Walk in the Rain

Jeff Foster

As the story goes, I was walking through the rain on a cold Autumn evening in Oxford. The sky was getting dark; I was wrapped up warm in my new coat. And suddenly and without warning, the search for s...

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34K reads, 39 comments

Compassion: an Objective Form of Empathy

Jeff Weiner

As the Dalai Lama explains, if you are walking along a trail and come along a person who is being crushed by a boulder, an empathetic reaction would result in you feeling the same sense of crushing su...

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21K reads, 8 comments

This is the True Ride

Jennifer Welwood

My friends, let’s grow up. Let’s stop pretending we don’t know the deal here. Or if we truly haven’t noticed, let’s wake up and notice. Look: Everything that can be ...

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26K reads, 40 comments

Difference Between Eah and Oh!

Jerry Wennstrom

After walking some distance, stopping for a cup of tea, and winding my way back to the apartment, I happened upon an older, homeless man in an alley. He was surrounded by several overstuffed plastic b...

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22K reads, 17 comments

My Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor

One of the greatest lessons I learned was how to feel the physical component of emotion. Joy was a feeling in my body. Peace was a feeling in my body. I thought it was interesting that I could feel wh...

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27K reads, 9 comments

Honor the Seed

Jim Ewing

Honor the seed. The words seem so simple. This is knowledge that was passed down to me from my father. Yet, today, those simple words — and sentiments — are so forgotten. My father, a b...

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29K reads, 17 comments

Wherever you are Be there

Jim Rohn

One of the major reasons why we fail to find happiness or to create unique lifestyle is because we have not yet mastered the art of being. While we are home our thoughts are still absorbed with solv...

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3K reads

Spiritual Life Begins Within The Heart

Joan Chittister

The truth is that we spend our lives in the centrifuge of paradox. What seems certainly true on the one hand seems just as false on the other. Life is made up of incongruities: Life ends in death; wha...

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12K reads, 9 comments

The Shambhala Warrior

Joanna Macy

[A Tibetan Legend] "There comes a time when all life on Earth is in danger. Barbarian powers have arisen. Although they waste their wealth in preparations to annihilate each other, they have much in...

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56K reads, 14 comments

The Three Narratives

Joanna Macy

When we come together for this work, at the outset we discern three stories or versions of reality that are shaping our world so that we can see them more clearly and choose which one we want to get b...

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9K reads, 4 comments

I Create My Day

Joe Dispenza

"I wake up in the morning and I consciously create my day the way I want it to happen. Now sometimes, because my mind is examining all the things that I need to get done, it takes me a little bit to s...

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17K reads, 4 comments

A Heart Wide Open

Joel and Michelle Levy

"Then it was as if I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depth of their hearts where neither sin nor knowledge could reach, the core of reality, the person that each one is in the...

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27K reads, 10 comments

The Rich Experience of A Quiet Mind

John Coleman

Entertainments, in whatever form one cares to take them, are necessary and indeed vital to happiness in the ordinary sense of the word. Both the body and the mind need rest and the batteries have to b...

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21K reads, 13 comments

The Power of Art

John F. Kennedy

Strength takes many forms, and the most obvious forms are not always the most significant. The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation’s greatness, but the men who ...

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16K reads, 6 comments

When Someone Deeply Listens To You

John Fox

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 are...

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22K reads, 21 comments

Four Stages Of Groundedness

John J. Prendergast

The ground is both a metaphor and a felt sense. As a metaphor, it means to be in touch with reality. As a felt sense, it refers to feeling our center of gravity low in the belly and experiencing a dee...

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9K reads, 6 comments

For the Traveler

John O'Donohue

Every time you leave home, Another road takes you Into a world you were never in.   New strangers on other paths await. New places that have never seen you Will startle a little at your ent...

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83K reads, 14 comments

From Sincerity to Authenticity

John O'Donohue

One of the most vulnerable living forms in creation is human. At this moment, there are people in a doctor's office getting news that will change their lives forever. [...] There are people having acc...

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53K reads, 22 comments

Letter on the Kitchen Table

John Ptacek

Dear Ego, I’m breaking up with you. No more circular discussions, no more eleventh hour recriminations. We’re through. This is not an emotional decision. Actually, it doesn’t feel ...

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32K reads, 28 comments

Processing Anger With An Open Heart

John Robbins and Ann Mortifee

Anger is an intense and primal expression of the life force, a burning flame that cannot be ignored. It is the psyche’s alarm system, demanding that attention be given to a limit or boundary of ...

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216K reads, 28 comments

Well-Knotted Rope

John Templeton

There is a scene in the marvelous movie Lost Horizons, in which a group of travelers become stranded in the Himalayas. They are met miraculously by a guide who provides them with warm clothing. The...

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3K reads

Parliament Of Subconscious Minds

John Yates

You may object to the idea that your sense of being a self is a mere construct. After all, it feels very real. How can we reconcile this powerful sense of self with the idea that we're just a coll...

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8K reads, 4 comments

Wherever You Go, There You Are

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is considered the heart of meditation but its essence is universal and of deep practical benefit to all. In essence, mindfulness is about wakefulness. Our minds are such that we are ...

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4K reads

Shifting Your Relationship With Pain

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Have you ever noticed that your awareness of pain is not in pain even when you are? I'm sure you have. It is a very common experience, especially in childhood, one we usually don't examine or talk abo...

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39K reads, 9 comments

Strong Enough To Be Weak

Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you are a strong-willed and accomplished person, you may often give the impression that you are invulnerable to feeling inadequate or insecure or hurt. This can be very isolating and ultimately ...

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7K reads

Painting the Inner Sistine Chapel

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Just as we need scaffolding to build a building, just as scaffolding was needed for Michelangelo and his apprentices to paint the frescos on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, so we need a certain kin...

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6K 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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7K reads, 8 comments

We Are Weavers

Jon Madian

we are weavers woven into and from  an ancient ever renewing fabric on an invisible loom more subtle than breath at one turn  we pull to add to our own design to sing each life'...

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8K reads, 9 comments

Indigenous Perception in a Modern Body

Jon Young

I was similar to other suburban kids and was moving towards more involvement in sports when I happened to meet a person on a street corner who changed the direction of my life. He was a tracker who h...

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15K reads, 5 comments

Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts.

Jonathan Franzen

When I was in college, and for many years after, I liked the natural world. Didn’t love it, but definitely liked it. It can be very pretty, nature. And since I was looking for things to find wro...

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177K reads, 23 comments

Between Gift And Privilege

Jonathan Harris

I’ve been wondering: What makes something a gift? What is the difference between a gift and a privilege? What does it mean to be gifted? How can we help one another disc...

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6K reads, 9 comments

The Power of Myth

Joseph Campbell

MOYERS: Why myths? Why should we care about myths? What do they have to do with my life? CAMPBELL: My first response would be, "Go on, live your life, it's a good life--you don't need mytholog...

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41K reads, 15 comments

Don't Side With Yourself

Joseph Goldstein

Through mindfulness, our hearts become spacious enough to hold the painful emotions, to feel the suffering of them, and to let them go. But it takes practice—and perhaps several different practi...

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19K reads, 11 comments

Remember

Joy Harjo

Remember the sky that you were born under, know each of the star’s stories. Remember the moon, know who she...

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28K reads, 10 comments

We Are Between Stories

Judith Thompson

We live in an exciting time. As cultural historian, Thomas Berry put it: "We are between stories." The old story -- bracketed on the one side by reductionist scientific materialism, and on t...

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18K reads, 13 comments

Fire

Judy Brown

What makes a fire burn is space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good thing, too many logs packed in too tight can douse the flames almost as surely as a pail...

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9K reads, 6 comments

10 Principles of The Artist's Way

Julia Cameron

It is my experience both as an artist and as a teacher that when we move out on faith into the act of creation, the universe is able to advance. It is a little like opening the gate at the top of a fi...

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48K reads, 16 comments