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Presence: The Quality of Consciously Being Here

Kabir Helminski

A common theme runs through all the great spiritual traditions. It goes by many names – awakening, recollection, mindfulness, dhyana, remembrance, zhikr, presence – and by no name at all. ...

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26K reads, 4 comments

The River Cannot Go Back

Kahlil Gibran

It is said that before entering the sea a river trembles with fear. She looks back at the path she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, the long winding road crossing forests and village...

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96K reads, 66 comments

Song of the Soul

Kahlil Gibran

In the depth of my soul there is A wordless song – a song that lives In the seed of my heart. It refuses to melt with ink on Parchment; it engulfs my affection In a transparent cloak and fl...

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60K reads, 11 comments

Good in Countless Ways

Kahlil Gibran

You are good when you are one with yourself. Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil. For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house. And a ship without ...

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6K reads

Spaces in Togetherness

Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore. You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days. Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God. Bu...

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10K reads

Tear And A Smile

Kahlil Gibran

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart for the joys of the multitude. And I would not have the tears that sadness makes to flow from my every part turn into laughter. I would that my life remai...

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8K reads

Giving Simply to Give

Kahlil Gibran

"There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. And there are those who give with pain, and that pain is their baptism. And there are those who give and know not the pain i...

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7K reads

Are You Bored Yet?

Karen Maezen Miller

"I'm bored." Schoolchildren can be afflicted with it by the second day of summer; workers by the sixth month on the job; spouses by the seventh year of marriage; and readers by the tenth ...

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34K reads, 33 comments

Sitting Aboard Life's Merry-Go-Round

Karl Renz

Welcome! Welcome to the fair! I can see, you’re already sitting on the merry-go-round! It’s great how you are driving! You have a sleek car, with an accelerator and a brake. But most of al...

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24K reads, 10 comments

Most Perfect Marriage

Kasturba

"I thank you for having had the privilege of being your lifelong companion and helpmate. I thank you for the most perfect marriage in the world, based on brahmacharya (self-control) and not on sex. ...

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3K reads

Why We Listen Better To Strangers Than Family

Kate Murphy

Once you know people well enough to feel close, there’s an unconscious tendency to tune them out because you think you already know what they are going to say. It’s kind of like when you&r...

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17K reads, 23 comments

What Happens When We Wonder?

Katie Steedly

When I think about wonder I think about waterfalls, newborn babies, and whales. I think about seeds, snowflakes, and rainbows. I think about lightening, skyscrapers, and silk. Wonder defies descriptio...

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19K reads, 10 comments

Forgotten Art of Deep Listening

Kay Lindahl

Think of the difference it would make if each of us felt really listened to when we spoke. Imagine the time it would save to be heard the first time around, instead of having to repeat ourselves over...

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8K reads, 9 comments

It Doesn't Matter If You Believe In It

Kazu Haga

Gravity is a universal law of nature. It doesn't matter if you believe in gravity. You are still governed by its laws, and there is no way for you to escape it. The laws of gravity govern human bo...

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12K reads, 7 comments

What You Do Afterwards

Keith Sawyer

Creativity is all about what you do afterwards. I’m thinking about something that Miles Davis said about jazz improvisation: "It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note...

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15K reads, 6 comments

There Is Only One Taste

Ken Wilber

There is only One State, within which different states arise. There is only One Taste, through which different tastes flow. But One Taste itself neither comes nor goes; it is beyond motion and stillne...

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10K reads, 9 comments

Beauty Is The Very Nature Of The Kosmos

Ken Wilber

If science gives us objective Truth, or the “it” of Spirit, and morals give us the Good, or the “we” of Spirit, then Beauty—which is in the “eye” of the behol...

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14K reads, 16 comments

The Theory Behind Forgiveness

Ken Wilber

I always liked the Course's reliance upon forgiveness as a way to remeber the true Self. This is a somewhat unique approach, found in few of the other great wisdom traditions, which usually stress som...

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18K reads, 9 comments

The Thread That Unites Wisdom Traditions

Ken Wilber

Similarities would seem to suggest, among other things, that there are spiritual patterns at work in the universe, at least as far as we can tell, and these spiritual patterns announce themselves with...

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6K reads

In the Lap of Immense Intelligence

Ken Wilber

Because the universe has direction, we ourselves have direction. There is meaning in the movement, intrinsic value in the embrace. As Emerson put it, we lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which ...

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22K reads, 10 comments

You Must Shout From The Heart

Ken Wilber

The alarming fact is that any realization of depth carries a terrible burden: Those who are allowed to see are simultaneously saddled with the obligation to communicate that vision in no uncertain ter...

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15K reads, 8 comments

Small Graces

Kent Neburn

Night is closing in. It is time for sleep. I have walked a quiet path today. I have done no great good, no great harm. I might have wished for more — some dramatic occurrence, something memor...

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21K reads, 16 comments

Believers in Small Graces

Kent Nerbern

There are those who search God in the quiet places -- no churches, no public displays of piety, no dramatic or flamboyant rituals. They may be found standing in humble awe before a sunset, or weeping...

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80K reads, 12 comments

But It Is There

Kent Nerburn

We are all born with a belief in God. It may not have a name or a face. We may not even see it as God. But it is there. It is the sense that comes over us as we stare into the starlit sky or watch th...

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14K reads, 21 comments

The Mystery of Love

Kent Nerburn

Remember that you don't choose love. Love chooses you. All you can really do is accept it for all its mystery when it  comes into your life. Feel the way it fills you to overflowing, then reach o...

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45K reads, 44 comments

Turning Survival Inside Out

Kerri Lake

You know how people will lament when they say, “Time to get back to reality,” or “…yeah, but that’s not how the real world works”? What is the real world? Who sugg...

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6K reads, 5 comments

One Legitimate Use of Power

Keshavan Nair

Gandhi never held any official position in government, he had no wealth, the commanded no armies -- but he could mobilize millions.  People were willing to serve with him and for him because his ...

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12K reads, 6 comments

The Gaps on Your Resume

Kimberley Patton

My students say to me sometimes, as they apply to doctoral programs or jobs in parish ministry, "How shall I account for the two, or the ten, missing years on my resume How should I explain the gap?" ...

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6K reads, 8 comments

Radical Reflection

Kittisaro

We feel we can capture something by thinking about it. In reality, when we grasp at thoughts, the very process of trying to possess a piece of life ensures that it continually eludes us. We can never ...

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8K reads, 6 comments

Who are you, really?

Kosi

“Any thought that you have had about yourself, however deflated or inflated, is not who you are. It is simply a thought. The truth of who you are cannot be thought, because it is the source of a...

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15K reads, 40 comments

Meditate Like Christ

Krishna Das

One day a Canadian man arrived for his first visit with Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). He  didn't know much about Maharaj-ji but had heard about him. Maharaj-ji didn't give lectures or fo...

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37K reads, 85 comments

Practice Without Integration is a Waste

Krishna Das

I once met Roshi Philip Kapleau, the author of The Three Pillars of Zen. He was one of the first Westerners to go to Japan and do intense practice there. He was suffering from very advanced Parkinson&...

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18K reads, 30 comments

Movie Of Me, Now Playing 24 Hours A Day

Krishna Das

What keeps us away from the gentle rain of grace? It's our endless obsession, all day long, with I, me, mine. We wake up in the morning and start writing "the movie of Me": What am I goi...

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12K reads, 14 comments

On Meditation

Krishnamurti

"When man becomes aware of the movement of his own thoughts he will see the division between the thinker and thought, the observer and the observed, the experiencer and the experience. He will dis...

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3K reads

On Greed

Krishnamurti

"Take greed. Do you know what greed is? It is eating more food than you need, wanting to outshine others at games, wanting to have more property, a bigger car than someone else. The...

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6K reads

On Generosity

Krishnamurti

"We are going to talk about something which needs a mind that can penetrate very profoundly. We must begin very near because we cannot go very far if we do not know how to begin very close,...

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6K reads

Chaos Within, Chaos Without

Krishnamurti

Do not think by merely wishing for peace, you will have peace, when in your daily life of relationship you are aggressive, acquisitive, seeking psychological security here or in the hereaft...

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4K reads

Imitation

Krishnamurti

Another cause of dullness is imitation. You are made to imitate by tradition. The weight of the past drives you to conform, toe the line, and through conformity the mind feels safe, secure; it esta...

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7K reads

Branch Is Not The Tree

Krishnamurti

"In our search for knowledge, in our acquisitive desires, we are losing life, we are blunting the feeling for beauty, the sensitivity to cruelty; we are becoming more and more specialized and less ...

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3K reads

Distraction From What Is

Krishnamurti

Effort is distraction from what is. We must understand the problem of striving. If we can understand the significance of effort, then we can translate it into action in our daily life. Does not eff...

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5K reads

Why Do We Gossip?

Krishnamurti

I wonder why we gossip? Is it because it reveals others to us? And why should others be revealed to us? Why do you want to know others? Why this extraordinary concern about others? First of all, why ...

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3K reads

True Education

Krishnamurti

It is always difficult to keep simple and clear. The world worships success, the bigger the better; the greater the audience the greater the speaker; the colossal super buildings, cars, aeroplanes an...

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4K reads

A Journey Together

Krishnamurti

If we could take a journey, make a pilgrimage together, without any intent or purpose, without seeking anything, perhaps on returning we might find that our hearts had unknowingly been changed. I thi...

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4K reads

Self-Compassion Over Self-Esteem

Kristin Neff

The great angst of modern life is this: no matter how hard we try, no matter how successful we are, no matter how good a parent, worker, or spouse we are – it’s never enough. There is alwa...

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9K reads, 10 comments