Reading Archives (Author)

Too Many Names

Pablo Neruda

Monday is tangled up with Tuesday and the week with the year: time can’t be cut with your tired scissors, and all the names of the day are rubbed out by the waters of the night. No one ca...

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16K reads, 12 comments

Keeping Quiet

Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still for once on the face of the earth, let’s not speak in any language; let’s stop for a second, and not move our arms so much. I...

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251K reads, 61 comments

Sunrise in Laos

Pam Houston

I am a mountain girl, and my first love in Asia are the monasteries tucked between the snow-covered razor ridges of the high Himalayas. But I've been drawn south into these humid lowlands by the repor...

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8K reads, 10 comments

All We Can Do Is Share Ourselves

Panache Desai

So many of us believe that we have to do something. We have to take action in order to make a difference in the world. We must have a higher purpose, a mission, a profound calling. And while action ce...

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33K reads, 40 comments

Pilgrim In The Open Shore

Pancho Ramos Stierle

Today the clouds and ocean are indistinguishable the horizon vanished with the incessant rhythm this breathing feels synchronized with the larger lungs of Mother Earth and even with the galactic ...

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11K reads, 8 comments

Love Your Path

Paolo Coelho

1. The path begins at a crossroads. There you can stop and think what direction you want to take. But don’t spend too much time thinking or you’ll never leave the spot. Ask yourself the cl...

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40K reads, 24 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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20K reads, 10 comments

True and Native State of Being

Paramhansa Yogananda

Simplicity is not grinding poverty: It is not the polar opposite of wealth. To live simply is to pursue a quiet path of moderation. In a life of balance between opposite extremes lies inner happines...

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4K reads, 9 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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31K reads, 11 comments

Stand In the Tragic Gap

Parker Palmer

The bad news is that violence is found at every level of our lives. The good news is that we can choose nonviolence at every level as well. But what does it mean, in specifics, to act nonviolently? Th...

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27K reads, 15 comments

Habits Of The Heart

Parker Palmer

“Habits of the heart” (a phrase coined by Alexis de Tocqueville) are deeply ingrained ways of seeing, being, and responding to life that involve our minds, our emotions, our self-images, o...

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35K reads, 3 comments

Organic Gift

Parker Palmer

Years ago, I heard Dorothy Day speak. Founder of the Catholic Worker movement, her long-term commitment to living among the poor on New York's Lower East Side - had made her one of my heroes. So i...

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17K reads, 20 comments

That Friend Walking Behind Me

Parker Palmer

Imagine that for many years a friend had been walking a block behind me, calling my name, trying to get my attention because he wanted to tell me some hard but healing truths about myself. But I -- af...

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13K reads, 11 comments

My Misgivings About Advice

Parker Palmer

My misgivings about advice began with my first experience of clinical depression thirty-five years ago. The people who tried to support me had good intentions. But, for the most part, what they d...

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37K reads, 25 comments

The Practice Of Soft Eyes

Parker Palmer

In a sacred landscape, with its complexities and convolutions, surprise is a constant companion: it lies just around the bend or hidden in the next valley, and though it sometimes startles us, it ofte...

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21K reads, 19 comments

A Life On The Ground

Parker Palmer

Question: ... the idea of having “a life on the ground”. Can you expand on what that means to you? That brings back a really important moment in my journey with depression, and in ...

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9K reads, 12 comments

Two Types Of Heartbreaks

Parker Palmer

A disciple asks the rebbe: “Why does Torah tell us to ‘place these words upon your hearts’? Why does it not tell us to place these holy words in our hearts?” The rebbe answer...

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7K reads, 18 comments

Substituting Presence for Preparation

Patricia Ryan Madson

Give up planning. Clear your mind instead of filling it. Don't spend your energy on preparing for the future. Redirect it to the present moment. Instead of packing, show up empty-handed but alert,...

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4K reads

Cultivating Affirmation

Patricia Ryan Madson

This is going to sound crazy. Say yes to everything. Accept all offers. Go along with the plan. Support someone else's dream. Say "yes"; "right"; "sure"; "I will"; "okay"; "of course"; "YES!" Cultivat...

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4K reads, 9 comments

Knowing When to Improvise

Patricia Ryan Madson

A successful life involves both planning and improvising. Sometimes we actually do need a script. Those scripts that are working well for us (positive habits, for example) should be preserved and trea...

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22K reads, 12 comments

Visionmaking Should be a Daily Activity

Patrick O'Neill

One of the most important responsibilities of every leader is to envision the future. Visionmaking should be a daily activity ... and deal with practices of inventing the fu...

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13K reads, 9 comments

Making a New Start

Patty De Llosa

Making a new start isn’t starting ‘again.’ There’s no ‘again’ about it. New is new. But by now I’ve learned how quickly I slip back into the old, so making ...

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26K reads, 8 comments

Is It Really Worth It?

Patty De Llosa

It’s been difficult to accept that I’m often a battleground for several sides of myself, which seem to act in opposition to one another. Is there any solution to feeling so divided? Krishn...

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32K reads, 17 comments

Inner World of Moods

Patty de Llosa

“Give me a place to stand on," said the Greek mathematician Archimedes, “and I can move the world.” He was talking about his invention of using pulleys and levers to raise ...

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55K reads, 12 comments

Mighty in Contradiction: Love Powerfully

Patty De Llosa

As we see more deeply into our inner drives and defenses, we discover that the choices we are faced with aren’t all black and white. Life teaches us that our decisions aren't necessarily base...

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27K reads, 14 comments

I Am Nothing

Paul Buchheit

What will you do if you're too tough to be a good woman, too sensitive to be a good man, too selfish to be a good husband, too lazy to be a good employee, too shy to be a good friend, too caring to be...

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33K reads, 38 comments

Love without Conditions

Paul Ferrini

You will find all kinds of methods to teach you “how to be”.  But, as long as there is a method, you will be “doing”. I am telling you to drop all your methods.&n...

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23K reads, 18 comments

Wonder of the Universe is Wondering In Us

Paul Fleischman

The universe is very big and very old. It was only discovered by us in the twentieth century. When you look up at the night stars you aren’t seeing it. Our Milky Way galaxy alone has billions of...

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15K reads, 10 comments

Equanimity: An Invisible Inheritance

Paul Fleischman

Gratitude isn’t merely an extra, an outflow of meditation. The deep peace of meditation gushes up from the realization that an infinite series of events have crystallized into this moment of equanim...

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6K reads, 2 comments

A Paradoxical Struggle

Paul Fleischman

The life of peace is like an international flight permitting only one handbag. You'll have to leave behind some of your cherished shoes and appliances. The international traveler, the hiker, and the...

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5K reads

Why I Sit

Paul Fleischman

This morning, the first thing I did was to sit for an hour. I have done that regularly for twenty years, and have spent many evenings, days and weeks doing the same. I would like to know myself. It ...

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4K reads, 6 comments

Death is Life's Door

Paul Fleischman

(Note from the Editors: 'Sitting' here refers to seated meditation) Sitting enabled me to see, and compelled me to acknowledge, the role that death had already played, and still continues t...

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20K reads, 12 comments

I Am Interested In My Mind

Paul Fleischman

I am interested in my mind, and in my body. Previous to my having cultivated the habit of sitting, I had thought about myself and had used my body as a tool in the world, to grip a pen or to chop fire...

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12K reads, 9 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

Sense Of Self Is An Essential Skill Of Mind

Paul Fleischman

Many articles in the Western press have confused the Buddha’s idea of “anatta,” the absence of an eternal soul, with the idea that meditation should rid you of your ordinary sense of...

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13K reads, 9 comments

The Listening Mind

Paul Gorman

Reckoning, judging, evaluating, leaping in, taking it personally, being bored -- the helping act has many number of invitations to reactiveness and distraction. Partly we are agitated because we so i...

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7K reads

Service

Paul Gorman & Ram Dass

Separateness and unity. How interesting that these root causes, revealed in the expereience of helping, turn out to be what most spiritual traditions define as the fundamental issue of life itself. ...

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3K reads

When Science Is The Arbiter Of Metaphysics

Paul Kalanithi

Although I had been raised in a devout Christian family, where prayer and Scripture readings were a nightly ritual, I, like most scientific types, came to believe in the possibility of a material conc...

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5K reads, 14 comments

If You Really Pay Attention

Paula Underwood

When I was a little bitty kiddy, about five, my Dad began a process … anytime somebody came and said something to us, my dad would say, "You remember what he said, honey girl?” ...

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378K reads, 99 comments

Courage to Try the Impossible

Paulo Coelho

"You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it's better to listen to what it has to say. That way, you'll never have to fear an unanticipated blow." The boy continued to listen to his hea...

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14K reads, 10 comments

Two Drops Of Oil

Paulo Coelho

A merchant sent his son to learn the Secret of Happiness from the wisest of men. The young man wandered through the desert for forty days until he reached a beautiful castle at the top of a mountain. ...

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9K reads, 12 comments

A Strange Predicament

Pavithra Mehta

When I stop to consider the facts they astonish me. There you are, couched in your own skin, and Here I am in mine. No matter how close We must each do our own living. Your heart cannot be persuad...

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22K reads, 24 comments

Live Like The Roar In A Lion's Throat

Pavithra Mehta

Do you live in your days like a forgotten ticket stub in someone's jacket? As if the show were behind you? As if you went out one evening to watch your life, and decided halfway through that it wa...

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17K reads, 13 comments

Practically Preposterous

Pavithra Mehta

  "Well, I was just inventing a new way of getting over a gate -- would you like to hear it?"  "Very much indeed," Alice said politely.  "I'll tell you how I...

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19K reads, 11 comments

A Portrait in Patience

Pavithra Mehta

Patience they said was a virtue. Only I wasn't ever quite sure why. I always saw her as a rather plain-faced girl with a sweet smile. Too sweet. She was wont to sit in a straight-backed chair. Legs c...

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25K reads, 16 comments

The Four Relinquishments

Peace Pilgrim

Once you've made the first relinquishment, you have found inner peace because it's the relinquishment of self-will. You can work on this by refraining from doing any not-good thing you may be motivate...

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7K reads, 4 comments

Freedom of Simplicity

Peace Pilgrim

Some seem to think my life dedicated to simplicity and service is austere and joyless, but these do not know the freedom of simplicity. I know enough about food to nourish my body properly, and I ha...

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3K reads

From Peace: 12 Reflections On The Path

Peace Pilgrim

There is no glimpse of the light without walking the path. You can't get it from anyone else, nor can you give it to anyone. Just take whatever steps seem easiest for you, and as you take a few ...

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11K reads, 12 comments

Four Purifications

Peace Pilgrim

Then I discovered that there were some purifications required of me. The first one is such a simple thing: it is purification of the body. This has to do with your physical living habits. Do you eat ...

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5K reads

Living to Give

Peace Pilgrim

In my early life I made two very important discoveries. In the first place I discovered that making money was easy. And in the second place I discovered that making money and spending it foolishly wa...

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3K reads

Life Is Full But Not Overcrowded

Peace Pilgrim

In my mid life, I began to realize that it's as though we have two selves or two natures or two wills with two different viewpoints. Because the viewpoints were so different, I felt a struggle in ...

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12K reads, 3 comments

Beatitudes

Peace Pilgrim

Blessed are they who give without expecting even thanks in return, for they shall be abundantly rewarded. Blessed are they who translate every good thing that they know into action, for even highe...

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3K reads

Staying Small To Stay Safe

Peggy Dulany

Somewhere along the line of human evolution, fears caused many of us (especially those who lost their link to the natural environment and came to live in crowded, stressful living conditions) to shrin...

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11K reads, 19 comments

Reaching Underneath Our Protective Shell

Pema Chodron

There's a slogan in the Mahayana teachings that says, "Drive all blames onto oneself." The essence of this slogan is, "When it hurts so bad, it's because I am hanging on so tigh...

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21K reads, 16 comments

Cool Loneliness

Pema Chodron

As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve resoluti...

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30K reads, 16 comments

You Can't Get There From Here

Pema Chodron

When you sit down to meditate, you can bring to your practice the notion of the threefold purity: not being caught up with ideas about yourself, not being caught up with ideas about the practice, and ...

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5K reads, 4 comments

To Be Continually Thrown Out Of The Nest

Pema Chodron

We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that's death. Seeking security or p...

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16K reads, 10 comments

Learning to Stay

Pema Chodron

In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that...

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24K reads, 3 comments

Laziness As Our Personal Teacher

Pema Chodron

The path of awakening is a process. It’s a process of gradually learning to become intimate with our so-called obstacles. So rather than feeling discouraged by laziness, we could look into our l...

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14K reads, 5 comments

Start Where You Are

Pema Chodron

We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves--the heavy-duty fearing that we're bad and hoping that we're good, the identities t...

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7K reads

The Trick is to Keep Seeing

Pema Chodron

(The Tibetan word shenpa) is usually translated “attachment,” but a more descriptive translation might be “hooked.” When shenpa hooks us, we’re likely to get stuck. We co...

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29K reads, 3 comments

The Shenpa Syndrome

Pema Chodron

Someone criticizes you. They criticize your work or your appearance or your child. At moments like that, what is it you feel? It has a familiar taste in your mouth, it has a familiar smell. Once yo...

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50K reads, 6 comments

We Are Swimming in Miracles

Peter Kalmus

Chicago. I remember in high school, I went for a walk. I was going to a friend's house and I was walking past all these houses; it was the evening, sort of dark. In every house, there were blue fl...

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12K reads, 13 comments

Not Resisting Resistance

Peter Russell

The building where I used to run a meditation group was on the same street as a fire station; one could almost guarantee that sometime during the meditation a fire engine would come rushing past, sire...

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46K reads, 20 comments

What the Vision Does

Peter Senge

If your deeper intention is an inseparable part of how you are, it is not capable of attachment.  You can seek to accomplish your intention.  You live out your intention.  It is like t...

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19K 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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20K reads, 6 comments

Appreciating the Symphony of Experience

Peter Senge

In the movie 'The Truman Show', actor Jim Carey plays a man whose entire life is a television show, broadcast to millions, unknown to Truman himself. From his point of view, he is just living his lif...

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4K reads, 2 comments

Nowness Connects Everything

Phil Jackson

[Meditation] is what I do to start every day. It's a discipline and a setting of priorities. I'm not going to allow my mind to create situations, expectations and attitudes that may or may not be tru...

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3K reads

Zen Alarm Clock

Philip Toshio Sudo

Much as you want to roll over and go back to sleep, we have to start the day sometime. Whatever serves to stir us from our slumber -- the alarm clock, the light from outside, the dogs cold nose -- r...

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4K reads

Letter to A Friend in A Hurry

Pierre Pradervand

You are at a crossroads, sensing there are less worldly paths you can follow, paths that feed on profound inner peace, a more encompassing joy, ever-renewed freshness of vision and inspiration, a more...

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14K reads, 7 comments

The Gentle Art of Blessing

Pierre Pradervand

On awakening, bless this day, for it is already full of unseen good which your blessings will call forth, for to bless is to acknowledge the unlimited good that is embedded in the very texture of the ...

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20K reads, 20 comments

An Inborn Sense of Meaningfulness

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

As ordinary consciousness is gradually freed from the perspectives of everyday existence – thoughts, ideas, circumstances, emotions, physical events – the transcendent dimension begins to ...

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13K reads, 4 comments

Greatest Of All Religions

Pir-o-Murshid Inayat Khan

Hazrat Inayat Khan said, "A study of life is the greatest of all religions, and there is no greater or more interesting study." There are two ways in which we may attain control over our ...

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10K reads, 9 comments

Autobiography in Five Chapters

Portia Nelson

1) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost ... I am hopeless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out. 2) I walk down the same street. There...

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4K reads

Something Worked

Prem Rawat

The next time you see a tree, observe and take note of this, if you can. That tree represents so much that was right. So much that is right. Somewhere, a seed fell to the ground, and that seed was r...

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3K reads

Waiting To Be Found

Prem Rawat

Before a war begins outside, it starts inside. The war on the inside is more dangerous because it is a fire that may never be put out. Wars are being fought because peace is not being found within, ...

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4K reads