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Radical Amazement

Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

The surest way to suppress our ability to understand the meaning of God and the importance of worship is to take things for granted. Indifference to the sublime wonder of living is the root of sin. Wo...

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32K reads, 12 comments

Comparisons

Rabbi Pliskin

A person can potentially use comparisons to mess up his life. For example, a person can go to the most elegant restaurant which employs the greatest chef. He can order the most expensive food. Then ...

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3K reads

The Message

Rabindranath Tagore

I see a light, but no fire. Is this what my life is to be like? Better to head for the grave. A messenger comes, the grief-courier, and the message is that the woman you love is in her hous...

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8K reads

Centuries of Culture

Rabindranath Tagore

Once there was an occasion for me to motor down to Calcutta from a place a hundred miles away. Something wrong with the mechanism made it necessary for us to have a repeated supply of water almost eve...

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3K reads

What is Goodness?

Rabindranath Tagore

The question will be asked, "What is goodness?  What does our moral nature mean?"  My answer is that when a man begins to have an extended vision of his self, when he realizes that...

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18K reads, 6 comments

An Undying Faith of the Infinite in Us

Rabindranath Tagore

When we watch a child trying to walk, we see its countless failures; its successes are but few.  If we had to limit our observation within a narrow space of time, the sight would be cruel.  ...

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14K reads, 6 comments

Freedom Manifests in Action

Rabindranath Tagore

The more man acts and makes actual what was latent in him, the nearer does he bring the distant Yet-to-be. In that actualisation, man is ever making himself more and yet more distinct, and s...

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27K reads, 7 comments

Beauty Harmonizes Law and Liberty

Rabindranath Tagore

A great poem, when analyzed, is a set of detached sounds. The reader who finds out the meaning, which is the inner medium that connects these outer sounds, discovers a perfect law all through, which i...

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28K reads, 8 comments

Opening Thy Palm

Rabindranath Tagore

I had gone a-begging from door to door in the village path when thy golden chariot appeared in the distance like a gorgeous dream and I wondered who was this King of all kings! My hopes rose high a...

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13K reads, 12 comments

Search Inside or Outside?

Rabiya

A famous Sufi mystic, Rabiya, was searching for something on the street outsider her small hut. The sun was setting and darkness was descending, as few people gathered around her. "What have...

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29K reads, 21 comments

Power of Blessing

Rachel Naomi Remen

We bless the life around us far more than we realize. Many simple, ordinary things that we do can affect those around us in profound ways: the unexpected phone call, the brief touch, the willingness t...

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12K reads, 11 comments

Impermanence is Not Fragility

Rachel Naomi Remen

Perhaps survival was not only a question of the skillful use of state-of-the-art technology, perhaps there was something innate, some strength in those tiny pink infants, that enabled both them and me...

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10K reads, 3 comments

Serving Is Different From Helping And Fixing

Rachel Naomi Remen

In recent years the question how can I help? has become meaningful to many people. But perhaps there is a deeper question we might consider. Perhaps the real question is not how can I help? but how ca...

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224K reads, 48 comments

Only Service Heals

Rachel Naomi Remen

If helping is an experience of strength, fixing is an experience of mastery and expertise. Service, on the other hand, is an experience of mystery, surrender and awe. A fixer has the illusion of being...

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24K reads, 29 comments

The Difference Between Education and Training

Rachel Naomi Remen

For me, the process of education is intimately related to the process of healing. The root word of education -- educare -- means to lead forth a hidden wholeness in another person. A genuine education...

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16K reads, 18 comments

The Gift of New Eyes

Rachel Naomi Remen

Many years ago, I had just given a talk on the messages, both positive and negative, that we convey to our patients without our awareness; sometimes with words but often with just our tone of voice, o...

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23K reads, 5 comments

An Unusual Gift From My Grandfather

Rachel Naomi Remen

Often, when he came to visit, my grandfather would bring me a present. These were never the sorts of things that other people brought, dolls and books and stuffed animals. My dolls and stuffed animals...

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33K reads, 22 comments

Stepping Over The Bag Of Gold

Rachel Naomi Remen

My patient, a physician who has cancer, comes to his session enormously pleased with himself. Knowing my love of stories, he says that he has found a perfect story and tells me the following parable: ...

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11K reads, 22 comments

Life May Itself Be A Koan

Rachel Naomi Remen

Consider the Zen practice of the koan, the question or problem proposed by Zen masters to each other or by masters to students. The koan is a dilemma, a mystery which the rational mind cannot solve. T...

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19K reads, 26 comments

Helping, Fixing, Serving

Rachel Remen

Service is not the same as helping. Helping is based on inequality, it's not a relationship between equals. When you help, you use your own strength to help someone with less strength. It's a one up,...

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91K reads, 19 comments

Cultivation of that Dormant Love

Radhanath Swami

Mother Nature is always speaking. She speaks in a language understood within the peaceful mind of the sincere observer. Leopards, cobras, monkeys, rivers and trees; they all served as my teachers when...

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12K reads, 5 comments

Trust in the Difficult

Rainer Maria Rilke

It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. Because we are alone with the unfamiliar prese...

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9K reads

Live the Questions Now

Rainer Maria Rilke

In the great silence of these distances, I am touched by your beautiful anxiety about life, even more than I was in Paris, where everything echoes and fades away differently because of the excessive n...

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158K reads, 23 comments

We Move in Infinite Space

Rainer Maria Rilke

It seems to me that almost all our sadnesses are moments of tension, which we feel as paralysis because we no longer hear our astonished emotions living. Because we are alone with the unfamiliar prese...

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32K reads, 14 comments

Meaning of Success

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To earn the respect of intelligent people and to win the affection of children; To appreciate the beauty in nature and all that surrounds us; To seek out and nuture the best in others; To give the ...

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17K reads

The Witness

Ram Dass

George Gurdjieff, a Russian philosopher-mystic noted that if you set an alarm clock at night in order to get up early to get some work done, who you are in the morning when the alarm goes off is quit...

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7K reads, 3 comments

Compassion in Action

Ram Dass

When we look at the vast sadness and suffering in the world, we often experience intense pain in our hearts. The suffering so often seems cruel, unnecessary, and unjustified ~ reflecting a heartless ...

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11K reads, 5 comments

When Skills Meet Demand

Ram Dass

For surfers it is the moment when they come into equilibrium with the incredible force of the wave. For skiers it is when the balance is perfect. When our skills fit the demand perfectly, then there ...

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3K reads

The Emerging Game

Ram Dass

As chaos increases - and there's a lot of inertia in the system that seems to suggest that is the direction we're going in - it behooves us to prepare ourselves to ride the changes. If, in the face of...

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5K reads

Compassion in Action

Ram Dass

I'm explicitly making my life a teaching, by expressing the lessons that I've learned through it so it can become a map for other people. Everybody's life could be like that, if they choose to make it...

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3K reads

The Opportunity Aging Offers

Ram Dass

One of the best parts of aging is entering the "don't know," learning to be someone who can rest comfortably in uncertainty. There are as many ways of embodying wisdom as there are people on this eart...

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6K reads, 8 comments

Untested Simplicity of the Villages

Ram Dass

Is the vision of simple living provided by this village in the East the answer?  Is this an example of a primitive simplicity of the past or of an enlightened simplicity of the future? Gradual...

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11K reads, 9 comments

Be Love Now

Ram Dass

Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have ever known. You’re being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, yo...

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66K reads, 15 comments

Suffering Leads to Grace

Ram Dass

For most people, when you say that suffering is Grace it seems off the wall to them. And we’ve got to deal now with our own suffering and other people’s suffering. That is a distinction th...

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19K reads, 32 comments

Beyond Content Of Thought

Ram Dass

Instead of trying so hard to get out of the shadow, the dark, which I think actually reinforces the shadow and its reality, just do your practices. See, if somebody says, “I’m having these...

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21K reads, 12 comments

Unconditional Love Really Exists

Ram Dass

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not "I love you" for this or that reas...

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11K reads, 8 comments

The Game Is To Be Where You Are

Ram Dass

When I was born I donned a spacesuit for living on this plane, it was this body, my spacesuit, and it had a steering mechanism which is my pre-frontal lobe and all the brain that helps with coordinati...

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12K reads, 14 comments

Travel Light

Ram Tzu

You read the Spiritual guidebooks. God on $25 a Day. You are inspired. You can't wait to see All the sights So eloquently described. It all sounds Much more exciting Than what you...

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4K reads

From Theory To Practice

Ramana Maharshi

Q: Sankara says that we are all free, not bound, and that we shall all return to God from whom we came, like sparks from a fire. If that is so, why should we not commit all sorts of sins? A: It ...

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2K reads

Fear of Death

Ramana Maharshi

It was about six weeks before I left Madura for good that the great change in my life took place. It was quite sudden. I was sitting alone in a room on the first floor of my Uncle's house. I se...

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3K reads

Let Life Flow

Ramesh Balsekar

It is a curious fact that we are usually ready enough to be aware of the moment in times of happiness and pleasure, and to 'forget ourselves'. But with the arrival of pain, whether physical or emotio...

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6K reads

The Quantum Matrix

Raphael Kellman

Although doctors might disagree on this or that cure, they all agreed on one thing: the patient's own consciousness was irrelevant. What mattered was the doctor's ability to manipulate drugs and body...

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11K reads

Why Busyness Is Actually Modern Laziness

Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter

Action addiction is an advanced sort of laziness. It keeps us busily occupied with tasks. The busier we keep ourselves, the more we avoid being confronted with questions of life and death. As we keep ...

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14K reads, 11 comments

Each Thing's Way

Ray Grigg

Trouble is caused by people who think they are smart enough to improve things. First they try. When there is resistance, they push. Then they push harder until their intentions are lost in strugg...

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22K reads, 6 comments

Everyday Heroes

Reader Digest

Nancy Rivard lost her 54-year-old father suddenly to bladder cancer on Christmas Eve 1983. "I wondered what life was about that it could be taken from us like that," she recalls. "I began to evalua...

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3K reads

The Endless Fertility of Walking

Rebecca Solnit

Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world are aligned, as though they were three characters finally in conversation together, three notes suddenly making a chord. Walking...

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17K reads, 7 comments

If Sameness Is A Demand We Make

Rev. Carol Carnes

When I lived in Hawaii, if the temperature dropped to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, we felt we had been hit with serious winter.  In California, 41 degrees was enough to cause complaints. Here in Canada...

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11K reads, 6 comments

Fighting Inside-Wars Outside

Rev. Heng Sure

I turn everything into a contest and a game; everyone becomes an opponent and rival. Driving the freeway, getting the best deal, always racing and beating the clock, making a hit and a score -- bigg...

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3K reads

Let Us Be One

Rev. Jeffrey Symynkywicz

May all humanity be one, and we be one with them. And may we feel our kinship now with all living things, as well: with the creatures of the land and sea and sky, and feel our common bond with our Mot...

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3K reads

Two Kinds Of Resistance

Rhonda Fabian

The light begins its slow return to places in the North, and today a new year begins. Some people are saying it is already “too late” – climate chaos, species loss, war, disparity...

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11K reads, 5 comments

Your Job -- A Manifestation of Your Spirit

Ric Giardina

[At your job], just as with prayer, any attempt to change the outer circumstances without making a change within the consciousness is pointless. In fact, to do so might be compared to believing it po...

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12K reads, 11 comments

Tired of Clinging

Richard Bach

Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all - young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current go...

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36K reads, 9 comments

Letting Go Of The Glory

Richard Carlson

There is something magical that happens to the human spirit, a sense of calm that comes over you, when you cease needing all the attention directed towards yourself and instead allow others to have th...

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6K reads, 9 comments

New Atoms Doing the Same Dance

Richard Feynman

I stand at the seashore, alone, and start to think. There are the rushing waves ... mountains of molecules, each stupidly minding its own business ... trillions apart ... yet forming white surf...

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21K reads, 16 comments

Doorways To Creativity

Richard Moss

Question: You have said that feelings such as fear, anxiety, and depression are beginnings, not ends, and in fact, that these feelings are doorways into a universe of creativity and discovery, no...

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3K reads

Honoring Complexity, Being Rooted in Simplicity

Richard Powell

The complexity of life can mask its poignancy. The web of daily tasks and events can seem so manifold, so knotty and tangled, that the deeper richness contained within them gets overshadowed, lost in ...

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17K reads, 11 comments

Secret Kinship With The Other

Richard Powers

Perhaps genes aren’t the only thing that we’ve been shaped to try and save. Maybe altruism evolves to recognize affinity, joint purpose, shared values. Maybe nothing elicits a sense of rel...

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6K reads, 8 comments

You Cannot Capture Silence, It Captures You

Richard Rohr

For me, the two correctives of all spirituality are silence and service. If either of those is missing, it is not true, healthy spirituality. Without silence, we do not really experience our experienc...

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16K reads, 13 comments

From Being Driven To Being Drawn

Richard Rohr

When I was a young man, I liked ideas and books quite a lot, and I still read a great deal. But each time I come back from a long hermitage retreat, I have no desire to read a book for the next few we...

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22K reads, 10 comments

Opposite Of Meditation Is Not Action, It's Reaction

Richard Rohr

It seems like our society is at a low point in terms of how we talk about challenging, controversial topics within our political discourse and even our spiritual reflections. I believe the only way th...

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12K reads, 14 comments

A Fixed Place To Stand

Richard Rohr

Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BCE), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could move proportionally much greate...

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8K reads, 11 comments

Search Itself Changes You

Richard Rose

"This whole planet is fiction," he said. "A picture show. Sometimes it can be a rather engrossing picture show, but that doesn't make it real. Our heads are programmed to get puffed up with all kinds...

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3K reads

Asleep To Our Own Nature

Richard Shiffman

Right now we humans are asleep to our own nature, the sages tell us. Each of us is ensconced in the dream (or perhaps the nightmare) that we have woven around ourselves. We might seem to be awake, bu...

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3K reads

Come Home to Love

Rick Hanson

Take a breath right now, and notice how abundant the air is, full of life-giving oxygen offered freely by trees and other green growing things. You can't see air, but it's always available for...

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35K reads, 18 comments

Unconditioned Stillness

Rick Hanson

Stillness, a sense of the unchanging, is all around.  For example, it’s not the ultimate stillness, but there is that lovely feeling when the house is quiet and you’re sitting in p...

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10K reads, 8 comments

Living from the Heart

Rick Jarow

When we are envious of somebody, it is because they are mirroring a place in us that does not feel abundant. After all, if you feel abundant, if you are overflowing, the symptom of abundance is that a...

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193K reads, 13 comments

The Grandest Vision For Humanity

Riva Melissa Taz

The universe is complex and beautiful. When we listen to stories of humanity, life and death, we can’t fathom the complexity of the narratives of all those who have lived before us, of all th...

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24K reads, 10 comments

The False Dichotomy Between Being And Doing

Rob Burbea

One believes that "being" and "doing" are different. Often, "just being" is regarded as preferable or somehow more authentic. With maturing of insight, however, one reali...

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9K reads, 6 comments

This I Believe

Robert A. Heinlein

I am not going to talk about religious beliefs but about matters so obvious that it has gone out of style to mention them. I believe in my neighbors. I know their faults, and I know that their virtues...

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21K reads, 8 comments

A Relentless Search For Greater Understanding

Robert E. Rubin

There are no provable certainties. That is the view of modern science and much of modern philosophy. And, this view that there are no absolute or certain answers quickly leads to recognizing that ...

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13K reads, 7 comments

Ninety Six Words for Love

Robert Johnson

The first difficulty we meet in discussing anything concerning our feelings is that we have no adequate vocabulary to use. Where there is no terminology, there is no consciousness. A poverty-stricken ...

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29K reads, 42 comments

Futility of Discrimination

Robert Pirsig

"All the time we are aware of millions of things around us--these changing shapes, these burning hills, the sound of the engine, the feel of the throttle, each rock and weed and fence post and piec...

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4K reads

The Art of the Skilled Mechanic

Robert Pirsig

Not moving, not really thinking about anything, not really caring about anything either, seems to draw out the inner tensions and frustrations that have prevented you from solving problems you couldn'...

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3K reads

The Japanese Word, Mu

Robert Pirsig

Yes and no…this or that…one or zero. In the basis of this elementary two-term discrimination, all human knowledge is built up. The demonstration of this is the computer memory that store...

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146K reads, 9 comments

Selfless Climbing versus Ego Climbing

Robert Pirsig

Phaedrus wrote a letter from India about a pilgrimage to holy Mount Kailas, the source of the Ganges and the abode of Shiva, high in the Himalayas, in the company of a holy man and his adherents. H...

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33K reads, 15 comments

Bringing the Vacation Spirit into Daily Life

Robert S. Hartman

Our definition of value was that a thing was good if it fulfills its definition. The definition of a human being is in himself. Hence, a human being is good when he fulfills his own definition of hi...

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9K reads, 7 comments

Ambiguity Of Violence

Robert Sapolsky

It is the ambiguity of violence, that we can pull a trigger as an act of hideous aggression or of self-sacrificing love, that is so challenging. As a result, violence will always be a part of the huma...

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6K reads, 18 comments

Returning the Gift

Robin Wall Kimmerer

In the teachings of my Potawatomi ancestors, responsibilities and gifts are understood as two sides of the same coin. The possession of a gift is coupled with a duty to use it for the benefit of all. ...

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18K reads, 4 comments

Planting Twin Trees

Robin Wall Kimmerer

There was a custom in the mid-eighteen hundreds of planting twin trees to celebrate a marriage and the starting of a home. The stance of these two, just ten feet apart, recalls a couple standing toget...

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13K reads, 7 comments

Uniform Corn-Rows In High-Tech Isolation

Robin Wall Kimmerer

I live in the lush green farm country of upstate New York, in a town that likely has more cows than people. Most everyone I know grows something: apples, hops, grapes, potatoes, berries, and lots of c...

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9K reads, 7 comments

To Find Something, Don't Look For It

Robin Wall Kimmerer

Between takeoff and landing, we are each in suspended animation, a pause between chapters of our lives. When we stare out the window into the sun’s glare, the landscape is only a flat projection...

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10K reads, 21 comments

Attachments Are Not Set in Stone

Robina Courtin

Attachment is such a simple word, but it’s multi-faceted. At the most fundamental level it’s that feeling of neediness deep inside us; that belief that somehow I am not enough, I don&rsquo...

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11K reads, 6 comments

Indulge an Attachment

Roger Walsh

One of my meditation teachers was a man who had devoted many years to spiritual practice.  He had studied many spiritual texts, lived in monasteries under austere conditions, and done long medita...

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23K reads, 15 comments

Seven People Cutting Stones

Roger Walsh

For several weeks strange sounds had drifted over the mountains from the neighboring valley. There was much talk in the village about what these noises could be, but no one could make sense of them. E...

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15K reads, 8 comments

Beauty of the Mosaic

Rosalina Chai

For as long as I recall having memory, I've found mosaic incredibly mesmerising. Alongside the increasing presence of grey hair on my head grew my awareness of how aptly the mosaic can serve as a ...

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27K reads, 6 comments

Conscious Completion

Rosie Bell

Youth is peppered with conspicuous firsts. And unless we’re really trying, life's lasts can tend to sneak past, unnoticed. Your last cigarette may have warranted some ceremony. But what abou...

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10K reads, 11 comments

Past and Future: Two Streams of the Soul

Rudolf Steiner

Thus there are two streams, one from the past and one from the future, which come together in the soul -- will anyone who observes himself deny that? -- and produce a kind of whirlpool, comparable to ...

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27K reads, 13 comments

Mercy

Rudy Francisco

She asks me to kill the spider. Instead, I get the most peaceful weapons I can find. I take a cup and a napkin. I catch the spider, put it outside and allow it to walk away. If I am ever cau...

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5K reads, 12 comments

If ...

Rudyard Kipling

IF ... If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can w...

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3K reads

Let Them Sleep

Rumi

Those who don't feel this Love pulling them like a river, those who don't drink dawn like a cup of spring water or take in sunset like supper, those who don't want to change, let them sleep. This...

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17K reads

Guest House

Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes with an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even...

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4K reads

One Sip of An Answer

Rumi

All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and What am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up ther...

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7K reads

The Tavern

Rumi

All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? I have no idea. My soul is from elsewhere, I\'m sure of that, And I intend to end up there....

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20K reads, 2 comments

Guest House

Rumi

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes As an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Ev...

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10K reads, 7 comments

The Root Of The Root Of Your Self

Rumi

Don’t go away, come near. Don’t be faithless, be faithful. Find the antidote in the venom. Come to the root of the root of yourself. Molded of clay, yet kneaded from the substance o...

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22K reads, 15 comments

Seven Stages Of The Ego

Rumi, as told by Elif Shafak

The first stage is the Depraved Ego (Nafs), the most primitive and common state of being, when the soul is entrapped in worldly pursuits. Most human beings are stuck there, struggling and suffering in...

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39K reads, 13 comments

The Reality of the Illusory World

Rupert Spira

Well over a hundred years ago the painter Paul Cézanne said, “A time is coming when a carrot, freshly observed, will trigger a revolution.” Cézanne meant that if we could see...

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38K reads, 2 comments

Everyday Creativity

Ruth Richards

I’m rather good at maps. I’m also good at using a GPS device. But I forgot the maps and here we were, late afternoon, last day of vacation, my daughter my cousin and I, driving along a two...

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202K reads, 40 comments

Feel Free To Set A Better Example

Ryan Holiday

At the core of legal theory is this idea that there are essentially two forms of liberty—positive and negative. Positive liberty is the freedom to do something, such as the freedom of speech or ...

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11K reads, 8 comments

What Is Wealth?

Ryan Holiday

What is wealth? It’s having plenty, right? The variables in the equation are pretty simple. What you have, what you’ve got coming in, and what’s going out. If those are in proper pro...

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17K reads, 17 comments