Reading Archives (2012)

Social Intelligence

Daniel Goleman

One day, late for a meeting in midtown Manhattan, I was looking for a shortcut. So I walked into an indoor atrium on the ground floor of a skyscraper, planning to use an exit door I had spotted on the...

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139K reads, 23 comments

The Essence of Spirituality

Vimala Thakar

To be spiritual is to be related to the visible, invisible and the infinite aspects of life simultaneously. True spirituality never provides any escapes for fear-obsessed people. We may find other esc...

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17K reads, 8 comments

Always Had It, Always Will

Alan Cohen

Not this crude leather; luminous beings are we! - Yoda What would you do if someone swore that you knew the secret of life and put you on a stage to tell it? The Totally Hidden Video television sh...

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17K reads, 19 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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42K reads, 17 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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50K reads, 16 comments

The Challenge of Gift-Giving

Nitin Paranjape

I am afflicted with a trait which I suppose is common, yet I feel peculiar. Even though I like receiving gifts, I find myself feeling awkward giving them. I suppose at the core is an assumption that t...

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35K reads, 15 comments

The Call

Oriah Mountain Dreamer

I have heard it all my life, A voice calling a name I recognized as my own. Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper. Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency. But always it says: Wak...

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31K reads, 22 comments

Frying the Seeds of Anger

Swami Vivekananda

When I am angry, my whole mind becomes a huge wave of anger. I feel it, see it, handle it, can easily manipulate it, can fight with it; but I shall not succeed perfectly in the fight until I can get d...

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23K reads, 21 comments

Planetary Birth

Barbara Marx Hubbard

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

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14K reads, 10 comments

A Servant Leader

Vinoba Bhave

To progress, society doesn't need 'leaders' anymore.  This doesn't mean that we won't have great men amidst us.  I think great men will come and they will be vital for progress of humanity...

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35K reads, 22 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

Gaining Mental Power

Swami Sivananda

Uncontrolled thoughts are the roots of all evils. Each thought by itself is extremely weak, because the mind is generally distracted by countless and ever-varying thoughts.  The more the thought...

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36K reads, 13 comments

The Way of the Farmer

Masanobu Fukuoka

Extravagance of desire is the fundamental cause which has led the world into its present predicament. Fast rather than slow, more rather than less -- this flashy "development" is linked d...

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26K reads, 11 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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195K reads, 13 comments

The Spirit of Karma Yoga

Baba Hari Dass

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

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18K reads, 8 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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22K reads, 13 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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25K reads, 11 comments

What Astrology Teaches Us

Isabel Hickey

Astrology is not meant to be a primarily predictive science.  It is meant to be for understanding ourselves and also for understanding other people.  I've had a number of interviews recently...

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27K reads, 19 comments

One February Morning in Vietnam

Eugene Hilderbrandt

It was another morning in Chu Lai, Vietnam -- a large and ugly army base where I was.  One February morning, as I avoided the mud puddles in my morning duty, I found myself standing on top of a d...

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9K reads, 12 comments

Meaning of Yin and Yang

Masahiro Oko

Everything has a right to live.  Everything wants to exist and we have to respect that.  The weaker side in any relationship naturally demands things, because of the need for mutual balance....

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20K reads, 13 comments