Reading Archives (2013)

What to Remember When Waking

David Whyte

In that first hardly noticed moment in which you wake, coming back to this life from the other more secret, moveable and frighteningly honest world where everything began, there is a small opening...

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308K reads, 33 comments

Honoring the Gill Inside You

Mark Nepo

A simple fish nosing its way along the bottom is in itself a profound teacher, and like the deepest teachers, it doesn't even know it is teaching. Yet in its tiny, efficient gill lives the mystery...

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20K reads, 9 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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32K reads, 8 comments

Pablo Neruda's Greatest Lesson from Childhood

Lewis Hyde

Playing in the lot behind the house one day when he was still a little boy, Neruda discovered a hole in a fence board. "I looked through the hole and saw a landscape like that behind our house, u...

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141K reads, 21 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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25K reads, 15 comments

Art And The Practice Of Being Yourself

Stanley Kunitz

There isn’t only one kind of artist in the world, one way of becoming an artist. There is, above all, a need to articulate your own source of being so you will recognize the source and know who ...

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28K reads, 35 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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34K reads, 17 comments

Why Do We Shout In Anger?


A saint who was once visiting a river to take a bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples, smiled and asked. 'Why do people ...

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145K reads, 77 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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24K reads, 16 comments

Do we Use Thought, or Does Thought Use us?


Have you ever looked meditatively into the cause-and-effect of thought, into the birth and death of thought, the cycle that creates fear and conflict with resultant sorrow? Every expression of thou...

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42K reads, 21 comments

A Guide To Life's Turning Points

Brian Browne-Walker

Progress is made in steps, not in leaps. Move only as far as the opening allows. Remain neutral and tolerant of adversity. When in doubt, remain still. By accepting things as they are and not makin...

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46K reads, 19 comments

To Have Without Holding

Marge Piercy

Learning to love differently is hard, love with the hands wide open, love with the doors banging on their hinges, the cupboard unlocked, the wind roaring and whimpering in the rooms rustling the ...

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218K reads, 63 comments

Liberation is Not a Spectator Sport


The Way of Liberation is a stripped-down, practical guide to spiritual liberation, sometimes called awakening, enlightenment, self-realization, or simply seeing what is absolutely True. It is impossib...

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23K reads, 7 comments

The Committee of the Mind

Thanissaro Bhikku

There are many different ideas of “you” in your mind, each with its own agenda. Each of these “you's” is a member of the committee of the mind. This is why the mind is less...

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105K reads, 10 comments

To Separate and Unify

Mark Nepo

The destruction or healing of the world hinges on which way this thought unfolds. Whether we pull things apart or put things together makes all the difference. Indeed, human history has unfolded with ...

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42K reads, 16 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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43K reads, 86 comments

Dropping That Drug

Anthony de Mello

If we really dropped illusions for what others can give us or deprive us of, we would become alert. The consequence of not doing this is terrifying and inescapable -- we lose our capacity to love. If ...

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71K reads, 29 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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31K reads, 17 comments

Kindness: The First Gift

John O'Donohue

There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness i...

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47K reads, 20 comments

True Meditation Has No Direction


True meditation has no direction or goal. It is pure wordless surrender, pure silent prayer. All methods aiming at achieving a certain state of mind are limited, impermanent, and conditioned. Fascinat...

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73K reads, 36 comments