Reading Archives (2024)

Longer Ladders Don't Get You To The Moon

Michael Gordon

Sundials came into being over 3,000 years ago, telling time-based on shadows cast by the sun. But they were thrown off by variations in the length of days and by differences in latitude. Geometry was ...

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4K reads, 10 comments

The Inward Sea

Howard Thurman

There is in every person an inward sea And in that sea, there is an island And on that island is an altar And standing guard before that altar is the angel with the flaming sword. Nothi...

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8K reads, 14 comments

The Dilemma That Faces Us All

Kent Nerburn

This is the dilemma that faces us all when we decide to walk the difficult path of forgiveness. Are we complicit in wrongdoing if we do not challenge those who wrong us? Or are we contributing to the ...

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8K reads, 9 comments

Grace In The Classroom

Francis Su

I want to demonstrate to my students that their worthiness does NOT depend on the grades they earn in my class.  Of course, I want to give my C students the same attention that my A students get....

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10K reads, 8 comments

Organizing With Love

adrienne maree brown

My favorite life forms right now are dandelions and mushrooms—the resilience in these structures, which we think of as weeds and fungi, the incomprehensible scale, the clarity of identity, excit...

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15K reads, 12 comments

As Way Opens

Carrie Newcomer

Lately I’ve been thinking about the traditional Quaker phrase, “Proceed as way opens.” Proceed as way opens or As way opens, is an encouragement to live with a kind of i...

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14K reads, 17 comments

Without Ourselves

Afton Wilder

A clear glass orb floats above the cliff just off the edge representing our conscience, souls, and selves what if it shatters? becoming a puzzle of icy glass and then nothing at all? what i...

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8K reads, 20 comments

Three Supports For Turning Towards Mystery

Martin Aylward

There are three primary supports for nonconceptual awareness. These three supports are obvious in many ways, and yet, their simplicity belies their extraordinary depth. Over the last thirty years of m...

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8K reads, 10 comments

Conscious Complaining

Karla McLaren

Not to start on a down note, but repressing your emotions can destabilize your psyche and do a number on your overall health. When emotions fester and stagnate, your body reacts to that lack of flow w...

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10K reads, 16 comments

Equanimity Of Doctor, Hunter, Warrior

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

There are three types of equanimity. First is the equanimity that realizes how even though you may have goodwill for all beings and compassion and empathetic joy, it’s not the case that every...

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7K reads, 10 comments

When My Father Faced An Emergency

Nora Bateson

Someone asked me once if I had ever seen my father in an emergency situation, and if I might describe how he dealt with it. At the time I replied that I had never witnessed him in any danger, or in an...

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6K reads, 10 comments

The Difference Between Knowledge And Understanding

Aldous Huxley

Knowledge is acquired when we succeed in fitting a new experience into the system of concepts based upon our old experiences. Understanding comes when we liberate ourselves from the old and so make po...

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8K reads, 7 comments

Starlings In Winter

Mary Oliver

Chunky and noisy, but with stars in their black feathers, they spring from the telephone wire and instantly they are acrobats in the freezing wind. And now, in the theater of air, they swing ...

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10K reads, 15 comments

Effort Does Not Change The Person

Anthony De Mello

Effort may change the behavior but it does not change the person. Just think what kind of a mentality it betrays when you ask, 'What must I do to get holiness?' Isn't it like asking, How m...

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16K reads, 19 comments

An Awe Walk

Dacher Keltner

What gives you a sense of awe? That word, awe—the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world—is often associated with the ...

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12K reads, 16 comments

May Your Cup Always Overflow

John Paul Moore

I've never made a fortune, And I'll never make one now But it really doesn't matter 'Cause I'm happy anyhow. As I go along my journey I'm reaping better than I've so...

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10K reads, 15 comments