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Remembering the Sacred

Every week, we post a short reading from various wisdom traditions that points to the sacred. Each excerpt is also accompanied by an audio recording, an illustration and translations. Subscribe Here.

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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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If It Can Suffer, It's Real

Yuval Noah Harari

Many people believe that truth conveys power. Unfortunately, this is just a comforting myth. In fact, truth and power have a far more complicated relationship, because in human society, power means tw...

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9K reads, 11 comments

There Is Only One Taste

Ken Wilber

There is only One State, within which different states arise. There is only One Taste, through which different tastes flow. But One Taste itself neither comes nor goes; it is beyond motion and stillne...

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9K reads, 9 comments

When I Say I Know You

J. Krishnamurti

When I say I know you, I mean I knew you yesterday. I do not know you actually now. All I know is my image of you. That image is put together by what you have said in praise of me or to insult me, wha...

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7K reads, 6 comments

You Are Not Alone

Tracy Cochran

The dark season is here in the Northern Hemisphere. And maybe it is dark for you inside as well as outside. You may feel lonely or in pain. You may fear the future. It can be a great comfort to rememb...

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7K reads, 14 comments

Kintsugi

Stefano Carnazzi

When a bowl, teapot or precious vase falls and breaks into a thousand pieces, we throw them away angrily and regretfully. Yet there is an alternative, a Japanese practice that highlights and enhances ...

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7K reads, 13 comments

Thoughts Are Just Thoughts

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

What we normally call the mind is the deluded mind, a turbulent vortex of thoughts whipped up by attachment, anger, and ignorance. This mind, unlike enlightened awareness, is always being carried away...

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7K reads, 16 comments

A Map To Here

The Gnostic Writer

Many people tend to see spiritual awakening as a challenge, goal or spiritual destination  -- something to be achieved or accomplished. One advantage of seeing awakening this way is how it creates a...

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6K reads, 14 comments

Love Is Not A Feeling, It's An Ability

bell hooks and Sharon Salzberg

bell hooks: It fascinates me that while we are so obsessed with romance, many of us are turned off by the practice of love. When you tell someone that there’s really a practice—a way th...

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6K reads, 12 comments

Seeking To Understand

Timber Hawkeye

My friend Julie and her husband argue about the “right” way to do laundry: he loads the washing machine with dirty clothes, adds a cup of detergent on top, turns on the machine, and walks ...

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6K reads, 15 comments

You've Been Nirvanized Since The Nonbeginning

Thich Nhat Hanh

Who can say that your mother has passed away? You cannot describe her as being or nonbeing, alive or dead, because these notions belong to the historical dimension. When you touch your mother in the u...

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6K reads, 8 comments

Three Questions For A Better World

Charles Gibbs

My friends have helped me see the deadly consequences of the growing gap between rich and poor.  A wise African religious leader named Jose Chipenda challenged me with a stark perspective on this...

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6K reads, 11 comments

The Simplest Meditation

Melvin McLeod 

How can everything be perfect if it’s so screwed up? That question goes to the heart of the situation we find ourselves in, which Buddhists call samsara. That’s the endless cycle driven...

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6K reads, 15 comments

ABOUT AWAKIN READINGS

Awakin Readings started in 1996 as a way to remind ourselves of universal truths. Soon after, it began to be utilized as a discussion topic in weekly Awakin Circles in living rooms around the globe. Different artists and photographers offer a unique image for every reading; an audio recording is offered each week; and many volunteers collaborate to translate it into various languages. Our repository has over a thousand readings.

What is perhaps noteworthy about this effort is that it is entirely volunteer-run, and non-commercial, and has stayed that way for the last 25 years. For the many dozens of volunteer who contribute every week, this website is a labor of love.

We are grateful to Somik Raha, Liz Helgesen, and Rupali Bhuva for their consistent service for more than a decade. This website wouldn't be possible without the pioneering example Dinesh and Harshida Mehta's Awakin Circle of 25 years, and the larger field of ServiceSpace. Thank you.

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