Blog: Notes on Healing and Awakening

Is this Universe a Friendly Place?

Is this Universe a Friendly Place?

Albert Einstein was said to have proclaimed that the most important question any of us can ever ask ourselves is: “Is this universe a friendly place?” It’s a powerful inquiry....

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Blog: Praying from Presence – Part 2

Blog: Praying from Presence – Part 2

This is Part II of a two-part series. To read Part 1 - click here When we are suffering and turn to prayer, no matter what the apparent reasons for our pain, the basic cause is...

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Blog: Praying from Presence – Part I

Blog: Praying from Presence – Part I

In moments of desperation, no matter what we believe, we all tend to reach out in prayer to something or someone for help.  We might call out for relief from a migraine, beg to...

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Blog: The Space Between the Logs

Blog: The Space Between the Logs

This is from a poem that I love. It’s called, “Fire” by Judy Brown. What makes a fire burn is the space between the logs, a breathing space. Too much of a good thing, too many...

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Blog: Living Whole-Heartedly

Blog: Living Whole-Heartedly

The happiest people I know have something in common: they are whole-hearted in how they engage in their lives...whole-hearted in relating with others, in work, in meditation, and...

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Compassion

Compassion

This is one of my favorite little stories: One afternoon, a tired-looking dog wandered into my yard and followed me through the door into the house. He went down the hall, laid...

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Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable

Absolute Cooperation with the Inevitable

The modern-day mystic and Jesuit priest Anthony de Mello once said: “Enlightenment is absolute cooperation with the inevitable.” This statement struck a deep chord within me. It...

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Blog: Pause and Deepen Your Attention

Blog: Pause and Deepen Your Attention

This is an excerpt from an article in the New York Times Magazine a few years ago: William C. Moyers, a recovery advocate (and the son of the journalist Bill Moyers) who for 12...

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Blog: Learning to Respond, Not React

Blog: Learning to Respond, Not React

If we are to wake up out of our patterning, a key element of that is to be able to pause, recognize and open to a larger space than the cocoon that our mind is creating in...

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Blog: Flow and Presence

Blog: Flow and Presence

What gets between us and happiness? This is an important inquiry in our lives. When you’re really happy ask yourself, what’s going on? What’s going on inside you when you’re...

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Blog: Riding the Waves

Blog: Riding the Waves

We can't stop the waves, but we can learn to surf. We can't CONTROL what life throws at us; the fact that other people don't like our ideas all the time; or that we get sick or...

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Blog: Creating an Unreal Other

Blog: Creating an Unreal Other

It is easy to be untouched by stories we read in the newspaper, on the Internet or watch on the news about people suffering from unemployment, loss of loved ones, war or natural...

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Blog: Coming Home

Blog: Coming Home

The Buddha considered investigation to be a crucial capacity on the spiritual path. What is this? There’s something inside us that wants to know, truly, what’s the nature of...

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Blog: Stress & Meditation

Blog: Stress & Meditation

This is the story of the magician Harry Houdini who traveled through Europe to small towns challenging local jailers to bind him in a straight jacket and lock him in a cell to...

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Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness

Trusting the Gold by Tara Brach

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