Compassion

Obselete Spiritual Legacies and Dogmas

Gurucharanam Saranam If the present age is witnessing unprecedented clashes and turmoil arising out of socio-economic disparities, religious fundamentalism, plunders of nature and natural resources, it is because man has failed to comprehend the original...

Understanding Forgiveness

Understanding Forgiveness If I don’t understand myself, I can’t understand you. If I can’t understand you, I don’t understand myself. If I can’t see in myself the thing about you that bothers me, I’m not really seeing the thing in you that...

Thoughts on Tucson: the Crisis of Civility

 The White Dove: Civility in Public and Private Life  Not long ago I was a guest at one of President George W. Bush’s  State of the Union addresses. After the speech, at a private home...

Are Wars Inevitable?

"We've always had wars. Humans are a warring species. Without an army to defend us, someone will always try to conquer us." These assumptions have become axioms of our culture. They generate despair but also...

the path and the way

The path and the way The ways the deer take are so clear and quiet feeling. That’s the way I go. I aimed for the river, Found the way, Hearing the water. Now to back track and make a path...
Stephanie Cowell

Searching for Upgraded and Improved Versions of Me

I was under three years old when I had my first sinking feeling that I did not quite measure up to what I was supposed to be. There was a sadness in my tummy as I lowered my eyes. My world was full of tall, magnificent people who knew a great many things. How would I ever become like that?

Once Upon a Swim…

I was in the middle of a long training swim one afternoon, preparing for a triathlon, feeling pressured to complete the session, already thinking ahead to the impossible list of things I had to...

Random words when touched by death

We swim in the waters of the divine. Too often we fear to breathe while under these waters of light and love. We fear the chaos of the waters already calmed; we don't trust...

A Generous Heart

We will soon arrive at Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei in the weekly cycle of the public reading of the Torah. In this section of Exodus, Moses instructs the people of Israel with “a generous heart” to...

The Shower Prayer (full poem, by Cristina M. R. Norcross)

The Shower Prayer   The hot rain of the shower comes down. Walls blurred from early morning vision – I leave the high hot setting and simply stand in the moment of daybreak.   Calendar unmarked, computer untouched – this day is thankfully unspoken for. For...