Consciousness

Thoughts: Positive or Negative

I heard in a sermon recently that negative thoughts take up twice as much room in the brain as positive ones. That means a healthy brain has to work twice as hard to push...

The 10 Aspirations – by Alison McBain

I. I am one truth of many. Thou shalt respect all gods and religions, not just one. II. Thou shalt not eschew those who make a carved image of faith, for I am a loving...

Wuji and a Scene from “Homeland”

In the cosmology of Taijiquan, before there is yin and yang, there is wuji: the infinite field of energy, the Universe, the state of energetic potential prior to any differentiation. Within this idea is another:...

Zen Moment: Tea House Turnabout

Last week I stopped at a Denver tea house to write.  Expecting to stay a while, I ordered the tea service which, the menu said, included a full pot and a treat.  That turned...

thoughts on radical passover

when st. francis exclaimed that he desired to become god's instrument for the bestowing of blessings on all beings, or when the bodhisattva vows not to rest until all beings are saved before she...

The Fleshy Mind, Spirit, and Muse: How the Academy is Catching Up with Us

Three Clients Awakening Let me tell you about three clients' awakenings. Their stories reflect what scholars in various academic fields are at last catching onto: We think with the body. We create with the body....

Ocean View: November 18, 2009

Ocean View November 18, 2009 By Jude Rittenhouse In my last entry, I waded into oceanic waters, touching the currents of several subjects: relationships, presence, the unknown. This time, I had planned to swim a bit further...

Crossing Water

I never much liked tunnels. Or driving under overpasses. Dad would make a game of it, bellowing good-naturedly in one long exhale: “Gangway: Tunnel…” Often he would draw out the word until we emerged into...

The Hanged Woman

We must never relinquish the vision of a humane society and a humane world. Kjell Magne Bondevik When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness. Nicole Kidman Hanged Woman by Heather Blakey A...

Listen

Do you know the difference between silencing the mind and becoming the silence? After midnight, trying not to hear the rain, how lonely! Better to listen. Listen to listening. Who is there to be alone when...