Transformation

Violence is here, and it is us

More than 20 years ago, when I lived in Budapest, a ringing telephone woke me one morning and I stumbled across the room to answer.  Disoriented and groggy, I lifted the receiver and through...

Declaring Independence: Would You?

For some Americans, July 4th has become a caricature, a complicated and courageous moment distilled to a day of beer, BBQ and fireworks or, less benignly, jingoistic expression.  We celebrate independence, and freedom, but...

Meditating on the Colorado Fires

Wildfire after wildfire has been raging here in Colorado over the last few days.   First I learned of the fire outside Fort Collins,  90 minutes from Denver.   Although far enough away to be out...

Anarchist for Love

Why not be an anarchist for love? Explode as gently as a rose. Can Krishna's sky be scrawled on a wall? Does Mary appear in a fractal of shattered glass? The face of chaos, like the face of...

The days I ran away to a monastery

I suppose we all need to escape our present lives at times; the needs of them press so close around us that we forget how to stride, how to see the world and our...

Creating Spaciousness

I am daydreaming again. Having stumbled upon the description of God’s breath hovering on the waters, my imagination has transformed me into a hummingbird. I am sitting still but my mind is buzzing. Daydreaming is both...

Ram Dass on “Letting Go”

Here's an interesting 2010 interview with Ram Dass on the process of letting go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LxB-4_MGbc   "Your soul witnesses your feelings, your desires, your fearlessness. Stay  in the witness, not identifying with the desires or attitudes or...

Talking with Jesus at Starbucks

I sit down at a table in Starbucks, waiting for a friend.  There’s a fairly scruffy guy probably in his mid-60’s sitting alone with his pack of cigarettes reading a newpaper at the table next...

Church at the Mall on Sunday

We were in the mall last Sunday afternoon and took lunch in the food court. Sounds of children playing on a nearby carousel competed against the din of the crowd socializing there. It was hard...

Jacob Needleman on Consciousness & Our Future

In his upcoming book An Unknown World: Notes on the Meaning of the Earth, Jacob Needleman discusses "an entirely new kind of relationship between consciousness and nature, between consciousness and the earth, between consciousness and...