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addendum: on i-it and the god we repress

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god is the between of an i and a thou, and it is precisely this existential dialogue with all that exists, our "essential deed" as buber called it, that which we repress within us...

Meditating on the Colorado Fires

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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...

Martin Buber Today

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    this date, 47 years ago, martin buber passed away in jerusalem. he was 87 years old. i regard martin buber as the greatest jewish philosopher since baruch spinoza in the xvii century, and not unlike...

The Mnemosyne Weekly: Poem Ten

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NOTE: This content is from my blog, Bareback Alchemy. If links here aren't working, please try there: http://melissastuddard.blogspot.com/2012/05/mnemosyne-weekly-poem-ten.html W. B. Yeats The Lake Isle of Innisfree Photo by Kenneth Allen This week, thanks to the recommendation of Robert...

Anarchist for Love

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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 Inner, Phenomenology and Social Transformation

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when we meditate, or during some prayers, we will sometimes close our eyes. the assumption is that limiting our mental and physical exposure to the stimulation of objects and other contents in our surroundings,...

Worry, Sorrow, and Depression: The “JuBuSto” Perspective

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The Rabbis of the Talmud had plenty to worry about, and many reasons for sorrow. The Talmudic era, after all, followed the destruction of Jerusalem and the Second Temple by the Romans, in 70...

Ram Dass on “Letting Go”

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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...

Ink and Blood

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One of the tasks I set my advanced creative writing students is to have them, one student a week, find three poems to read and then unpack from whatever anthology I happen to be...