Spirituality

Recognize Suffering in Others by Rick Hanson Ph.D.

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RECOGNIZE SUFFERING IN OTHERS Where Does It Hurt? The Practice: Recognize suffering in others. Why? We’re usually aware of our own suffering, which – broadly defined – includes the whole range of physical and mental discomfort, from mild headache...

A pale reproduction

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In printing, an image is broken down into four basic colors — cyan (blue), magenta (pink), yellow and black. If you look through a magnifier, you will see that any printed photo is made up...

Spiritual “Spring Cleaning” for the Holidays

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It was Ash Wednesday and I was working from home all morning.  Procrastinating, I logged on to Facebook and read a spate of status updates from people who were giving up chocolate, caffeine and...

Your Opening: An Easter Poem

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The garden is not grateful to the gardener. The bud does not cry, 'Open me!' Darkness untangles threads of light without God's fingers, filaments of pollen spilling from the reckless void. The gardener is grateful to the garden. Only...

After a Death, an Ant Reminds Me to Choose Life

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A writer I admired passed away on Saturday, March 2.  I met Robyn Richey Piz in a class at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and she invited me to join a writing salon.  I...

Nourishing the Soul

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Wow, I feel great!! I rolled out of bed early Monday morning. I haven’t felt this good in weeks!!  Usually I’m up early and ready to tackle the day but the last few weeks I...

Knitting as Zen Practice

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For years, I've had a knotty relationship with knitting.  As a teenager, I envied friends who, having learned the skill from their mothers, aunts or grandmothers, whipped up scarves and sweaters.  In my freshman...

Zen Moment: Tea House Turnabout

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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...

“Crucifixion”

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"The real meaning of crucifixion is to crucify the false self, that the true self may rise. As long as the false self is not crucified, the true self is not realized." —Hazrat Inayat Khan,...

Classical Literature, the Gods, and Metaphysical Desire

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In December I finished teaching a course on classical myth and literature for undergraduates. We read a variety of texts and from a variety of time periods. Among the works we studied were The...