Transformation

Violence is here, and it is us

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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?

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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

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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...

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 days I ran away to a monastery

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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

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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”

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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...

Talking with Jesus at Starbucks

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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

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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

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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...