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For the Seeker

This is what it means to be a part of the unfolding of the universe this morning: Seek what is good and what brings life for everything human and non-human. Do what you can with what you have in this moment to say with your life we are one and equally deserving of love. Intention is the one thing within...

Dreams in Their Eyes

I first saw them playing soccer with a ball made from plastic bags bunched together with elastic bands. They were on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro on a Sunday afternoon while the adults shared stories of their week as they sat on makeshift chairs outside their houses and sipped on freshly brewed banana beer. Then, one evening, I saw others...

This Matters

This morning I heard the Buddha say, Cultivating good thoughts matters. Performing good actions matters. Everyday. This practice can change the world. I knew then I needed to let go of the waiting and hoping for a revolution that would overthrow the dark peddlers of destruction with their semi-automatic rifles and their hatred; the ones who were stealthily patrolling neighborhood...

Continuing to Love Life

If the universe has a heart, it must be breaking as it looks at life on earth in July 2016. That is, the life on earth that humans are responsible for; the one that feels like it’s dangerously close to unraveling. All the more reason why we must continue to love life in all of its ordinary moments especially when...

Getting Used to the Journey

“I am telling you, it takes a lifetime of days and nights so get used to the long slow journey.” This is what I overheard the towering October oak tree say to the much younger maple and the birch trees just ahead of me, where the pathway curves. It could have been any given day since the gently moving orange...

‘Yes’ to Magnificence and Wonder

It is October and the world is doing its work of transitioning. On these days I understand perfectly the great mystery of our impermanence and our passing, and I even welcome my place in it. I am crazy enough, or wise enough, or deluded enough to believe that I, too, will be recycled and reborn into a new form, just...

Morning Worship

Sunday morning could not have been more beautiful Dressed, as she was, in the week’s finest clothes. She was in no hurry at all, as I met her on the bike path And she seemed lost in the silence that had overtaken me, too. I knew this is where the sacred Scriptures were born – Right here, on this very...

The Way of Re-Creation

When something falls apart and breaks into ten thousand pieces it may be that it was never meant to take the form you wanted it to take. Now you are left with fragments and your heart is broken. But you still have everything you originally had, and now, even more. Add to the pile of broken greens and blues –...

Not Streamed, Just Spoken

I wanted to go places today To see what was behind the streaming headlines Running down my ipad That had all become such a blurr. Money and opportunity did not set travel limits But my fast moving mind did Devouring everything I read, and digesting so little. So I climbed aboard a slow boat at dawn And took my seat...

Unfold Your Own Myth

  How can I put onto a single page all that I hope for you? Your desire to discover ‘you’ and to know it as your truth cannot be silenced by outside voices or ‘business as usual’. Life has given you a unique way and it is outside of concrete towers of commerce and education, or material possessions, or prevailing...