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Come as You Are

Good morning!  How is that for a liberatingly unoriginal first sentence? I’m sitting here drinking a good, strong cup of coffee, watching the sky brighten and thinking about our gathering, Parabola Live, at New York Insight at 28 West 27th Street  in Manhattan this afternoon.  I’m not nervous, or not too nervous, because I’m looking […]

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A Pilgrim at Oxford

I spent last week visiting my daughter and the dreaming spires and domes of Oxford.  I spent much of the week in rooms in Trinity College (they rent rooms during the breaks between terms).  Every morning I had porridge and eggs under the painted gaze of Cardinal (soon-to-be Saint) Newman, William Pitt, and other somber […]

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Finding Our Way Home

Is it possible to feel a nostalgia for a home we have never known?  This is the paradoxical feeling that can hit when you sit down to meditate.   Turning towards ourselves, sinking into the stillness under the thoughts and the endless pressure to act, you can feel an unmistakable longing to go home to your […]