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Finding the Source

Most people associate the creative with the lush, the prolific, the fertile, the rich.  Contemplation or meditation as the Trappist Monk Brother Paul Quenon describes it in “Alone and Together” sounds like the opposite:   It “is too poor, too empty, and obscure.  It is mostly an entrance to and abiding in the emptiness of Christ.  […]

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White Water

photo by James. “For some, collaboration is not a deliberate choice,” writes architect Barry Svigals in Parabola’s current issue, Alone and Together.  “It is a way of solving problems that is deeply interwoven into the communal experience.”  He is writing of aboriginal people who couldn’t help but work together to solve puzzles in an intelligence […]

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Graduation Sutra

What a week.  Days after my car accident, I attended my daughter Alex’s graduation from college.  And as I sat on a lawn at a beautiful college under a blue sky, watching my daughter process across the stage, I suddenly realized a college graduation is not unlike a car accident.  It is another kind of […]

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Car Crash Sutra

The accident happened at the worst possible moment, yet even as it happened I realized there is probably never a good moment a good moment for a car accident. I was driving home through the rain, thinking about how much I have to do before I leave for my daughter’s college graduation this week.  I […]

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Being Lost Together

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves,” wrote Thoreau.  I think Thoreau was speaking of that descent from our heads into the center of our beings.  At the first shock of loss, we are bereft, shipwrecked.  We search for something of value to guide us or to hold on to and […]

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Being With Ram Dass

“My guru told me ‘Be like Gandhi,’” Ram Dass told me once during an interview.  “Gandhi said, ‘My life is my message.’” The words came haltingly, short phrases followed by long pauses.  The former Dr. Richard Alpert, the once eloquent spiritual seeker and psychedelic rebel, sat in a wheelchair, hunting for words, often coming up […]