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Just Breathe

On the cover of the latest issue of Parabola, “Science and Spirit,” there is a beautiful angel, gazing down at the world with grave compassion.  While the publisher says the angel is a he, I am more than certain this particular angel is a she.  She looks so much like the apparition I describe in […]

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Leap of Wisdom

There is a Zen koan that poses this tricky situation:  You are at the top of a 100-foot pole.  How will you take a step further?  The earliest Buddhist teachings don’t offer koans.  But it turns out that the Eightfold Path, the ancient way the Buddha offered to end suffering, does include a leap.   It […]

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Free Energy

  As we prepare for the birth of a new issue, I share one of my favorite quotes from The Unknown:  “Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries,” Theodore Roethke. The spiritual path leads to vulnerability, to opening to mystery.  It is not clinging for dear life to a set of propositions […]