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Mother’s Day 2022

Madonna, Colón, Panama by Jula2812. Used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license. When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.…

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Stories

We humans are story-telling creatures, and we are also have stories in the sense of layers and depths–depths of suffering and also depths of insight.   And here is a secret: we open to those layers and depths as we learn to be still and attend to what is. We must learn to let go of…

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Happy Valentine’s Day 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day! I gently propose that we spend a little time today opening our hearts to the love and compassion that is always here, just waiting for us to lower our guard and let it in. This love and compassion is not the property of one individual. It is the luminous energy of the…

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A Greater Truth

The English word “morality” suggests rules and constraints. The Buddhist word sila, which is often translated as morality suggests something different. In fact, in the ancient commentaries it is explained by the word samadhana, which means “harmony” or “coordination.” To practice right speech or right action or right livelihood means to be in harmony with…

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Happy New Year, 2022!

“We have a tendency to think in terms of doing and not in terms of being. We think that when we are not doing anything, we are wasting our time. But that is not true. Our time is first of all for us to be. To be what? To be alive, to be peaceful, to…

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