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Digging With a Teaspoon

We are heavily defended creatures. We can’t help this. We are wired this way. Healthy cells defend themselves against invaders. The ego defends us against psychic pain, and this too is natural. And yet we also long to connect with others and with life, to know and be known, to love and be loved. And…

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Happy Valentine’s Day

You may not be a fan of Valentine’s Day under the best of circumstances. But this year??!!??? Are you kidding???!!!? No, in fact. I’m gently proposing that these conditions of relative isolation that we find ourselves in may be just right for finding true love. “Darling, I am here for you.” The great Zen master…

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Attention is Love

We are heavily defended creatures. We are wired this way. Healthy cells defend themselves against invaders, and so do nations. The Buddha was said to have cosmic vision so he could see defensiveness at work on every scale and level. He could see that the ego and all of its ways is a defense against…

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Happy 2021!

Happy 2021! They say that hindsight is 20/20, and this year it is really true. Looking back, it’s clear that so much in reality is not under our control. Who knew when we planned last year what would come? This year, let’s consider using the word resolution in the sense of seeing. May we begin…

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Box of Darkness

“Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness,” wrote the beloved poet Mary Oliver. “It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.” This past year has been a giant box of darkness–and for many of us that box has been full of smaller boxes–a nesting doll full of…

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