Stages
  • A Drop of Ink

    When you put a drop of ink in a clear glass of water, the whole glass goes dark. When you put a drop of ink in the ocean, nothing happens. A tiny dot of darkness is no match for the immensity of the sea. So, too, the smallest slight can darken our whole world. Does […]

  • The 10 Rules of Art

    In 1967, Carol King and her husband, Gerry Goffin, were the hottest songwriting team in the business. As King told David Remnick of the New Yorker, they were walking down Broadway one afternoon when a limousine pulled alongside them. The window rolled down and Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records stuck his head out. “I’m looking […]

  • Big Sur

    Big Sur is impossible. It should not exist. But there it is. A crazy road clinging to the cliffs between San Simeon and Carmel. Lapis lazuli waters with sea otters at play. Grey fox pups peering up through the poppies. High above, California condors, back from the brink of extinction, set their ten foot wingspans […]

  • Wild and Precious Life

    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? —Mary Oliver, The Summer Day It is the sacred task of poets, songwriters, and artists of all stripes to awaken us to our own magnificence. They plumb our depths and announce the ugly impotence of our fear. They celebrate […]

  • Our Sacred Longing

    Sometimes it’s a subtle nudge. Other times it’s an insistent desire. We can’t tell if we’re being pulled toward something or pushed away from something else, or both. All we know is, we can’t stay here. Frustrations mount. Powerful emotions like sadness and anger cloud our vision. We know we’re not happy, but we don’t […]

  • Beyond Conflict

    It’s liberating to realize that you don’t have to have an opinion about everything. It’s okay not to know. It’s okay to withhold judgment, wait, and let things play out. It’s even okay to let the other guy be right once in a while. Wisdom is a fluid way of being in the world, not […]

  • The Freedom of Work

    One of the prevailing narratives in pop culture is that work is for suckers. We wallow in fantasies of winning the lottery, picking the right stock, or striking it rich when our tech start-up gets grabbed by Google. We wish we were sitting on a beach somewhere with our toes in the sand and a […]

  • Meditation

    Meditation is the fine art of stillness. It’s difficult at first because our mind, like a torrent after a storm, doesn’t know how to be still. The mind’s nature is motion. Beginning meditators all make the same mistake—they try to control the mind. Of course, it doesn’t work. They fail, give up, and say things […]

  • Be Still and Know

    The world is sometimes a hard and painful place. Where can we go for refuge? Is there a safe harbor where we can feel our own validity, our own significance, our own sanctity? In all the world’s spiritual literature, there is nothing quite like the Psalms. Tradition has it that most of them were written […]

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