Stages
  • 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 […]

  • Be Good

    What’s the point of being a good person? Nobody else seems to be bothering, so why should we? It’s every man for himself, right? But something inside still nags at us—serving our own needs to the detriment of the needs of others leaves us feeling disconnected, out of sorts, lost in the loneliness of our […]

  • Mindfulness

    Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Buddha likened our normal, everyday awareness to being asleep. Vedanta teaches that the world presented to us by our senses and framed by our conceptual thought is an illusory portrait called maya. And in his letter to the Corinthians Paul said that “we see through a […]

  • Your Greatest Treasures

    When we think of the word treasure we think of Trump-like wealth, Smaug’s lair, or a buried trunk of pirate booty. But upon deeper reflection we realize our real treasure is our loved ones – our children, our spouses, our families, and our friends. Yet in the ancient Chinese book of wisdom called the Tao […]

  • Before the Fall

    I think a lot about aging and dying these days. No, nothing happened. I’m fine. It just hits you sometimes – we don’t have forever. If you’re paying attention at all you can’t help but notice – everything moves around us like a comet. Events, people, problems, and gifts sling in out of deep space, […]

  • Trusting the Mystery

    As I turn another year older – just a couple of clicks now away from 60 – I grow more and more convinced that the single-most destructive force to peace, beauty, humanity, and all that is good in the world is certainty. Or the presumption of it anyway, since all but the most foolish among […]

  • Time Away

    Music is impossible without silence. There is silence between every note. The best musicians learn how to play the silence as well as their instruments. There is empty space between every solid object. Even the atom itself – the building block of the so-called solid world – is 99.9999% empty space. Emptiness is an essential […]

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