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June 25, 2015

Just as our mental and physical energies are always moving between states of expansion and contraction, or activity and rest, the world around us, and in fact the whole universe, is doing the same. Everything changes. In every moment, everything is changing in some way...

June 25, 2015

I have arrived, I am home
In the here, in the now
I am solid, I am free
In the ultimate I dwell

© Thich Nhat Hanh 2000

June 24, 2015

In the depths of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond; and like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring. Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.

March 17, 2015

I’d like to share with you a meditative practice that I’ve been using for a few months. It’s a form of contemplation that I call the Portal Jewel practice.

My inspiration came from a dream in which I was a monk sitting in a cave with other monks, hooded in sackcloth, ea...

January 15, 2015

Initially, most of our beliefs about everything in life come from our family. Our parents teach and unconsciously mold us by their behaviors and dictums from the day we are born, until we start school and may learn conflicting beliefs from other students and teachers....

October 31, 2014

The practice of meditation is found in all religions throughout the world, and has been a subject of scientific investigation for many years. There has been so much written about meditation recently that it can be confusing. Since Alan Watts popularized Buddhism in the...

October 24, 2014

This description from Michael Crichton’s novel, Sphere, surpasses all the psychological and scientific descriptions of the imaginative function. Think about the profound truth in his writing:

On your planet you have an animal called a bear. It is a large animal, sometim...

October 14, 2014

Everything changes. Again. And again. This is a primary law of nature. One of the most paradoxical aspects of human existence is that we start out in life believing that we can control or stop unwanted change—If I’m a good girl, life will be the way I want it. If I fol...

January 26, 2014

Listen to Carolyn’s interview with Write the Book: