I Want a Lot….

You see, I want a lot. Perhaps I want everything: the darkness that comes with every infinite fall and the shivering blaze of every step up. So many live on and want nothing, And are raised to the rank of prince By the slippery ease of their light judgements. But what you love to see are faces that do work and feel thirst. You love most of all those who need you As they need a crowbar or a...

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Resume virtues vs.eulogoy virtues

“Recently I’ve been thinking about the difference between the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the ones you list on your résumé, the skills that you bring to the job market and that contribute to external success. The eulogy virtues are deeper. They’re the virtues that get talked about at your funeral, the ones that exist at the core of your...

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The Personal Power to Remain Alert

Everything we do, everything we are, rests on our personal power. If we have enough of it, one word is enough to change the course of our lives. If we don’t, the most magnificent piece of wisdom can be revealed to us and that revelation won’t make a damn bit of difference. Do you know that at this very moment you are surrounded by eternity? And do you know you can use that eternity,...

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Let’s Swing

Between the conscious and the unconscious, the mind has put up a swing: all earth creatures, even the supernovas , sway between these two trees, and it never winds down angels, animals,humans, insects, by the million also the wheeling sun and moon: ages go by and it goes on. Everything is swinging: heaven, earth,water,fire, and the secret one slowly growing a body. Kabir saw that for fifteen...

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How not to meditate

“Lama Surya Das, the “Buddha from Brooklyn,” is one of the handful of Westerners who have been teaching meditation for decades. And yet, he says we’re doing it wrong. Lama Surya Das says there are other ways to meditate besides those that are currently popular: “So many people seem to be moving narcissistically into self-centered happiness-seeking and quietism, not to...

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The Simple chat

A burning coal against the flesh-who has not felt this, from news that reached you, or the shock to your nerves from bearing eyewitness to horrific events? The avalanches come, we should help dig each other out. The simple chat will return. May it last long, and be realized as...

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The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the...

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Your purpose….

Your purpose on earth is to take any and all appearances of fear, lack, and limitation, and demonstrate to yourself and others that none of them have reality or power over you. —– Seek life. Feel life. Know life. Live life. Love life. Give life. Be life. —– What you condemn you continue. Focus on where you want to go rather than what you want to get away...

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The State of Grace

An interviewer asked singer-songwriter Leonard  Cohen if he needed to feel bothered and agitated in order to stimulate his creativity. Cohen said no. “When I get up in the morning,” he testified,  “My real concern is to discover whether I’m in a state of grace.” Surprised, the interviewer asked, “What do you mean by a state of grace?” Cohen described...

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Why the urge to improve myself?

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