The Lanyard

The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the word lanyard. No cookie nibbled by a French novelist could send one into the past more suddenly— a past where I sat at a workbench at a...

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The Importance of I Love You…

The experience of loving is unilateral. It asks no response, nor does it demand the other be deserving. Any and every human being deserves love. It is not earned, one deserves it. So every human being offers us the opportunity of loving them. The loving rewards, not the being loved. Being made . the image of God, each of us deserves love. Our loving is our striving toward Godliness. It is our...

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Now is the Time

Now is the time to know That all that you do is sacred Now, why not consider A lasting truce with yourself and God. Now is the time to understand That  all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child’s training wheels To be laid aside When you can finally live With veracity And love. Hafiz is a divine envoy Whom the Beloved Has written a holy message upon My dear, please tell me, Why...

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Loving Kindness and Compassion

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it is bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as so much space. Your world seems less solid, more roomy and spacious. The burden lightens. In the beginning it feels like...

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Apprehension

Apprehension

I believe God wants you to know… “…that the mere apprehension of a coming evil has put many into a situation of the utmost danger.” F.L. Lucan said that, and it is right. There is no faster way to bring about misfortune than to think it is coming. Thought is a powerful force, and it is a creative tool that many people give little energy to — or abandon in the face of...

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Who are we?

At times like this I rely on my own realization that none of us really knows who we are, that this is the nature of our being, that if we have a true self at all, it somehow lies in the heart of the unknowing-ness that opens up when we inquire deeply into our experience, and that if we can hang out on the edge of this unknown, we may discover how to let ourselves be, without having to be...

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Do you believe in God?

When Einstein gave lectures at U.S. universities, the recurring question that students asked him most was: – Do you believe in God? And he always answered: – I believe in the God of Spinoza. (Baruch de Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher considered one of the great rationalists of 17th century philosophy, along with Descartes.) (Spinoza) : God would say: Stop...

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The Paradox of Our Age

We spend more but have less; We buy more but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses but smaller families; More conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less common sense; More knowledge but less judgment; More experts, but more problems; More medicines but less wellness. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble in crossing the street to meet our new neighbor. We...

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We Are Not Required to Fix It

“It’s OK to destroy the planet and exploit resources.” How do you feel when you read that? Angry? Sad? Relieved? There’s an elephant in the room – choose any color, including green – when it comes to our heroic efforts to save the planet. Simply put, it’s impossible to live in modern society without exploitation. Our lives in 2021 are based on commodifying our...

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Long Live….

Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us. —singer-songwriter Laurie Anderson Long live impudence! It’s my guardian angel in this world. —Albert Einstein Long live the weeds that overwhelm My narrow vegetable realm !— The bitter rock, the barren soil That force the son of man to toil; All things unholy, marked by curse, The ugly of the universe. The rough,...

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