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The Sacred in the Self

I originally wrote Bouncing Back to reconcile my own inner confusion about the value of so many practices of psychotherapy to strengthen a healthy, authentic sense of self, and the value of so many practices in Eastern contemplative traditions to experience the freedom and ease of non-self. Both necessary, neither sufficient. I came up with […]

Homage to Thich Nhat Hanh

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Photo courtesy of Plum Village The venerable Buddhist teacher and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh died Saturday, January 22, 2022, in his homeland Vietnam at the age of 95. Here’s the link to the Lion’s Roar article honoring his life and teachings.  And here’s Thay’s own poem, Oneness, about his own death, reminding us, as […]

A Blessing for the New Year

A Blessing for the New Year

Here’s the annual offering of this wonderful Blessing for the New Year by Kayleen Asbo, as timely and relevant as ever; may it encourage and inspire you and yours: BLESSING FOR THE NEW YEAR As the hours of darkness begin to slowly wane from the winter sky, So too may the fearful places of your […]

Wisdom about the Ordinary Life

Wisdom about the Ordinary Life

In the lull between the holidays, it might be good to remember the deeply simple joys of ordinary life, with deep bows of gratitude for every anything bad that didn’t happen. Ordinary Life By Barbara Crooker This was a day when nothing happened, the children went off to school without a murmur, remembering their books, […]

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