Widening Our Circles of Compassion

Widening Our Circles of Compassion

“From a spiritual perspective, it’s never right to hate someone, and it’s never wrong to love someone.”  —Professor john a. powell,  Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, Otherness and Belonging (Wisdom 2.0 2016)  For more...
The Long Darkness of Winter

The Long Darkness of Winter

Confession: I’m not a huge fan of winter. I live in a temperate rainforest, which is gorgeous and lush and one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen on this planet. It also, by definition, requires abundant rain. Like, six months of rain. Yes, I know rain...

Dealing with Intrusive Thoughts

If you’ve never had an intrusive thought, it’s hard to imagine. These are thoughts that appear, unbidden and undesired, and that (in my experience) are immune to the techniques I usually use to stop thinking. I guess the best way to describe it is the...
We All Think We’re Right

We All Think We’re Right

This is a topic I’ve been percolating for a long time, and it comes from a teaching by Tara Brach in which she says, “The world is divided into people who think they’re right.” Nothing illustrates this better than our collective reaction to The...
Getting from Resistance to Acceptance

Getting from Resistance to Acceptance

(For the first part of this post, see Acceptance) Resistance, the opposite of acceptance, is a blockage of energy. Think about how we experience tension, anger and worry on a physical level: the stomach feels like it’s in knots; our throats clench; there’s a heaviness...
The Importance of Acknowledging Anger

The Importance of Acknowledging Anger

I’ve been working on several posts for this site, many of which have been drafted for a couple of years, but I kept getting stuck. I just couldn’t get them right, structurally. Something was blocking me. Then, the other night, I had a dream in which I...

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