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...
Why Transformation Matters

Why Transformation Matters

The other day, I saw the above photo in my Facebook feed (photo © Kerry Dixon). “Transformation” is a nebulous word, kind of like “sustainability” was a decade ago. Few people identify their primary field as “transformation.” Rather, it crosses multiple sectors, from...
What is Transformative Storytelling?

What is Transformative Storytelling?

Transformation isn’t about words. Most of us who work in transformation research, write about or teach concepts that can only be fully understood as a direct experience. It’s about an experience that words can only point to. Yet words are what we have. For most of us,...

On Transformation, Writing and Naming

“What is precious inside us does not care to be known by the mind in ways that diminish its presence.” – David Whyte Language is a paradox. Words are symbols that can never capture the essence of what they point to, yet at this point in our evolution, words are the...
Music as a Teaching

Music as a Teaching

I love music—who doesn’t?—yet it had never occurred to me that music itself could be a teaching, that it could bring people to the place, the experience, that spiritual teachers’ words point to, the transcendence that’s sometimes found in meditation (and often isn’t)....
Why I Stopped Searching for Enlightenment

Why I Stopped Searching for Enlightenment

In the summer of 2013, when I was in the midst of two years of financial hardship, someone asked me: “If you could ask for one wish, and know it would come true, what would it be?” My immediate answer was “enlightenment.” The questioner was surprised I didn’t say...

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