Category Archives: Quotations

Euthymia – Of Peace of Mind


Somehow I got on the mailing list for someone who runs one of those series of self–help courses, the first step of which is to help the presenter by buying into his philosophy, i.e., his book or online course(s). But … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Thomas Merton!


I can’t let yesterday, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Merton, pass unremarked. He was, after all, probably the first mystic whose words I had encountered, an many of his words still resonate. Continue reading

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Bewilderment That Invites the Possible


Every Wednesday, the middle of the week, “Hump Day,” the one which must be gotten over, Parker Palmer shares his wisdom over at On Being. The poem he selected, and this sentence in particular, caught my eye. Continue reading

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Metamorphosis and Sadness


I promise a more thorough accounting of my shoulder injury: what happened and what’s wrong. Suffice it to say that yesterday I received some very bad news, and that I appear to be in this for the long haul.…

There are two things that I would share right now, a selection from Thomas Merton’s The Way of Chuang Tzu (New York: New Directions, 1965), and an excerpt from Rilke’s “Letters to a Young Poet.” Continue reading

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Finding Balance


Social work researcher Brené Brown tweets, “Information reduces anxiety but media saturation increases trauma and fear. Helping can heal.” Continue reading

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The torrent


[The bhakta] crosses [the torrent], [the bhakta] crosses [the torrent]. [The bhakta] helps all in the world to cross. Continue reading

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Honda Pavarotti


Honda Pavarotti by Tony Hoagland Continue reading

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Timing of meals may be key to weight loss | Health – WCVB Home


Our results indicate that late eaters displayed a slower weight-loss rate and lost significantly less weight than early eaters, suggesting that the timing of large meals could be an important factor in a weight loss program. Frank Scheer, PhD, MSc, … Continue reading

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An Inescapable Network of Mutuality


“We’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Continue reading

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Common as Mud


When I think of work, I always think of this poem by Marge Piercy, and its intimations of submerging ourselves in the tasks, of getting down in the mud, of grounding. This is not typically the vision we are given of a spiritual path, all sweetness and light. However, it is consistent with the Eastern view of the lotus flower, grounded in the muck, but emerging sweetly and purely above the surface of the water. Continue reading

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