The Body as a Labyrinth

On the grounds of many churches and meditation centers one finds labyrinths. Those wishing to plumb their inner depths walk these paths in meditative contemplation. As the trail spirals inward, appreciation of the journey increases; experience in the labyrinth becomes … Continue reading

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Will Mindfulness Replace Religion? Don’t Count on It.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” –Albert Einstein Will people someday discard beliefs about a caring universe? Will mindfulness meditation … Continue reading

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Trauma: Vitamin ‘T’ for the Soul

Vitamin ('vītəmĭn; noun): Any of various … substances essential in minute amounts for normal growth and activity. Imagine a supplement that could increase human compassion and sensitivity. Would you add it to your diet? If it meant enduring discomfort, as … Continue reading

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There’s No Such Thing as an Adverse Childhood

Adverse (ad´vərs, ´advərs; adjective): preventing success or development; harmful; unfavorable. Definitions matter, because the words we apply to our lives influence whether we feel hopeful or discouraged. Can a childhood be adverse? Events during childhood can certainly be harmful and unfavorable. And yes, painful formative … Continue reading

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Ahimsa

Fourteen years ago my mind broke, though I prefer to say it broke open. In my nearly five hundred WillSpirit essays, I’ve often discussed that mental shattering. As its fourteenth anniversary approaches, I find myself living the consequences in the … Continue reading

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Nirvana, Now and Then

When one travels into the depths of creation, how does one describe where one has gone? Prose will fail. But before moving to poetry, I want to write an essay about what’s happened. This will solidify my memory and share … Continue reading

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Branching Awareness

Ideas multiply. Sometime back I tried my hand at explaining Relational Frame Theory, the grounding philosophy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Although the subtleties of the theory escaped me, it was easy to grasp that word associations proliferate rapidly. The … Continue reading

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How Dare I?

In writing about a so-called Cosmic Mind, am I saying anything new? Not really. Consider what these essays aim to establish: the plausibility of a mind-like awareness that coexists and coincides with material reality. My hope is to reassure receptive … Continue reading

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The Question We Should Never Ask

How are you? Sounds innocent enough, but this query might be the wellspring of unhappiness. When others ask us this simple question, we often answer, “fine,” or “good,” or “great!” without looking within. Little harm there. But when we ask … Continue reading

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Letter from the Brink of Sanity

How to tell a story that has no beginning and no end? A tale that was ongoing before you were born and continues to this day? Choose an episode that pressed your first footprints on some new path. Like the … Continue reading

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