My Refuge in Reality

Anyone who has followed my writings, however sporadically, has witnessed my maturation. As I review essays written over six years, it seems clear my tone has grown less competitive, more accepting, less self-centered, and more compassionate. This budding of genuine adulthood has proceeded … 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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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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Coping. Strategies.

The first poem below might alarm. Please rest assured that it is merely my way of working through the feelings of darkness that sometimes descend upon me. I have grappled with suicidal thoughts much of my adult life and commit … Continue reading

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Sweet Favors

Of late, poetry has been occupying me more than blogging, a shift which started with some intense work around an application for a writing fellowship. In my entire life there’ve only been a few times I have applied myself with … Continue reading

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Life is but a Dream

It only happens every year or two. A dream passes through me that I remember for a long time to come. In a narrow alley in some ancient, forgotten city, I am escaping. What chases me, I cannot say, but … Continue reading

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The Soul’s Affliction

I’ve been interested lately in what happens when we as humans take offense. Let’s say someone does something we perceive as immoral or abusive or otherwise wrong. My working example has been how Dick Cheney, while vice president, may have … Continue reading

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