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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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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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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Exploring the Roots of Awareness

Blogging gets exciting when visitors engage in conversation. An exchange between Cathleen and myself has felt so interesting, I’m publishing it as a post of its own. As you’ll see, many concepts have come up that advance the discussion at … Continue reading

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What Rules On High?

If the universe is a mind, as so many posts have promised this series will demonstrate, what implications does this have for religion? Do we believe in God? Do we not believe in God? If I build a plausible case … Continue reading

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Live Free or Die?

We suffer for our ideas. Here are some of the concepts that can make me miserable: “I haven’t lived up to my potential;” “I don’t have enough friends;” “I’ll be alone in old age;” “No one takes me seriously.” These … Continue reading

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Reenter the Garden

Since I’m not spending much time reading other blogs right now, I don’t leave comments at other sites. Without visibility on other websites, and especially given my very sparse output here, the traffic to my journal has dropped off sharply. … Continue reading

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Satipatthana

The recent marriage between neuroscience and meditative traditions may hold the key to the future of human civilization. Few other modern trends hold such potential to derail humanity from its track of destruction. Many of Daniel Siegel’s writings demonstrate how a … Continue reading

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