Instruction from Invertebrates

The scent of brine wafts all around. A chill breeze blows in from the west. I am seated on a bluff above a small cove ringed by a sandy beach. After midnight, the solitude nearly palpable, the Pacific Ocean almost … Continue reading

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Suicide: A Symptom of Global Spiritual Malaise?

Recently my cousin wrote a brave letter to her local newspaper in response to two suicides that affected her children. Her message picked up a lot of attention because it addresses mental health issues with great open-heartedness and honesty. I felt … Continue reading

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Honeybees, Harmony, and Humanity

Wisdom traditions teach us to redirect our focus from narrow personal concerns toward broader universal ones. Although this ethic represents a peak of human understanding, isn’t a notion that demands rational thought; it seems to arise naturally when groups of animals … Continue reading

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My Bio-Spiritual Journey

It happens that I’m applying to a training program for spiritual directors. The program requires submission of a ‘spiritual autobiography.’ Since I began blogging in 2006, my online writings have served to document my growth, and especially my efforts to merge … Continue reading

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Walking a Narrower Road

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. –Robert Frost In recent entries I’ve explored the nature of choice and identity. Today I want to step … Continue reading

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Befriending the Body Intelligent

Last year awakened me to my life’s purpose. A series of disappointments forced me to abandon paths that had seemed interesting but were not leading to my center. More clearly than ever, I saw how biology has always guided me. Every time … Continue reading

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Could Everything ‘They’ Tell Us Be Wrong?

Why should I let others define what’s important for my life? Do they know better? Or if they know better, does what they know apply to me? More and more, I’m thinking not. I’m thinking that what society values is … Continue reading

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The Problem Isn’t Neural, It’s Spiritual

“You’re taking a lot of garbage.” Those words, spoken to me by a psychiatrist newly evaluating my case, changed my life. At the time I was on two antidepressants, two mood stabilizers, and an atypical antipsychotic. I had also been … Continue reading

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What? Success Doesn’t Ensure Happiness?

The self-inflicted death of Robin Williams is pushing my buttons. And while I’ve read many commentaries, I have yet to come across one that speaks to the issue I find most affecting, so I feel prompted to chime in. My … 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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