It always brings me up short when I encounter people who see the world as black or white. The dividing line for them is sharply defined. Nothing in between. Funny -- these are often folks who would be shocked to be considered "judgmental" because on many issues they aren't at all judgmental. . . .
Crazy and insidious, that's what they are, those lies we tell ourselves. The things that get in the way of living fully and joyously. 1. I'm not good enough. What's the root of this, I wonder? Because it's very common, this idea that we aren't good enough for...you name it. That promotion. A happy . . .
All created things must pass. Strive on, diligently. ~the Buddha's final words Once we get older than 50 or so, people we know (or know of) start dying in greater numbers. Or so it seems. And that makes us think of our own mortality. "I don't want to die," someone said to me . . .
The Amish people in their old-fashioned garb and horse and buggy rigs seem so quaint to us modern folks. And yet, we're fascinated by their simple life styles and rejection of technology. An excellent two-hour American Experience documentary on the sect aired the other night and I watched casually, . . .
The Divine places hands on each of us, and blesses us in its own way. I believe that with all my heart. We can think that we're unlucky or cursed or impotent, but it's not true. We're all blessed in some way. What we choose to do with those blessings is up to us. People come into our lives to . . .
Firemen are the hottest of all first responders. If you smell gas for 4 days, you really should call the fire department and PG&E. Just because your house didn't blow up, doesn't mean it couldn't have. An elderly dog whose foot gets painfully stuck will bite from pain, even if you are trying . . .
A child was born in a manger, and whether we believe the whole story or not, in that moment, the face of the world changed. We don't always keep the reason for the season top of mind. For me, Christmas Eve is the time to do that. Jesus was about peace, love, charity and forgiveness. So this year, . . .
Karma is often described as destiny. But that's not what it is. It's a Sanskrit word for "act, action or word." Karma is a cosmic law that teaches that each of our actions, our deeds, our words set into effect a chain of cause and effect. That we will experience personally the effects of what we . . .
If only the bones of a person should touch the water of the Ganges that personal shall dwell, honored, in heaven.~verse from the Mahabharata Cremation was unusual and even taboo in the Western world not too long ago, as if we carried our physical bodies along with our souls into the next world. . . .
Secret religious societies are a mystery to me. "Secret" as in those with rituals and memberships they don't disclose publicly. For example, I really don't "get" the Masons. So we're driving around the Abiquiu area near Santa Fe with friends and come across this structure. "What is it?" I . . .