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Apr 19, 2016

This year we celebrate the 46th observance of Earth Day, an occasion that reminds us to walk more lightly on our planet,

Apr 06, 2016

During a recent week-long retreat at a Buddhist retreat center, I found myself in a state of quiet joy unlike anything I had experienced before.

Apr 01, 2016

During this observance of National Poetry Month we celebrate the gift of poetry, the way it both brings into focus and

Apr 30

There is within each one of us a potential for goodness beyond our imagining; for giving which seeks no reward; for listening without judgment; for loving unconditionally. --Elisabeth Kübler-Ross Image: ArTeTeTrA via Flickr http://bit.ly/1NM3nkQ

Apr 29

"When people work on their creativity, they automatically work on their spirituality." In this lovely Spirituality & Health Magazine interview, Rabbi Rami Shapiro talks to author and artist Julia Cameron about how creativity and spirituality "go hand in glove."

Apr 29

"There are plenty of people out there to capture value. For me, the excitement is in finding ways to add it." Author John Green at the World Economic Forum.

Apr 29

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it. --Rabindranath Tagore Image: Natureworks via Morguefile.com

Apr 28

One of the important insights from our work is that the mind can be transformed...that the seeds of living a life that is compassionate, that's kind, and generous is within each of us...

Apr 28

#TBT Do you feel disconnected from your highest self at work? Do you wish you handled conflict better? Have you felt burnt out by others’ stress or emotions? This popular post by Sarah Tollefsen may help.

Apr 28

Life is short. Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, love truly and forgive quickly. --Paulo Coelho Photo: dierregi via Morguefile.com

Apr 27

Recent research "suggests that when we select inspiring content on TV, in films, or through social media, we’re not just making ourselves feel good in the moment. We’re nurturing our instincts for compassion and kindness." What TV show or film lifts your spirits?

Apr 27

The Honorable Harvest tells us to take only what we need and never more than half of what's available, to use everything that we take, to minimize the harm that is done, to share what we've taken, and to be grateful and always return the gift, giving something back in return. --Robin Wall Kimmerer Photo: Darnok via Morguefile.com

Apr 26

"Attachment is what blinds us to others’ points of view. It is the sustaining power behind racism, bigotry, and all other patterns of intolerance. Attachment fuels all our patterns of grasping, clinging, acquiring, and defending—everything that makes us cruel." In this timeless essay, psychiatrist and theologian Gerald May noted that preventing human cruelty requires inner transformation, something “beyond the reach of our strategies and machinations."

Apr 26

I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air or goodness and knowledge. At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep. --Willa Cather Photo: Wing-Chi Poon [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://bit.ly/1Hvw4Vk)], via Wikimedia Commons

Apr 25

The power and beauty of conversation: "The Island of All Together: Conversations on Lesvos." http://www.theislandofalltogether.com

Apr 25

"The latest studies show that 89 percent of Americans took out a phone during their last social interaction, and 82 percent say that 'it deteriorated the conversation,'" notes Sherry Turkle in this Religion and Ethics NewsWeekly report. "That’s my concern, that we are deteriorating our presence and in-person presence...Empathy is at stake.”

Apr 25

If my heart can becomes pure and simple like that of a child, I think there can probably be no greater happiness than this. --Kitaro Nishida Photo: Khánh Hmoong via Flickr http://bit.ly/1NDNJru

Apr 24

The mystery of your presence can never be reduced to your role, actions, ego, or image. You are an eternal essence; this is the ancient reason why you are here. --John O'Donohue Photo: EnzoCositore via Morguefile.com

Apr 23

Strange is our situation upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. --Albert Einstein Photo: takeasnap via Morguefile.com

Apr 22

"I am a poet who is interested...in the inner lives of others–ever wider circles of care and love have beckoned me from my private musings..." Several years ago, poet Merle Feld shared two lovely Passover poems along with questions to help readers make their own connections to her poetic text. Regardless of your faith, her poems and questions are likely to tap a wellspring of emotions and experiences. Warm wishes to our Jewish friends who begin the observance of Passover tonight.

Apr 22

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. --William Shakespeare Photo: trestletech via Morguefile.com

Apr 21

An invitation from our friends at the Pachamama Alliance: On Earth Day, and every day, let’s unite toward a common purpose, that is, giving back to Pachamama (Mother Earth) the fruits and gifts that she has so unconditionally given to us, especially love and compassion.

Apr 21

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. --Lao Tzu Photo from GilChrist, our public retreat center.

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Apr 30

Thoughts Profuse as Petals: The Practice of Extravagance https://t.co/ySyEeLRzEZ https://t.co/6EwbPZU0g4

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Apr 30

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it. --Confucius

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Apr 29

RT @SpiritHealthMag: @rabbirami talks to Julia Cameron about how nurturing your spirituality can help your creativity @J_CameronLive https:…

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Apr 29

Antidote for naturally occurring imperfections: #forgiveness. https://t.co/OJjpwbr1B1 https://t.co/prCxLEeRPd

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Apr 29

Community begins when people open themselves to the lives of others... Norman Wirzba via @topologymag https://t.co/7LcBEOLPp0

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Apr 29

@crummyverses A lifetime of questions, of mystery. Thanks for posing them.

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Apr 29

We Need To Teach Kids #Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year https://t.co/gbZYxz1jcm via @HuffingtonPost

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Apr 29

"Talking about healing has a restorative quality in itself." Christa Hillstrom @ivohMedia Restrtv Narrative fellow. https://t.co/oXgPW1FpvR

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Apr 29

RT @TEDTalks: "Stories matter. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity." https://t.co/XP…

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Apr 29

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it. --Rabindranath Tagore

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