Consciousness

How to Become a Poet or a Saint

Our Town, has charmed millions of people in the many decades since Thornton Wilder wrote and first staged it. The play is a loving look at two families and the…

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How to Stop Saying, I’m Only Human

Al, sheepishly explaining his infidelity to his wife who has just discovered it, “I’m only human.” Later, explaining to police why she stuck him in the groin with a kitchen…

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Can We Finally Stop Suffering?

“Life is suffering.” Buddha Are we still suffering? Suffering has one of two causes: 1. Physical malfunction that produces bodily pain. This is real suffering, but suffering that can be…

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Understanding Desires, Urges, and Obsessions

“All going forward comes from desire.” Florence Shinn, The Secret Door to Success The universe seems to want something: emergence. It is going forward—changing, becoming more complex, creating consciousness of…

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The Trouble with Integrity

Lots of us are having trouble with our integrity. One of my friends, a trustworthy man who normally behaves with integrity, told me that he did some cheating recently. He…

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Achieving the Mood of a Warrior

“The hardest thing in the world is to assume the mood of a warrior.” Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan As warriors, we want to perfect our spirits, so achieving the…

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Let’s Go Wild

“Life consists with wildness. The most alive is the wildest.” Henry Thoreau, Walking We are wondrously wild when we are born, living in awe. Then we are systematically tamed by…

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How to Avoid Letting Trumpdom or Any Other Challenge of the Moment Drive You Mad

“To fight the unconsciousness you become the unconscious.” -Eckhart Tolle The current political realities are a subject of conversation at nearly every social event that Mary and I attend.  The…

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The Life-Shrinking Price of Feeling Separate

A friend tells me that she awakens each day with a pain in her stomach because she is filled with anxiety about the Trump presidency. She is convinced that Trump…

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Which You Is Showing Up These Days?

Even though my true self lives in Nirvana—a state of awe in which I have no suffering but instead pure joy—my true self does not always show up in my…

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