Reality

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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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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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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My Advisor, Death

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Do not go gentle…

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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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How Trump Is Teaching the World About the Game of Life and How Not to Play It

Millions have read Florence Shinn’s classic 1925 advice book, The Game of Life and How to Play It. She was a Christian, so she saw the world in terms of…

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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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Why We Have To Be Optimistic

Polls tell us that lots of us are pretty gloomy about the future.  Perhaps it’s the ugly political tensions we’re all observing every day , or maybe it’s the worries…

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It’s Time to Stop the World

  A couple of evenings ago, sitting on our west-facing deck just after sunset, I stopped the world for a while. I used a trick that I invented–well, stumbled onto–…

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