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Resolve

Resolve is a powerful antidote to despair. The meaning and direction that bring depth to life rest upon the values and aspirations you treasure. Resolve is what translates your aspirations into reality. ~ Christina Feldman I’m grateful for this reminder. There’s a real firmness to resolve. Consulting my dictionary I find several definitions for this word, but my favorite comes from the world of music: “to make progress from dissonance to consonance”. Yes. This feels...

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Everything is Not OK

  The tendency to see spirituality as separate from other domains, like economics, politics, and culture, is the very thing that keeps it neutered and inauthentic. To speak of spiritual concerns (i.e. matters of deep and ultimate meaning) in a truthful way, it’s necessary to get into these other messy areas of human activity. For society is where and how our collective fears and desires are expressed. What this inevitably generates is a critique, because all is not well with our way of...

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What are Humans For?

  Many spiritual approaches focus on the fundamental human question of “who am I?” and stop there. At this point in my journey, I admit that I am less interested in that question and more concerned with another fundamental spiritual question: “how shall I live?” It seems to me that “who am I?” is something that our souls already know and will ultimately remember and return to. Whereas the issue of how to inhabit this embodied experience is something we are faced with every moment of our...

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Making Ourselves at Home

It’s no wonder we don’t defend the land where we live. We don’t live here. We live in television programs and movies and books and with celebrities and in heaven and by rules and laws and abstractions created by people far away and we live anywhere and everywhere except in our particular bodies on this particular land at this particular moment in these particular circumstances. ~ Derrick Jensen   Because we’re so used to it, the extent of our alienation from the...

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