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Remembering the Sacred

  Some years ago in Boulder, I saw Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee speak with Father Thomas Keating about interspirituality. At the time, I was so taken with Fr. Keating that Vaughan-Lee barely registered. But since then, he has become a strong voice for ecospirituality and I’ve come to admire him greatly. I was deeply moved listening to this interview about Vaughan-Lee’s new book called Darkening of the Light: Witnessing the End of an Era. Though I haven’t read it yet, it’s clear that the book...

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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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In A Dark Time

I respect the unflinching honesty of the folks over at the Dark Mountain Project. They are a group of artists and writers determined to stay present in the face of the inevitable disintegration of modern society. Our civilization is reaching its limits – physical, social, economic, technological, cultural, and spiritual. The Dark Mountaineers are not interested in debating this, nor in frantic attempts to prop up the dying empire. They want to know and express what it means to be human...

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The World is Made in Belonging

  It’s over a hundred degrees today. Apart from a bit of time spent watering some seedlings early this morning, I’ve been indoors hiding from the heat. Even the dogs show no interest in venturing out. I find myself appreciating the stillness and familiarity of my indoor surroundings. But it’s more than gratitude for a cool haven. I find myself resting in a feeling of comfort to do with the way that everything is holding me, and holding everything else together. I notice how everything...

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