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On Love & Constancy

In 1979 Jadav “Molai” Payeng was a teenager surveying the damage caused by floods near his village. A large number of snakes had been washed on to a sand bar in the river, and in the absence of tree cover they died in the heat. The episode changed his life, as it inspired him to begin planting vegetation on the sand bar and create a sanctuary for wildlife. Thirty years later a 1600+ acre forest thrives on what once was the barren sand bar. He has been at it all these years. What an...

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Glimpses of Magic

Wow. Even though I admit I have a hard time understanding what this guy is saying (can’t make out his accent), I’m totally inspired. Words are secondary. Here, meaning is conveyed in a language far older than words. It’s not the fact that he has sacrificed financial gain to follow his passion… or that he pursues it in spite of hardship and injury… What inspires me is the depth of his relationship with this beautiful, rugged coast. And the way that he has shaped...

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What We Are Losing: Imagination & Myth

  There’s a scene in this amazing film about Marion Woodman, the renowned Jungian analyst and author, which really landed with me. Quite profound. (Actually there are quite a few scenes in the film that moved me – I really recommend it highly.) But in the segment I want to mention here she speaks about the relentless “concretizing” of the world and how we are losing the ability to work intentionally with myth and metaphor, to participate in life’s mysteries through ritual. She links this...

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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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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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