Awakening

Yesterday I went to the ‘Healing Our Grief’ workshop at the Open Center. It was a beautiful sharing experience hosted by Sue Frederick author of Bridges to Heaven. Sue’s husband died age 37 from cancer and her best friend died the same year. These two tragedies transformed her life, reawakened her intuition and her spiritual…

Rumi – The Kiss of Spirit

My iTunes just played Laura’s last phone message : ‘Sweetie, come on back. I miss you wherever you are.’ Then I heard this beautiful Rumi poem for the first time –  There is some kiss we want with our whole lives, the touch of Spirit on the body. Seawater begs the pearl to break its…

Vipassana

A decade ago, I saw The Dhamma Brothers documentary about how a group of ultra violent prisoners in Alabama came to terms with what they had done (most had committed murder) by doing Vipassana.  It is an extreme meditation practice where you sit in silence for 10 days straight. It acts like a spiritual car wash and…

Finding The Path

‘You are at my side, dear friends, and God is everywhere.  Yet ultimately we are alone, making our way home by the candle of the heart.  The light is steady and sure but extends only far enough to see the next step.  That there are steps beyond is a matter of faith. That we have…

The Zen of Love

‘When you lose a loved one, you suffer.  But if you know how to look deeply, you have a chance to realize that his or her nature is truly the nature of no-birth, no death…Pay attention to the world around you, to the leaves and the flowers, to the birds and the rain.  If you…

Reading

‘Does it make any sense at all to know that it ends badly for all of us, even the happiest of us, and that we all lose everything that matters in the end – and yet to know as well, despite all this, as cruelly as the game is stacked, that it’s possible to play…