Loving the world

Loving the world

One of my PCAs has been telling me stories from “the other side” – the part of America that is black and poor. Another child shot dead. A homeless family staying in drug users’ apartment because it’s what they can find, hoping the teenage children are not learning the...

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On loving my enemies

On loving my enemies

Both Buddhism and Christianity suggest love for those I think of as my enemies. Who do I think of as enemies? Much is made of the political divisions in our country at the moment. They are outward signs of inner philosophical differences. I want government policy to...

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Love as a pool of water

Love as a pool of water

“I didn’t get much done that day,” said my sister. She was describing a day in which she went to church, paid a visit to her in-laws and drove her brother-in-law for an hour so he could catch his train home. She meant that she didn’t get much crossed off her to do...

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the blessing of you

the blessing of you

I’ve been listening to a person in my life tell me some difficult stories about what’s going on with them. I’m trying to learn how to listen with compassion without getting caught up. There is nothing I can do except to listen. It doesn’t feel like much, but it is...

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The blessing of color

The blessing of color

I love playing with rainbows. My husband taught me the acronym ROY G BIV. It stands for the colors of the rainbow: read, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. (Fun fact: it was Isaac Newton who decided we should divide the spectrum into seven colors.) I use...

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the blessing of breath

the blessing of breath

My breathing is “compromised” these days. I can’t get a deep enough breath to finish a sentence. When I sing, I just hit some of the notes while I spend others inhaling. Every other night I use a BiPAP machine. (I wish it were every night, but the mask damages my...

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How can our lives become more compassionate and creative – even in the face of difficulty? How can we connect with the sacred? I explore these questions by practicing the kind promises, report my wrangling here and in my monthly newsletter.

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