Be Nice First

Be Nice First

Be Nice First “War is an absolute failure of imagination.” -Adrienne Rich, American poet   In December 1914, Europe was five months into the “War to End All Wars” when something extraordinary happened. During a brief lull, British troops looked across the field to see...
Sometimes, It’s Too Late

Sometimes, It’s Too Late

Sometimes, It’s Too Late We live our lives in the shadow of time. Everything we do is regulated by it. “What time shall we meet?” “What is my deadline?” “Do I have enough time to work out before lunch?” “How long will it take us to get there?” “What time will I go to...
Empathy or Compassion?

Empathy or Compassion?

Empathy or Compassion? If you haven’t read any of Matthieu Ricard’s work, I encourage you to do so. He is a Buddhist monk who left a career in cellular genetics to study Buddhism over forty-five years ago. I discovered his book, Altruism: The Power of Compassion to...
Sawubona and the Practice of Truly Seeing

Sawubona and the Practice of Truly Seeing

Sawubona and the Practice of Truly Seeing I recently experienced a “drop-to-your-knees” crisis. It was the kind of experience that leaves you breathless, raw, and – initially anyway – quite alone. As time slows down and the space around you seems to close in, your...
The Burdens We Carry

The Burdens We Carry

The Burdens We Carry Have you heard the one about the psychology professor who held up a glass of water in front of the class and asked this question: “How heavy is this glass of water?” After some guesses, she revealed the true nature of her inquiry. “The actual...
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