The State of Grace

The State of Grace

An interviewer asked singer-songwriter Leonard  Cohen if he needed to feel bothered and agitated in order to stimulate his creativity. Cohen said no. “When I get up in the morning,” he testified,  “My real concern is to discover whether I’m in a state of grace.” Surprised, the interviewer asked, “What do you mean by a state of grace?” Cohen described...

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Like a Hero Going Home

Like  a Hero Going Home

“So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. Trouble no one about their religion; respect others in their view, and demand that they respect yours. Love your life, perfect your life, beautify all things in your life. Seek to make your life long and its purpose in the service of your people. Prepare a noble death song for the day when you go over the great divide. Always...

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This Surprising Truth

This Surprising Truth

This I say from my dwelling place within your heart: Do not miss me in your focus at the world. I am the orange glow of dawn, sun the color of monk’s robes shining equally upon all beings. I am your frustration as you seek me and come up empty. I am the dusty web you sweep down from the ceiling, and the spider who races into hiding when you clean. I am disbelief, devotion, grief, joy, and...

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Appreciation and Blessing

Appreciation and Blessing

Appreciation and blessing are one and the same.  We may sometimes say, “Let’s bless the food now,” or “Bless you,” or “May this house be blessed.” Actually we have no power to make anything more Holy than it already is.  Everything is already completely blessed, and all the prayers in the world could not make it more blessed.   We certainly could not...

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The Word “spiritual”

The Word “spiritual”

The word “spiritual” includes all those whose deepest values lead them to challenge the ethos of selfishness and materialism that has led people into a frantic search for money and power and away from  a life that places love, kindness, generosity, peace, non violence, social justice, awe and wonder at the grandeur of creation, thanksgiving, humility and joy at the center of our...

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What should it be……

What should it be……

Now, the presumption here, for some of you, is you will not feel things. You will become an idea of your spiritual self. And that is not this teaching. This is not about becoming emotionless — far from it. It’s about not being reactive at a level of agreement that creates separation. You may cry, you may laugh, you may enjoy, you may grieve in what we call the Upper Room. But you do so in...

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