The Unwanting Soul

The unwanting soul sees what’s hidden, and the wanting soul sees only what it wants. – LaoZi A modest purity dwells in the silky silence of blades of grass sweeping away the sand grain by grain. The spirit must open wide to discover such rich experiences. Stop the time-clock and uncover a cosmos: beneath your …

Tranquil Soul

How many times have you noticed that it’s the little quiet moments in the midst of life that seem to give the rest extra-special meaning? – Fred Rogers Quiet is energizing. Mechanically the days move at the same pace, but moments slow down when passed quietly. The other morning I listened to the soft rustle …

Spiritual Happiness

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers; and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit. And that its center is really everywhere. It is …

Love Connects Our Hearts

As if you were on fire from within/The moon lives in the lining of your skin. – Pablo Neruda Love takes many forms in our lives from our mother’s voice murmuring through the womb to our lover’s final kiss as we depart this world for the next. Love connects our earthly hearts to the divine …

Birth of the Soul

The soul has a slow and dark birth, more mysterious than the birth of the body. When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets thrown at it to keep it from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion… I shall try to fly by those nets. – …

Faith Looks Up

Sorrow looks back; Worry looks around; Faith looks up. – Ralph Waldo Emerson It seems that every day for the past week has been filled with news and talk about the sickness running rampant through China right now. My wife’s family is nervous, my Chinese friends are worried, and my former students are uncertain what …

Learn from Life

He who neglects to drink from the spring of experience is likely to die in the desert of ignorance. — Li Bai Experience is our first and last teacher. We experience the world in contrasts of warmth/cold, light/dark. Broad sensations wordlessly implant in our freshly blossoming minds. Like the sunrise melting away the frost, our …

Believe Life Will Improve and It Will

Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without words – and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson One must find hope. Life cannot prosper without hope. Hope sings to our souls with lovely celestial tones. There are trying times in everyone’s life. Times that strike at …

Being Grateful for Your Life

Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. Oscar Wilde There should be times in each and every day when you simply appreciate the colors of your life. Stop and take note of the colors around you. Do not try to analyze or …

Sharing Joy

The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed. Ernest Hemingway Beauty speaks to us in a language as ancient as humankind. The beautiful summons deep subconscious connections to …