“The Shift” … (09/28/09)

season change is a good thing for me clear out the cobwebs of old and spin some new to catch what might fall in sipping tea and watching the shadow of a child grow longer in the afternoon light ~ Jeff Dorer

“Lost” … (09/20/09)

“Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you Are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may […]

on True Health … (09/19/09)

“A key to attaining soundness of mind and health of body is not to mourn the past, worry about the future, or anticipate imminent troubles — but rather to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly, exuding kindness for all things living.”  ~ G. Buddha

Look around & celebrate … (09/18/09)

“There is a river flowing past us very fast now.  Let go of the bank, push out into the center, keep your head above water and your eyes open. Look around, see who’s in there with you — and celebrate.”   ~ excerpt from a Hopi prophecy

Farewell Vermont! … (09/11/09)

Well, it’s been an amazing three weeks here in Brattleboro, and I’m headed back to Chicago this afternoon.   While I was here, I was blessed to spend lots of Quality Time with two amazing children (who, as is usually the case, taught me more than I ever hoped to teach them) … I also was […]

Reconciling the Religions (actualized Love) … (09/10/09)

Activity:  Read each the following verses aloud to yourself in succession: “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” ~ from the Hebrew Bible, the basis of Judaism “Love your enemies, Do Good to those who hate you …” ~ from the New Testament, the basis of Christianity “And let not your ill-will towards another keep you from […]

Reconciling Self-Sacrifice … (09/09/09)

“Self-sacrifice is Love with the motivation to alleviate the suffering of others. This supreme love requires involvement in the knotty problems of the world – love that bears with the failings and weaknesses of others, love that is committed to helping others regardless of the cost to one’s self. We have the example of Jesus […]

Reconciling Selfless Service … (09/08/09)

“The purest service is to help others and seek their welfare without the expectation of personal reward. On the contrary, the way of selfishness brings only disharmony and failure. In the Bhagavad Gita, and paralleled by passages in the Tao Te Ching, the way of selfless service is described as the fundamental principle by which […]

Reconciling Good Deeds … (09/07/09)

“Good deeds are the manifestation of a healthy spiritual life. Right Actions are those which seek to lessen another’s suffering &/or enhance another’s joy — without thought for any personal recompense as a result.” ~ unknown “Heaven is not attained without good deeds.” ~ Adi Granth, Ramkali-Var, M.1 (Sikhism) “Many garlands can be made from […]

on taming the ego … (09/07/09)

So many are struggling with the apparent invincibility of the ego — that no matter how hard they try or what methods they use, their behaviors continue to return to self-centered habits and selfish choices.  Quite a few have told me that they have therefore decide to give up and give in to the demands […]

Reconciling Kindness … (09/06/09)

“Sacred texts on kindness, compassion, and heart-felt love for others abound. Some of them affirm a general kindness, benevolence, and gentleness, while others recommend active mercy over mere ritual observances. Some stress the impartiality and universality of the heart that transcends considerations of family, race, nationality, or religion. As a whole, these scriptures all espouse […]