Learn to love being wrong…

We all worship something, and often it’s the things that we worship that become the albatross around our necks. David Foster Wallace says that if you “Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out”. This …

Hope happens in the dark…

Some days everything feels like too much. We see too much. We hear too much. We think too much. We feel too much. Like a thousand tiny razor blades filling the air, every movement lacerates with varying degrees of deepness and severity.  Lost and lonely on a planet whose atmosphere …

Undoing regret…

Nietzsche said that “Once you know that there are no purposes, you also know that there is no accident; for it is only beside a world of purposes that the word ‘accident’ has meaning.” Perhaps in a grand sweeping gesture of radical acceptance and revolutionarily subversive compassion Nietzsche saw things …

Love, like fire…

Philippe Jaccottet says that “Love, like fire, can only reveal its brightness on the failure and the beauty of burnt wood.” Love, like fire, is consuming and catalytic. Ferocious and unruly, it incinerates and reawakens with luminous intensity. Love, like fire, is a Creative force; a burning purposefully lit with …

Miracles happen…

If Dogen is right then that means that the very atmosphere of our world is atomically awash in the molecular happenstance of the miraculous. It means that every arising breath is found writhing upon the wings of something wondrous. It means that every smile that we unexpectedly receive, and every …

Starving to give…

If you are feeling a void, or an emptiness within you; a vacancy of want and craving, ask yourself if that seemingly vacuous space is actually an indication of something that you lack, or if it is something that you have yet to learn to give to the world. If …

A faith with dirty hands…

Sometimes I wonder whether or not its actually accurate to say that we are killing the planet. Clearly our species has become the predominating force in influencing the Earth’s environment, to such an extent, in fact, that scientists now refer to our current geological epoch as the Anthropocene.  There can …

How to see?

This an excerpt from my recent review of Jon Kolkin‘s book, Inner Harmony, that I wrote for The Tattooed Buddha. We are so busy looking, that we have forgotten how to see., and at heart, these teachings have always been about seeing; about seeing reality, about seeing fully, about seeing …

We are here…

“every new life on offer here begins now. And now is midnight. It begins now. All these futures. That’s what is here…Every other immediate present and ongoing future you could have had.” – Matt Haig, The Midnight Library Here is all there is. Now is all we have. Every moment …

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