Choosing Kindness…Now

Have you ever wondered why we refer to certain people as saints?  What makes a person a saint in the eyes of others? It seems to me that the difference between a saint and an ordinary person relates to the fact that a saint has decided to live in the world as if the structures, rules, and expectations laid down by their society are not the guiding principles of life; a saint puts love ahead of all else in this world. Saints trust their inner guidance above external projections of how they ought to behave, and they unflinchingly set their heart’s compass to love’s True North. Saints plunge...

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Is It Time For a New, More Mature American Dream?

Is It Time For A New, More Mature American Dream?  The American Dream, which we’ve all been conditioned to strive for, offers the promise that if you work hard and apply yourself vigorously enough, you can earn a lot of money and eventually make it.  Since we’re taught that money makes life easier the more we can accumulate the happier we imagine we’ll become. Something, however, is wrong with that vision, if we pause for even a moment to note what it lacks.  For where within that dream do we see any mention of humanity being an integral part of a larger living system that is our Earth?  And...

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A Meditation On Renewal

A Meditation On Renewal This morning, through a brief break in the rainstorms that have been bearing down on us this winter season, I took advantage of the opening in the clouds to walk to our nearby beach. Just two days ago the beach was a tranquil, brilliant blue pond; this morning the whitecaps crashed and swirled violently over the rocks with a fierceness that served to remind me how fragile I am, and how brief is this life. Across the beach lay scattered bits of flotsam that had been tossed up by the sea. I saw enormous logs whose edges had been softened by their journey, along with...

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Relinquishing Pursuit of Absolute Truth

Relinquishing the Pursuit of Absolute Truth For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by language. Words, I’ve come to realize, are much like the individual colors on an artist’s palate. We mix them together to create images inside our own minds with varying degrees of focus, passion, talent, skill and success. We then we gift our words to others, hoping they’ll be able to deconstruct and reformulate them as images inside their own minds, and will be able to view the world the way we see it. Like children drawing with crayons and paper, we offer our word pictures to others and...

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Things I’ve Learned From Hummingbird Community

Many people, when they visit an intentional community, arrive with a preconceived notion of what it might be like to live in one. Some imagine that since the members have all agreed to live and work together it must be a sort of utopia, where conflict and challenges never disrupt the peace. Some presume that members must have all healed their childhood wounds, so feelings of separation and pain won’t ever arise.  Some expect internal sustainability to be so automatic that no need remains for energy exchanges between the community and the larger society. The truth will likely disappoint these...

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