Category Archives: Insights

Larger, over-reaching principles, ready for your own specific application; tested over the centuries, common to most traditions.

Meeting My Dementia

Quick Look One view of Alzheimer’s — if a bit cynical and simplistic— is this: a filter is being turned off that enhanced our social success in the earlier decades of our time on the planet. As we near our … Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Way

Quick Look We’re all looking for Connection of some kind, and the clearest model, if you’re fortunate, is the ordinary (but more and more uncommon) mom. The Tale The little girl looked five years old or so. The woman looked thirty. … Continue reading

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Your Daily Dose of Delight

Quick Look “Delight” — I’m not talking about thrills or new desserts — is a really big deal, but, for many folks I know, it’s been drowned out. A Tale My wife consistently plays the piano. Sometimes her playing disappoints her, sometimes a new piece seems … Continue reading

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How to Pray Like a Grownup

Quick Look No matter what the Great Professor says, prayer really can make you a better person. But not exactly the way they taught me when I was a kid. Kid Prayer was about reciting some words, earning little stars by my name, … Continue reading

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Zen Moments

Quick Look Zen has been setting up a tent in America for forty years or so, giving it plenty of time to trickle down into pop culture. Lately, seems people use the term “Zen” to mean everything from “spacing out,” … Continue reading

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Disorganized!

Quick Look Few people get organized by hanging a new key rack near the front door, or buying another filing cabinet. Unless the confusion is tracked down to its hiding place, the key rack won’t get used or the panic … Continue reading

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Narcissus (One More Selfie?)

Quick Look Religion projects all sorts of psychological stuff outward, and calls it God. “Spirituality” gets self-obsessed. What a mess. A Tale My Christian evangelical friends worry that I’m not going to church. “You need to worship,” they say, or … Continue reading

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Why-ing

Quick Look “Why?” usually drives people into their defenses, whether you ask yourself or someone else. It’s like saying, “You jerk! Defend yourself!” To explore “How?” or “What?” is better; these simple words direct us to our experience, to what … Continue reading

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Discipline

Quick Look “Discipline” – both the notion and the word – has acquired a negative, almost judgmental hasn’t it? (Something I have to do, but don’t want to do.) If so, throw it out! Trust your distastes! (Of course, you may … Continue reading

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Sex

Quick Look Sex is a blind spot. At the back of the eye, the retina funnels into the optic nerve, and in the center of this funnel, is a tiny blind spot. To compensate, our eyes are always moving slightly … Continue reading

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