“Nothing can be more important than being able to choose the way we think.”
YA Blog Post: Experiments, Results, Conclusions - Starting a Meditation Practice "Within each of us there is an undeniable demand for a joy that does not come and go, for a sense of purpose, for knowing who we are. . . . more
Packing for the tour within: An excerpt from Climbing the Blue Mountain, now available as an e-book "If airlines did not have a forty-pound limit, people would want to bring along their motorcycles to save on gas, a small library to keep them occupied while they get a tan, a few favorite plants, and some gymnasium equipment to work off that rich restaurant fare. . . . more
A Practice for Today: Slowing Down "In order to slow down, it is necessary to gradually eliminate activities outside your job and family responsibilities which do not add to your spiritual growth.. . . . more
Please help us spread the word about our YA retreat, November 7-9 Our young adult (YA) weekend retreat in Tomales is coming up soon, and we still have some places available. . . . more
Choose Kindness "As a boy, growing up in a South Indian village, I learned to ride an elephant the way teenagers today learn to drive a car. . . . more
There is no greater glory than love, nor any greater punishment than jealousy.
– Lope de Vega
It is good to admire beauty, but it is neither good nor practical to want to take beauty home, put it on a shelf, and say, “You stay right there.” When we see something beautiful, we may begin to want it for ourselves. It may be a dramatic house, it may be a lovely flower, it may be a graceful dancer – we just want it. If this wanting becomes a compulsion, it is likely we will lose what we want so much.
Jealousy comes into a relationship when we try to possess someone for ourselves. It is a very difficult secret to discover: that when we do not want to possess another person selfishly, when we do not make demand after demand, the relationship will grow and last. And it is something we have to learn the hard, hard way. This is the secret of all relationships, not only between husband and wife, boyfriend and girlfriend, but between friend and friend, parents and children. Instead of trying to exact and demand, just give, and give more, and give still more. This is the way to earn love and respect.
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