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Lessons from peeling apples

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM


Several years ago I attended a weeklong writing retreat during which we were asked to observe 24 hours of silence. It happened that I drew kitchen duty on the day of silence and when I reported for my shift that morning I found that the cook had written the instructions we were to follow since we weren’t allowed to speak. She pointed me to a huge bowl of bright red and green apples b...

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Prayer for the higher self by Marianne Williamson

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 18, 2012 at 7:00 AM


Dear God,

In this one moment I recognize that there is within me a perfect Self:

A Self that is not dysfunctional;

A Self that is not weak but strong;

That is not limited, but unlmited;

That is not small, but huge;

That is not in pain but in peace;

That is not faithless and scared but all-kn...

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How Western women can save the world

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM


In a speech at the Vancouver Peace Summit in September 2009, the Dalai Lama made a prediction: “The world will be saved by Western woman.” While that comment touched off an avalanche of commentary on Twitter and the blogosphere, the Dalai Lama’s words must ultimately be seen as a tribute to the tremendous progress toward freedom and equality that has been made by and...

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Can anybody meditate? by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 14, 2012 at 7:00 AM


The following is an excerpt from the book Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, published by Hyperion Books i...

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Is it possible to be religious but not spiritual?

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 13, 2012 at 2:15 AM

You’ve probably heard people lately claiming to be “spiritual but not religious.” About one third of Americans now label themselves this way, having rejected membership in a traditional religious institution in favor of pursuing their own personal spiritual relationship with God or the Divine or the Creator (or whatever term they prefer.)

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Easter Sunday: the resurrection of Hope in the present moment

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 8, 2012 at 3:35 PM


Easter Sunday is the quintessential day of Hope in the Christian tradition, when what has died rises again with new life and what has fallen apart can be reassembled in glorious, resplendent wholeness.

Hope represents fullness in the present moment, when possibility overflows and pure potential exists. Because this resurrection follows destruction and death, there is even more opportunity in th...

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Ubuntu: Divine inspiration after a Good Friday full moon

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 7, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I awoke this morning feeling unusually energized after sleeping all night under streaming lightbeams from a full moon suspended in a cloudless backdrop of sparkling infinity. Before I got out of bed I casually checked my iphone for messages then opened my Facebook app just to see what was happening in the world. That’s where the inspiration started.

First, I was treated to an

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How to resolve conflict according to the Tao te Ching

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 5, 2012 at 7:00 AM


During my convalescence from a concussion and fractured clavicle I have been somewhat restricted in my ability to read, watch television and use the computer. So one day I picked up an old copy of the Tao te Ching for entertainment, which is manageable reading material because each entry is quite short, but filled with ...

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Why we fear change and how we can transcend that fear: Part 2

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM


If you haven’t already done so you may want to read Part 1 of this series for a discussion on why we fear change. This entry will continue the theme by delving into some practical ways to cope with change and overcome our fear. Since we cannot stop change, which is the first fact we must accept, then we’d better figure how we are going to live with it or we are likely to do ourselves ha...

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Why we fear change and how we can transcend that fear: Part 1

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on April 2, 2012 at 7:00 AM


According to futurist Ray Kurzweil we have entered an age of acceleration during which the rate of change we encounter is increasing exponentially. In fact, Kurzweil estimates that the changes that take place during the 21st century will be equivalent to 20,000 years of progress at today’s rate. Wow! If Kurzweil ...

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