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The Compassion Adventure

In times such as these, when xenophobia, (fear of the stranger who doesn’t look exactly like me), is rampant, when little children are caged to punish their parents for seeking asylum from war, when women and gay people and people … Continue reading

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Dear sisters and brothers,

In times such as these, I keep noticing that I cannot find real security in national or international events. I cannot touch a deep peace by watching or hearing news, ever. I am not filled with compassion or loving-kindness–the heart … Continue reading

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“Sneaky Grace,’ as Anne Lamott calls it.

The following lines really speak to me from Anne Lamott’s Hallelujah Anyway: “Everything slows down when we listen and stop trying to fix the unfixable. We end up looking into other people’s eyes, and see the desperation, or let them … Continue reading

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The longing beneath

Today I have been fielding phone calls and emails from people drawn to connect with our School for Contemplative Living. The conversations concern specific gatherings, classes, workshops, or retreats. We talk about details such as locations, meeting spaces, the people … Continue reading

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How Advent Actually Happens in Cold, Dark, Desperate Places: Compassion Cultivation at Angola

“Desperate” is defined as “involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.” Synonyms for “Advent” include “arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, development.” Compassion warriors show up in desperate … Continue reading

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Radiance

We radiate what is inside us. That is a simple principle of human existence. If I plant the seeds for pumpkins, and cultivate pumpkins, pumpkins will grow. The same is true for whatever I plant and cultivate in my life. … Continue reading

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I was back in prison today…

…and I watched a tear drop onto his chocolate cheek, as Mr. A told the story of his transformation from who he was, decades ago when he took a life as a teenager, to who he is now, and to … Continue reading

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