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Spiritual Shock Therapy

Spiritual Shock Therapy

I had an interesting conversation with a self-described “meditation teacher” recently who teaches at a well-known retreat center in California. She regularly leads 10-day and month-long silent retreats. Though I’m a life-long meditator, the benefits to the individual and society of long-duration silent retreats eludes me. Tweet

The Donald Goes Global, Religiously

As a religious philosopher, I’m loathe to write another column about Donald Trump and the chaos presidency. But as a religious philosopher, I feel a responsibility to attempt to convey what’s happening at a deeper level than the merely political. Tweet

Laughter, the Last Escape?

It seems like all that’s left is to escape into comedy. Even that is becoming quite a strain however, both to keep up with the surreal hilarity of the Trump Administration, and to keep laughing in the face of seriously scary shit. Tweet

Transformation or Transmutation?

Quietness again lifts and planes out, the blood in our heads gliding in the sky of the brain. Rumi My friend from graduate philosophy days and I are having good old-fashioned philosophical argument about our different perceptions, views and sense of urgency with regard to the human crisis. Tweet

The Malevolence of Incompetence

President Trump’s Apprentice-style firing of FBI Director James Comey has thrown the United States into a constitutional crisis. “This should shock the whole of America out of its numbness,” the pundits say. But it won’t, and God help humanity when a global crisis occurs. Tweet

Strange Signs, Human and Natural

And I know that the hand of God is the elderhand of my own, And I know that that spirit of God is the elder brother of my own, And that all the men ever born are also my brothers…and the women my sisters and lovers, And that a kelson of the creation is love.

Is Mere Anarchy Loosed Upon the World?

“The center cannot hold…the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Though these lines from Yeats prescient poem “The Second Coming,” penned in 1919, are often cited in these dark times, I’m pondering the poem as a whole on the eve of the election in France. Tweet

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