protocols/directions, recognition of self, religious conversion vs. psychosis (collected musings)

the minute someone tells me how I should feel, think or act is when they lose me.... we're all told how we should feel...if it's not explicit it's implicit...people feel wrong all the time solely because they don't fit into socially accepted norms about how they should feel...many are pathologized and drugged because they don't... Continue Reading →

Random musings and personal intro to Islam and Sufism

Again, below I share random musings from the last few weeks with links to the archives for further consideration or contemplation.

brightness and darkness on Christmas eve

Midnight mass is spoken at the end of Christmas eve. I thought this lovely poem first uttered in 1941 would be nice again today for all of us. Have a wonderful holiday however you celebrate and also if you do not. Your brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of You and, by myself, I... Continue Reading →

brightness and darkness

Your brightness is my darkness. I know nothing of You and, by myself, I cannot even imagine how to go about knowing You. If I imagine You, I am mistaken. If I understand You, I am deluded. If I am conscious and certain I know You, I am crazy. The darkness is enough.

Christian contemplative prayer/meditation

I'm sharing some Christian contemplatives today. I generally share information from Eastern traditions or that which is largely influenced by Eastern tradition, but the fact is I've been greatly influenced by the Christian mystics too and the contemplative practice in the Christian tradition is deeply meaningful as well. Modern Western mystics have largely abandoned the... Continue Reading →

Let’s make our human community safer and kinder

Absolute peace in our world is an unattainable goal. But it is one towards which we must continue to journey, our eyes fixed on it as a traveller in a desert fixes his eyes on the one guiding star that will lead him to salvation. Even if we do not achieve perfect peace on earth,... Continue Reading →

Tao Te Ching

This is an excerpt of the text of The Tao Te Ching I studied in college. This exact translation, in fact, and though I've been told by many it lacks scholarliness, I've always liked it. Perhaps because it is what I started out with. I also met the translator, Stephen Mitchell once when he spoke... Continue Reading →

Meditation practice not for the fainthearted

So glad to see that slowly, but surely the true nature of meditation is being talked about more openly. It unfortunately is still generally sugar-coated and romanticized in the mass-media. It can certainly bring many wonderful understandings and wellbeing into ones life but not without one being also willing and able to face the dark side of life as well. One cannot pick and choose. Real meditation is real life and opening up to it requires that one embrace both that which gets interpreted as beautiful and ugly.

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