Personal Process in the Questioning

In the spirit of the New Year and in timing with recent highlighted social issues and the Golden Globes, I’d like to give some space here to Daphne Merkin in her attempt to provide some context and wider perspective. I’ve often appreciated her subtle and keen observations on human experience, including her in-depth, honest considerations…

A Great Conversation

“In old notions of growth and development there was always this idea…that somehow we needed something to push against in order to grow. Now there’s almost a feeling that growth should be delivered to us… “Around us, the forces are not kind in terms of either recognizing, awakening or encouraging beauty. But, actually, this should…

Kintsugi

“I started to reflect quietly on my journey…looking at the place I am now. My heart had broken in so many pieces, I never thought it could be mended. And yet, it has…one thread of gold at a time, one thread of love at a time. I remember your talking about alchemy. I think I…

“Silences in which you can actually breathe again”

“… Silences in which you can actually breathe again, and breathe in a way in which your body is not tense or set against the world — you know? A silence in which there’s a sense of spaciousness and of discovery … “There’s a way in which we’ve been treating ourselves as some kind of…

Human Endeavor

The greatest human endeavor is to bring imagination’s yearning into the preset limitations of a circumstance that won’t allow for it. You could say that this is how we create heaven on earth, at least for and in that moment. Photo from Aleppo by Joseph Eid

What good training have I done today?

“Many, many thanks for the recent seminar. As with all the previous events, I found it overflowing with so much of what I consider to be excellent, necessary, useful and precious content. I’ve been thinking about the weekend and going over my notes on and off since then and I’m constantly amazed at the sheer…

Supple, Enduring Concentration

“I’ve enjoyed some time not only on your blog but also the other pages that have come up. The music playlists are a welcome addition to the early morning hours. Sitting quietly with your thoughts on information, consumption, and curious about how that all fits into morning contemplations… It seems like for years now I’ve…