Monthly Archives: March 2016

Are there songs for which you weep?

Greed comes in many forms. We most often think of it as an unnecessary desire for “too much” material acquisition. Of course, we can be greedy for anything-sex, power, knowledge. Among the Christian seven deadly sins, it is differentiated from … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude…an assassin’s blade

One of the most wonderful words to describe an emotion that is so poorly thought of by every tradition is schadenfreude. To my ear, it sounds onomatopoeic, a gentle hush with a chilling twist at the end, like an assassin’s … Continue reading

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Amazing grace

Defense mechanisms are among the most useful and, literally, the most dangerous aspects of our way of being in the world. A few we are most familiar with as a result of our own self observation, psych 101, or the … Continue reading

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Acedia, sloth, and the new lift

Monks and followers in most spiritual traditions are warned against the fault of laziness least it lead to the greater fault of what is called in Christian writings, acedia, one of the seven deadly sins. Acedia, sometimes called sloth, is … Continue reading

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Our memories are shaped…

Our memories are shaped by the nature of our present hopes and fears for the future as much as by events in our past. They are not like prehistoric animals preserved intact through the passage of years; they are better … Continue reading

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It is only because we are mortal…

Imagining the future is central to human existence. The angels in Wim Wender’s extraordinary films “Wings of Desire “(1987) and “Far Away, So Close” (1993) reside in eternity. Their one wish is to know what it is to be human. … Continue reading

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“drop the cursed pettiness…”

To be mindful of death is a common precept in all religious and consciousness traditions from East to West through the centuries. In various Buddhist teachings monks, while gazing upon a dead body or skeleton, are to reflect that “my … Continue reading

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What do you mean?

I don’t trust words. That’s a peculiar thing to say for somebody that writes books, poetry, and blogs. Or one whose profession is the hearing, reflection upon, interpretation, and commentary on speech is dependent upon them. I love words, their … Continue reading

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From womb to Room to tomb

SORRY SPOILER ALERT! Last week we saw  the Oscar nominated film,  Room, whose star Brie Larson won best female actor. On its surface, it is obviously a story of trauma, rescue, and recovery. A teen-ager in high school, Brie (Ma) … Continue reading

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