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Meeting the Moment as a Friend This is one of my favorite practices. It's one that Sylvia Boorstein, one of our Living Spiritual Teachers, uses regularly — reciting, usually silently, these two sentences: "May I meet this mo…
Why People Don't Have Hobbies Tim Wu's excellent opinion piece last fall in The New York Times, "In Praise of Mediocrity," has stuck with me because he talks about why people don't have a hobby — and I am one of those people. …
What We Think after 2017 In its December 22 - December 29, 2017 print issue, The Week sums up the odd mixture of trends, events, and cultural phenomena of the last year as seen through a potpourri of polls. Here are some of…
The Clatter of the Hospital Room It rattles us that there is too much noise and too little silence in our society. Of course we live in New York City, a wild and raucous place where jack-hammers are tearing up the streets for new p…
Running as a Spiritual Practice As a boy I loved to run just for the sheer animal pleasure of it. There was something magical about moving my body – the feet flying, the churning of the legs, the pumping of the heart, and the ra…
The Doldrums and a Nap In the perspective of the Christian monastic tradition, time is a precious gift of God in which there are places for both activity and pauses. I try to keep that in mind as I rise to greet the new d…
Paying Attention, Prayer Flags, and Relaxing Yourself As the summer sun bears down upon us, I turn to the ever edifying and adventuresome harvest of quotations from the books I read and recommend. The first two are from Barbara Brown Taylor, an Angl…
"C" Is for Compassion “Through compassion, we conquer the numbness and the daze which keeps us closed off from the messes and miseries of the world.” — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spiritual Literacy Th…