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The Water Actually Spoke

In 1978, 23 years old and married half a year, Naomi and I spent nearly 3 months living in a rough cabin, perhaps 6 feet by 8 feet in size, surrounded on three sides by the BWCA. The BWCA is … Continue reading

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4. Trailblazing the Human Condition

The phone rang.  It was my mother calling long distance from Sun City.  In the spring of 1996 my mother was in the early stages of dementia.  While I enjoyed talking with her – being her friend, counselor, and helping … Continue reading

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3. Chronic Conditions Create an Opportunity for Deep Pilgrimage

I felt in need of a great pilgrimage/ So I sat still for three days/ And God came to me. ~Kabir Folks with chronic/physically limiting conditions might consider Kabir’s quote as a necessary suggestion.  Pain or hardship can become a … Continue reading

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2. Gilgamesh: A Dream Explanation of Chronic Pain

In June of 1988 I had a dream in which I took a hold of a book entitled GILGAMESH.  I looked at the title for a long time, then I heard the words, “You are wounded and re-wounded in Gilgamesh.”  … Continue reading

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Stop the Charging Moose

“Stop the charging bull,” A Zen master commands.  It’s a koan, and you can’t reason with it. You’re on your own, with only your original face to guide you.  You can no more stop a charging bull than you can … Continue reading

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