Category Archives: Reflections

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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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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Waking With Pain

In a land far removed from our time and dominant materialist view, there lived a very old wizard — old enough to retire and gather a wizard’s pension.  One day he was visited by a friend and colleague, who asked: … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Spiritual Musings

Fourth of July Aurora Fireworks When I was 23 years old, I was the director of the Gunflint Wilderness Camp, a small camp literally surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota near the Canadian border. On the … Continue reading

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