Tag Archive for ‘Jesus’

Getting Comfortable with Discomfort

There is a tendency in us to shy away from certain people. Something in our minds says No. We push them away. Often they’re the kind ones, the beautiful souls. I’m not talking about what your gut says, because your gut is usually right. I’m talking about what your head says. We see, too often, with our face-eyes, and not with our hearts. We judge, and we select. We say, Good to […]

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The Laying on of Hands

The power of touch is indescribable. There are no words. It is human connection at its most visceral, primal, important level. Can you imagine a child going through his life without anyone to hug him? Touch, primarily, is what drew me to reading about Jesus. He was a healer. He touched people’s bodies, and he touched their hearts—he saw their wounds, he made them new. I don’t know why we […]

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Those Who Love the Darkness

Many people in this world love the darkness. They love shadows and greed and corruption and evil. They worship money and status and the desire to control others. We are in a very dark time. How else would such an evil person become the American president? People who call themselves Christians are often the worst of all. Instead of relying on their own inner compass, exposing themselves before the glaring […]

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Walking the Tightrope

  Trust that everything that happens to you happens for a higher good. Everything has meaning, and nothing does. The pain in your life is a contraction that’s unavoidable. But it is also the path to new birth. You are being born again, all the time, every moment of your life. You’re often just not aware of it. We can’t control people’s actions, and we can’t control the things that […]

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Where Happiness Lies

A lot of people think a life of devotion, a life of faith, means rigidity and strict rules. That to believe in God and submit to a higher Will makes you unhappy and confined. That could not be farther from the truth. My experience of Christianity, enriched by my community of Quakers, yogis, and mystics, is that faith opens everything up to greater depth and beauty and wholeness. It does […]

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Hippie Love

Yesterday, my friend Lauren told me I was a hippie. “Really?” I said. I don’t know how it came up, but somehow I was telling her that the house where I babysit has a sign that says “Hippies Welcome,” and my son asked what being a hippie meant. I didn’t know how to describe it. “Just tell him, you,” she said. I laughed as she reminded me that two weeks […]

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