Category Archives: Waking Up

C.S. Lewis & Ken Wilber on My Truth, Your Truth, and Morality

. “The moment you say that one set of moral ideas can be better, you are in fact, measuring them both by a standard, saying that one of them conforms to that standard more nearly than the other.  But the … Continue reading

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Commentary on “The Success Indicator” by MaryEllen Tribby

. . The chart above is a chart that I have recently seen reblogged on a couple of blogs I follow Part of Love–part of what distinguishes becoming a more genuinely Loving human being from becoming merely a kinder … Continue reading

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Why Peace Is Difficult (If Not Impossible)

Begin by drawing a circle. Outside of the circle, begin a list of everything you don’t like, that irks you, that spins you out or floods you emotionally; everything that is contrary to your tastes, preferences, temperament, beliefs, principles; everything … Continue reading

Posted in B4Peace, Bloggers for Peace, Comfort Zone, Critical Thinking, Criticism, Discomfort Zone, Personal Growth, Perspective, R. D. Laing, The Examined Life, Thomas Merton, Truth, Waking Up | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Self-Acceptance (& Which of Our Possible Selves to Accept)

“Your god-self does not dwell alone in your being.  Much in you is still man, and much in you is not yet man, but a shapeless pygmy that walks asleep in the mist searching for its own awakening.” – Kahlil … Continue reading

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The Serenity Prayer, Self-Acceptance & Self-Care, and Discernment

. DISCERNMENT.  (Noun.)  A core component of wisdom.  The ability to make fine yet profound/crucial distinctions; the ability to see (comprehend) more clearly what is unclear and obscure. The Serenity Prayer (as it applies to ourselves) God, grant me the … Continue reading

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When It Comes to Love & Your Relationships Are You Committed or Just Interested?

. . There’s a difference between being interested in something and being committed to something.  When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient.  When you’re committed to something, you make the time to do it. … Continue reading

Posted in Kenneth Blanchard, Love is a Commitment, Love is Not a Feeling, Mature Love, Mental Health, Personal Growth, Real Love, Spiritual Growth, The Examined Life, Truth, Waking Up, What is Love? | Tagged , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

Only He Who Takes Off His Shoes Truly Loves (On Noticing — & Noticing What We’re Normally Not Noticing)

. Earth’s crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God, But only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round and pluck blackberries. ― Elizabeth Barrett Browning . This poem by Barrett Browning was inspired … Continue reading

Posted in "When Death Comes", Albert Camus, Amazement, Attention, Beauty, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Exodus, Goethe, Josh Bell, Love, Marcel Proust, Mary Oliver, Mindfulness, Noticing, Photography, Thomas Merton, Truth, Waking Up, What is Love? | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Distraction & Love

David Kanigan, over at Lead.Learn.Live, this morning posted this excerpt from a book by Tony Schwartz .  I read it and commented.  I’m reposting my commenting here as well, because it goes to the heart of what I write about on … Continue reading

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Vase or Faces: Is Life Fundamentally Easy; Difficult; or Both?

. How do you view life—as something that fundamentally is supposed to be easy (which means that difficulty and hardship are aberrations)?  Or is life something that is essentially / fundamentally difficult and painful, a struggle (“life is suffering” said … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King on Love (and Loving the Enemy)

The meaning of love is not to be confused with some sentimental outpouring. Love is much deeper than emotional bosh. Jesus said, “Love your enemies.” We should be happy that he did not say, “Like your enemies.” It is almost … Continue reading

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