Beliefs: Gateways or Traps?

“The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.” -Pema Chodron, Buddhist Nun “We have been raised to have beliefs; that means we have conclusions rather than experience.” –Richard Rohr, Catholic Priest Definition of a Belief: Something I know to be true, but I can’t scientifically or objectively prove.


I was recently invited to speak to a group of inmates on the subject of loyalty. After accepting, I realized how little I knew about the subject. So I did some research. The dictionary gives 3 components of loyalty: there must be a cause to be loyal to, there must be a steadfast allegiance to …

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Happy Guru Purnima

Guru:  that which brings understanding to our ignorance. Found:  in a child’s wonder, a teacher’s guidance, an inspirational reading, a friend’s empathy, an embodied person, the teacher within…. The Guru is the hidden force in a poem, a person, a gaze, or a conversation that lifts our spirits, inspires us to be greater than we …

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I have been reading Philip Shepherd’s book New Self New World.  Along with many other observations, Shepherd notes that when humans learned how to build houses, the result was they successfully “created a space…that securely shut out the world of nature”.  Emphasizing this point, Shepherd adds that the Warumungu of Australia called white men “enclosure …

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