Monthly Archives: September 2011

Re-envisioning the Vows

The last thing most people want to do is to “vow” themselves to something – an organization, a religion, a spiritual teacher. Rightfully so. There are too many examples of the abuse of power perpetrated in the name of spirituality. … Continue reading

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The Vow of Obedience

It is no surprise that the vow of obedience is perhaps the most controversial of the five vows. After all, no one likes to be told what to do. There is however a deeper, more real aspect of this vow … Continue reading

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The Vow of Purity

The troposphere is that part of the earth’s atmosphere that lies closest to the surface of the planet. It is usually about eleven miles thick, a little more at the equator and substantially less at the poles. From space, it … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

There are many kinds of goals. The obvious ones are easy: to lose weight, to find a partner, to get rich. These you might call instinctual goals, because they all have to do with survival. Then there are goals that … Continue reading

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Service – The Art of Doing Nothing

The hardest thing to do is nothing. You cannot truly be of service to another person until you master the art of doing nothing. It’s easy to jump in and “provide” what you think is needed, but the world groans … Continue reading

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