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Divine Conversations: Reflections

This post is part of a creative writing project, which has been divinely inspired by my recent studies in Chinese and Japanese philosophy.   It is a warm spring day.   Teacher says, The sun makes such a difference. Truly.   Student replies, Your eyes must be dancing.   Teacher exclaims, Oh they are...

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Divine Conversations: Stormy Weather

This post is part of a creative writing project, which has been divinely inspired by my recent studies in Chinese and Japanese philosophy.   Student and teacher discussing the waves of life.   Teacher reminds, "Storms come, but Baruach Hashem, they always pass."   Thoughts for reflection: Consider a current storm in...

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Divine Conversations: Listening

This post is part of a creative writing project, which has been divinely inspired by my recent studies in Chinese and Japanese philosophy.   Teacher asks, What is listening?   Student replies, It is truly hearing. It is open hearted with no response ready to go in the mind so...

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Guest Post: The Poet

Do not imagine. Accept the world as it is. Accept the traditions you were born into. You cannot change them. Accept your place in society. As a woman, you must breed and care for your children, nothing more. As a man, you must work and...

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The Practice of the Present

For nearly 300 days, I have been engaged in a daily practice which I refer to as The Practice of the Present. The practice is anchored to and named after a guided meditation called Presence by my teacher Claudia Van Buren which I'm honoured share...

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Your Breath. Your Fuel.

Our bodies have been designed in an incredible way. So many of our bodily functions happen automatically without us directing, influencing or needing to control them. Our hearts beat and pump blood throughout the body. Our digestive system processes food and converts it to energy...

Happiness.

This is final post of our series on Emotions, in which we have explored Jealousy, Sadness, and Anger (a few months earlier), and are now ready to finish on Happiness!   When asked “What is happiness?” Aristotle said, “Happiness depends on you.” In other words, Aristotle...

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