If there are any Trump supporters reading this, I urgently advise you, before you read any farther, to place across both knees a large book like Gray’s Anatomy or the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary, because I can guarantee that at some point, your knee will jerk, which could cause you to kick your coffee table over or result in a shoe flying off your foot and through your TV screen. There … you have been warned. (You might also reflexively shout in a Terminator or Robbie-the-Robot voice “Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law … Godwin’s Law”, but unless you disturb your neighbors, no harm / no foul.) Why? Because this “Skeptic’s” column is about parallels, which I insist are neither gratuitous nor imaginary nor fictitious, between Donald Trump and Adolf Hitler. I would also recommend that y...
I read a review copy of a novel called Echoes of Family by Barbara Claypool White this week. It wasn't a spiritual book, but reading it was a spiritual experience.
It tells the story of a British woman who had moved to North Carolina with her family after some painful experiences and a diagnosis of bipolar 1 disorder when she was a teenager. Thirty years later, she finds herself back where she started--in the English village where her life began to unravel.
She finds herself back with her childhood best friend and first love Gabriel. Gabriel called her "Nightjar" when they were together which I gathered was some kind of bird I had never heard of. She holds that memory close to her over the years by calling the recording company she starts Nightjar. She wants to give hope to troub...
Tomorrow you'll be brave, you say? Fool! Dive today
From the cliff of what you know into what you can't know.
You fear the rocks? Better men than you have died on them;
Dying on Love's rocks is nobler than a life of death.
- Jalal-ud-Din Rumi
(Translated by Andrew Harvey from A Year of Rumi,
Daily OM, May 7, 2016 )
It is always “tomorrow” for me, I always want to put off taking that risk until tomorrow. Maybe that is why this saying of Rumi’s means so much to me that I want to share it with you. This week I am offering Rumi’s saying for meditation with Lectio Divina.
Place yourself in a comfortable position and allow yourself to become silent. Focus for a few moments on your breathing; or use a “prayer word” or “prayer phrase" as you gently and gradually center your ...