Posts by paul

On relationship,love and sex

I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other. For, if it lies in the nature of indifference and of the crowd to recognize no solitude, then love and friendship are there for the purpose of continually providing the opportunity for solitude. And only those are the true sharings which rhythmically interrupt periods of...

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Love’s Camel

“Beware of confining yourself to a particular belief and denying all else, for much good would elude you – indeed, the knowledge of reality would elude you. Be in yourself a matter for all forms of belief, for God is too vast and tremendous to be restricted to one belief rather than another.” “My heart has become capable of every form: It is a pasture for gazelles And a monastery for...

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The Altar of This Moment

Thailand 1 – by Michael Durbin Place everything you can perceive— Everything you can See, Hear, Smell, Taste, Or touch, Upon the altar of this moment And give thanks. It is over so soon— This expression, This single moment of your precious life, This one heart pounding itself open with fear or wild joy, This one breath rising in the cold winter air smoothly and gently or coughing and...

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Here I am Again

Here I am again, Lord, offering you the fruit of all my actions.   I do this knowing you are the tree on which the fruit grows sweet and ripe..  You are the soil,roots, and limbs, rainfall, sunlight, soft night wind.  I’ve come to realize that my only gift is the nectar of your love, distilled, expressed, and offered back through all my acts, and simply through my being. What I give you...

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If You Listen

If you listen Not to the pages or preachers But to the smallest flower Growing from a crack In your heart, You will hear a great song Moving across a wide ocean Whose water is the music Connecting all the islands Of the universe together, And touching all You will feel it Touching you Around you Embracing you With light. – John...

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Money and Separation

Photo by Alain Pham on Unsplash Today’s usury-money is part of a story of separation in which “more for me is less for you”  that is the essence of interest: I will only “share” money with you if I end up with even more of it in return.  On the systemic level as well, interest on money creates competition, anxiety,and the polarization of wealth.  Meanwhile, the...

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Human only….

Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human-made technologies that only reflect us back to ourselves, it is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inherence in a more-than-human matrix of sensations and sensibilities. Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, sounds, and shapes of an animate earth — our eyes have...

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I Had To Seek The Physician

I had to seek the Physician because of the pain this world caused me. I could not believe what happened when I got there – I found my Teacher. Before I left, he said, “Up for a little homework, yet?” “Okay,” I replied.”Well then, try thanking all the people who have caused you pain. They helped you come...

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Say it!….

.. that to find beauty in everyone you must see beauty in everyone, then announce that you see it for, in announcing it, you place it there in their reality. Do not miss a single chance — not one single opportunity — to tell someone how wonderful they are, how special they are, how important to you they are, how incredible as a person they are, how beautiful they are inside and...

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And what of life?

“And what of life?”  Why are we here at all?” they asked. And the old ones answered, that life is a series of lessons to be learned. “But why all the suffering that haunts us throughout our years?” they questioned. “We didn’t ask to be born.  Why must we pay such a price for this consciousness?” “You were never born.” they were told. ...

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