Thanksgiving Beyond Myself

This post was written earlier this year when the author was a high school senior.  It is republished here to give readers an opportunity for inner reflection as part of this year’s holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving.  Where there is gratitude, there is joy, and desire is silent for a moment. It is in our human nature to worry and hold fear in our bodies in order to protect ourselves. When I meditate, I feel those worries and fears lift away for a few minutes. When I become fully present to my... Read The Rest →

Deconstruction

“I’ve heard you are an atheist these days.” I’ve learned to smile. Statements like that abound. I laugh to myself because, in these moments, I actually find myself deeply in love with the Divine nature. I find myself releasing and relishing in it in ways I haven’t in a long time. I was recently asked what deconstruction is…  Let me be clear I am not a theologian. So, I answer it in the way I would answer it… When I was able to truly take a look at the construction... Read The Rest →

PILGRIMAGE

Recently, Michael had the opportunity to realize a long-held dream, following his dharma to participate in a retreat with a teacher that he has admired for several years.  Here, he chronicles his journey, along with the thoughts, reflections, and lessons that he experienced along the way. DAY 1 As I settle in to my airplane seat to embark on the first leg of my journey, I don’t exactly feel like a pilgrim.  Nevertheless, I am on a pilgrimage.  The flight will take me across the country, to Redwood City, California, to... Read The Rest →