The Natural Contemplative

Ask the animals and they will teach you

 

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Essays and Other Writing

You are not the self you know. Look at your self.
The self you know is smoke. You are the living flame of love.

 

In addition to the essays here, you can read The Natural Contemplative Weblog and the complete Weblog Archive. Podcast versions of some of these essays are also available

 

Introduction to Essays

 

Contemplation for a World in Crisis

"This is the contemplative revolution, a fundamental change of perspective, a complete reorientation, giving up the illusion of control and allowing the inexplicably real to live and breathe within us and around us."

 

Waves of Stillness

"Remembering the stillness at the heart of our own lives reunites us with everything. "

 

Me or Not Me?

"Who am I in reality, as opposed to who or what I think I am or think I should be?"

 

What is a Contemplative?

"They call us to lay hold of what really matters..."

 

Choosing Life

"For the body is one, and has many members."

 

What Can We Do To Help The Whales?

" I think the most critical thing, and it can and must happen right alongside all the practical things that need to be done, is to turn and face yourself very honestly."

 

The People of the Sea (a story)

"Most books about seals say nothing about their singing abilities. And I think scientists have been a little slow to accept the fact that seals sing beautiful tunes in the air. That is because the seals seem to be a little choosy about their audience."

 

The Living Flame of Love: Meditations on Meditation

"Love knows how to surround hate in a way that neither frightens it back into the depths, nor adds to its force. But this love arises of its own accord."

 

Gracias, Gracias

"I lose track of myself again, and a way that feels like no way clears before me, and I return to a home I never knew I had left. I come home to love. And nothing else matters."

 


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