My Mind is Like a Clear Blue Sky

My dear friend Katy Brennan teaches a weekly meditation class at Kadampa Meditation Center NYC. Prior to each class, she sends an email reminder to regular students. This week's reminder really resonated with me and Katy graciously agreed to allow me to share it with my readers. I hope that it strikes a chord with …

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Judgment, Acceptance and Compassion

I’ve been dealing with self-judgment a lot lately, and rereading this post reminded me that a) this isn’t a new issue for me and b) that I have tools to deal with it.

Eclectic Spirituality

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

Matthew 7:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

People in 12-step recovery refer to personality flaws as “character defects.” Character defects are similar to the Judeo/Christian concept of sin in that they act as barriers between us and the Divine. They also tend to separate us from other human beings. Morever, they separate us from ourselves and keep us from becoming the best that we can be.

My biggest character defect is judgement. My Judge-O-Meter runs constantly and no one, especially myself, is exempt. This criticism often comes in the guise of “shoulds.” I should have…

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Reflections on the Worst Year Ever

All good things must come to an end and so too…bad things.Jason Versey I think that most people would agree that 2020 was the worst year in recent memory. The Coronavirus, relentless political drama, racial injustice, the most named storms in history, murder hornets… If 2020 had been pitched as a movie concept, Hollywood would …

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they can do so much that i cannot

I was deeply moved by this poem, which appeared on the blog Timeless Classics, Poetry and Prose by Ana Daksina. If it speaks to you, too, please show her some love by following her blog.

Timeless Classics


little blades of grass
can turn sunshine
straight into food

no planting
no weeding
no harvesting
no storing
no killing

sure wish i could do that

king penguins
for six months
of every year
in subzero temperatures
without nourishment
balancing one precious egg
on their feet


that little shrimp over there?
sees in thirteen

this whale
has memorized
the sung history
of its species

and that tree?
just look at it
standing seventy five feet tall
without a wobble…

if somebody around here
really has given
myself and my kind

well first i think

i’d better
a little respect

The poet/editor of this website is physically disabled, lives at a fraction of her nation’s poverty level, and is presently homeless. Contributions may be made at:

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Creativity in the Time of Corona

One of my beloved dharma teachers, Katy Brennan, leads a lunchtime meditation every Thursday at the Kadampa Meditation Center NYC. Because of the pandemic, she now conducts her class via live streaming video. She sent the following dharma thoughts to her core students prior to today's class. It's so beautifully written (no surprise, since Katy …

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