“There was no room at the inn, but God came anyway.”*

I just remember their kindness and goodness to me, and their peacefulness and their utter simplicity. They inspired real reverence, and I think, in a way, they were certainly saints. And they were saints in that most effective and telling way: sanctified by leading ordinary lives in a completely supernatural manner, sanctified by obscurity, by …

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Mudita — Joy for Others

He who dies with the most toys wins. -- Malcolm Forbes If you're one of my loyal readers, you have undoubtedly heard me refer to metta -- or lovingkindness -- many times. I generally think of metta in terms of the meditation practice, but the word itself refers to one of the four Brahma Viharas, the highest, most divine …

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Shine On

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches I consider Eclectic Spirituality.blog to be a sacred space where I attempt to articulate my beliefs, share thoughtful and thought-provoking spiritual posts from …

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“My” Meditation Teacher: Bart van Melik

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. -- Anonymous Several years ago, I attended a Chinese-speaking temple for several months with our dear neighbor Melissa. The abbess and congregants went out of their way to ensure that I always knew what was going on by providing a translator for me, and they couldn't …

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