on the nature of mind
ONE just beyond the thinking mind is an unending field of love and quiet beauty one can lie down there and live in eternity this field cannot be seen by the mind it cannot be known by the mind it can only be found and felt through Silence the thinking mind cannot know this kind of beauty and wonder the thinking mind has no feeling it has no soul it can only calculate distance and weight and price the thinking mind does not love it does not laugh it does not cry the thinking mind ... Read more

Pope Francis: the issue is not women
Somehow, somewhere I became hypersensitive to the ways in which girls and women throughout the world are disrespected, degraded, abused, violated, imprisoned, sold, raped, tortured, and killed. I ... Read more
Healing the World is Possible
I know how to heal the world. I’ve known for 40 years. It’s simple but I don’t know if we’ll do it. I don’t know if it’s possible since it seems we prefer being sick, wounded, hungry ... Read more
Connection is the Whole Deal
Of the many sudden, almost fierce, insights I've had post-terminal cancer diagnosis was the realization of how rarely I had connected with people throughout my life. I mean deeply and truly connected; connected as if the only thing that ever existed was that moment, with that person or those people. I saw that my connections with people were often utilitarian and business-like, with one eye on the person or people I was speaking with, and one eye on the clock and my calendar, projects, and ambit... Read more
A Zen Kid
Some years ago, I was babysitting Leah, the five-year-old daughter of a friend. Leah and I were good pals. She was a little edgy that afternoon, and at one point started to cry, wanting to know when her mom would be back. Trying to console her, I stroked her hair and whispered as reassuringly as I could, "Leah, your mom will be home in exactly one hour." Leah straightened up, stopped crying, looked me dead in the eyes, and asked, "When is an hour? Is that now?"   Read more
Things are not nearly so comprehensible . . .
"Things are not nearly so comprehensible and sayable as we are generally made to believe. Most experiences are unsayable; they come to fullness in a realm that words do not inhabit. And most unsayable of all are works of art, which — alongside our transient lives — mysteriously endure." — Rainer Maria Rilke, from Letters to a Young Poet   Read more
Ellen Page Brings it Big Time
I hold the philosophy that speaking truthfully, the fourth principle of The 5 Principles of Authentic Living, is first and foremost an act of self-revelation, showing one's true character through vulnerability, transparency, and courage. Here is a wonderful example of this kind of speaking, by the young actress Ellen Page, speaking at a recent Time to Thrive conference. Ellen's talk is extraordinary in its honesty, beauty, and truthfulness.   Read more
We Know More Than We Think
Sometime during the '90s, I led a two-day executive retreat with a ropes course component for one of my corporate clients. As there were only eight participants, remembering names should not have been a problem for me. But it was. One of the participant’s name was Michelle. Every time I started to address her, the name “Melanie” formed in my mouth. Whether we were out on the ropes course, at meals, or in the classroom, I could never get her name right. I was like a crazy pitcher who... Read more
Witnessing Awareness
There are two distinct ways of being. We can live in the excitement of thought and words and memory, or we can live in the silence which witnesses those. This is what the first principle of authentic living, Be Present, refers to: the silence which witnesses the thought stream and offers protection from its incessant noise and demands. This first way of being is preoccupied with creating a bigger and better life, a passionate and purposeful life, an aspiring life. One lives within the identit... Read more
Kevin Durant's Example
I am always on the lookout for speakers who exemplify one or more of the principles I teach in my Speak Truthfully programs. A major principle is what I call vulnerability, by which I mean that one's speaking should reveal authentic aspects of the speaker. The popular, and misguided, notion of the primary purpose of public speaking — especially in business, government, and media circles — is to transmit information. For me, one of the main purposes of public speaking is to reveal the nature,... Read more
Letter to High School Students from Kurt Vonnegut
In 2006, a group of high school students asked celebrated author Kurt Vonnegut to visit their school. His letter response struck me as being a wonderful prescription for authentic living. I used to read some of Mr. Vonnegut's novels while living in an ashram. Though it was not on the recommended spiritual reading list, I found his humanity, decency, common sense, and humor to be very enlightening! So is his letter to high school students. Dear Xavier High School, and Ms. Lockwood, and M... Read more
Mental Flight
Here, now, is an origin.  We are poised always at the threshold Of an unknown, unwritten, unforeseen act. Let's gather ourselves together, Clear our minds, Make ourselves present to ourselves And to our age. That we be focused on this stage. That we concentrate and listen. That we prepare ourselves in seriousness, and with joy. Let's be wonderfully awake for what we are going to create, To make happen in this mass co-scripting of the future. Might we choose t... Read more
Darshan with Bhagawan Nityananda
In 2003, I was walking along Stinson Beach, north of San Francisco. I was trying to figure out how to raise money for a project I wanted to launch. Suddenly, right there in broad daylight and on the sandy crescent of Stinson Beach, a tall nearly-naked Indian man appeared. I recognized him from pictures. He was called Bhagawan Nityananda, and lived here on Earth up until 1961. He was a great and eccentric sage, the guru of my teacher. He stood in front of me and said, "You have reached a p... Read more

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