The Spine of the Night

By Chris van der Weide We walk without sight On the spine of the night Despite the fright that every ever-so-slight misstep might slide Might slip, flip, whip, and dip Our hearts in the vast unknown In the never before shown Infinite space, in which no trace Of past exists No maps, no routes, no […]

meditation benefits

By Dominique Didinal   “OH, MY GOODNESS—How are you staying so calm??!?!! I would be so panicked if I were you!” Says one of my friends, not overly reassuringly… I’m on a tropical island paradise approximately 6000 miles from home and unable to walk properly because of a severe sea urchin sting on the sole […]

By Dee Lee I was trying to nap in the back seat when the car hit the barrier and started to skid. Instead of the predictable survival response of fight-or-flight, a much deeper impulse arose. The mind went blank and, with eyes still closed, I heard myself calmly utter: “Your will, not mine.” A simple, […]

Integrating Daily Life into Spirituality

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier   You just had a life-altering experience that turned your world upside down. It made you look at life from a whole new perspective. Suddenly, you experience things differently. You start living life inside out, instead of the other way around. Maybe you just entered your first (second, third, or more) […]

By Chris van der Weide   Fear “Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” -Rumi It is still dark outside. Disoriented, I wake up from the sound of my partner slamming the bathroom door. Immediately and with delicate […]

highly sensitive person, hsp

By Uma Esmeralda Ritstier   I Am Highly Sensitive Are you? Please just stop for a moment. Breathe. And promise you’ll never ever say that again. Saying “I am highly sensitive” is exactly how the struggle continues. By affirming this, you just put another label on yourself (one of the many you have already collected over […]

true man; intimacy; real man

By Sol Lys   Last week, I was invited into a men’s group on Facebook. The group is a space for sharing with other men. In the group, one of the members asked other men to share their perspectives on manhood and what it means to be a “real man.” Lately, I have been reflecting […]

The Spine of the Night

By Beata Kucienska   “Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the dawn, Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in the Beloved!” –St. John of the Cross   Before the first taste of awakening, human life is driven by constant, underground fear. Most of our actions are aimed at […]

yogis guide to trump; non-reactivity

By Keralee Froebel “How can you win if you ain’t right within?” –Lauryn Hill “This is just a part of my nature and everyone’s nature, to offer oneself to serve at the critical moment when the emergency becomes articulate.” –Leonard Cohen   In homeopathy, there is a concept of “proving,” or determining whether or not […]

By Molly Hock   Bombings in Iraq. Racism and police violence in America. Attack after attack in Istanbul. Violence and killings leading to genocide in Burma. Thousands stranded in Greece. Bombings in Cairo. Hate crimes in England. My heart cries for the lives lost and the lives touched by the recent violence in Germany. My soul […]

By Beata Kucienska The Story of Inner Transformation The great stories cherished by humanity contain the essence of life. The most unforgettable stories are those that express the deepest pains and longings of the human heart. We read and watch these stories to connect to ourselves, to feel what is hiding behind the masks of […]

By Claudiu Vaduva On Christmas Day, I would love to inspire you with a beautiful talk about Christ Consciousness. An even deeper longing is to show you, to invite you, near your own heart so that you may directly feel the radiance of this anointed one. I invite you to experience this intuition, which is […]

Who am I?

By Natasha Friedman The Yearning of Spiritual Aspiration A student goes to his teacher in ancient India. He asks, “When will I reach enlightenment?” The teacher leads him to a river, takes him out in a rowboat, and asks him to jump overboard. When he does, the teacher thrusts the student’s head under the water […]

lester levenson an insight on love

By Beata Kucienska My Experience in the Yazidi Refugee Camp in Greece People in the Yazidi refugee camp look straight into your eyes. They can do it for minutes. As if they weren’t ashamed of anything. As if they had nothing to hide. Their eyes are like big, quiet mirrors… sheets of mild water… windows […]