Personal Growth

A Year Like No Other: Lessons for the New Year- India Adams

A Year Like No Other: Lessons for the New Year- India Adams

I’ve always considered myself to be both a very independent person and a very introverted one.When I was in my early-mid 20s I was especially entrenched in this view of myself, feeling like I needed to prove that I could handle everything on my own and that showing...

Finding My Way Into Conscious Menstruation- Taya Mâ Shere

Finding My Way Into Conscious Menstruation- Taya Mâ Shere

These past twenty years, menstrual-honoring practice has saved my life, and it has been at the crux of my spiritual practice. It hasn’t come simply or easily. One out of every four weeks I bawl at the drop of a hat and am an emotional rollercoaster. I am...

Walking Hunger Mountain- David Hinton

Walking Hunger Mountain- David Hinton

This video originally appeared at: https://www.shambhala.com/David Hinton’s many translations of classical Chinese poetry have earned wide acclaim for creating compelling contemporary poems that convey the texture and density of the originals. He is also the first...

In a Dark Time: I Believe in Night- Mark. S Burrows

In a Dark Time: I Believe in Night- Mark. S Burrows

“In a dark time, the eye begins to see. . .” - Theodore Roethke[1] We no longer know much about darkness. We’ve harnessed the light in every conceivable form, unleashing it against the night’s power to unsettle us by obscuring every trace of the visible. Most of us,...

Say This Isn’t The End: A Poem for Sunday – Richard Blanco

Say This Isn’t The End: A Poem for Sunday – Richard Blanco

... say we live on, say we’ll forget the masks that kept us from dying from the invisible, but say we won’t ever forget the invisible masks we realized we had been wearing most our lives, disguising ourselves from each other. Say we won’t veil ourselves again, that...

Mirror, Mirror: Gazing Through Ancestral Eyes – Taya Mâ Shere

Mirror, Mirror: Gazing Through Ancestral Eyes – Taya Mâ Shere

When I was 4, I drew a dot on a piece of paper and told my mom it should be hung in an art museum. She asked my nursery school teacher if she should be concerned that my self-esteem was too high, and my teacher said, definitely not, keep doing what you are doing, the...

Display of Pure Magic – Mary Reynolds Thompson

Display of Pure Magic – Mary Reynolds Thompson

July 4th. Illegal fireworks shatter the night’s quiet and spark hundreds of fires all over the tinder-dry Bay Area. My husband and I curl in bed listening anxiously, sniffing the air for smoke. The trees outside our window seem almost to hold their breath. Everything...

How, Then, Do You Choose to Live? – Trebbe Johnson

How, Then, Do You Choose to Live? – Trebbe Johnson

Human existence feels very fragile these days, stripped of any formerly reassuring belief system or sense of security that we had thought capable of keeping us safe. Every one of us on the planet, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or social background, finds...

Hold On: Old Songs for Right Now – Kathy Bullock

Hold On: Old Songs for Right Now – Kathy Bullock

is a professor of music at Berea College in Kentucky, where she teaches theory and ethnomusicology and directs the Black Music Ensemble. She performs, lectures, and leads workshops in the US, western and southern Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean. She and her sisters...

Stranger Days, Still – by Stephen Jenkinson

Stranger Days, Still – by Stephen Jenkinson

A live recorded talk with Stephen Jenkinson. Recorded May 2020 on the shores of the River of Abundance and Time in Tramore, Canada.is an activist, teacher, and author of Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble and the award-winning Die Wise: A...

Sex in an Era of Physical Distancing – by Taya Mâ

Sex in an Era of Physical Distancing – by Taya Mâ

Just Because You Are Distancing Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Get It On OPTIMIZING TECH-SEX IN AN ERA OF PHYSICAL DISTANCING Some of you are holed up in a small space with way too many people for your comfort. Some of you aren’t gonna see any other people for a very long...