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On Changing Ourselves

The foundational change we must make in order to change our lives is to change our relationship to ourselves.
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On a Name

My name is growing all the time, and I've lived a very long, long time; so my name is like a story.
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On Being Seen

Fear is paralyzing, but hope liberates. Hope is an act of creation, an act of connection, an act of determination to imagine new ways of seeing and being in the world.
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On Generosity

Generosity is more than just 'giving up.' Generosity generates its power from the gesture of letting go.
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On Serendipity

The element of serendipity matched with the thread of constraint can produce marvelous results.
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On Silence & Laughter

In silence, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with words. In laughter, there is a depth of communion that trumps what we can achieve with solemnity.
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On Shutting Out

If you practice Zen meditation for long periods of time, you may be criticized by friends and relatives who feel you are shutting them out. Ignore these people.
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On Baltimore

We speak little, sit in silence and grief, and we reach out in compassion. What a beautiful response. How I wish it were not restricted to natural catastrophes.
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On Sustained Witnessing

If the moral arc of the universe is long, as Martin Luther King so famously said, than our witnessing has to be sustained.
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On Ritual

A ritual contributes spiritual elevation to an ordinary deed as a poem ennobles casual language

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