“There is a sacredness in tears,” writes American author Washington Irving. “They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.” But how so? I want to approach this question from three different angles, and the angles will then converge and take us straight to where we […]

What does it mean to be a spiritual being having a human experience? In every place, and in every time, where people engage the depths and heights of their best and most enlightened values and aspirations—when people try to transcend—what do we find? This is the key religious question we’re diving deep into, over the […]

I wonder if you’ve been feeling your way through the darkness.  I wonder about the quality if your darkness.  Is it masking what you wish to keep hidden?   Is it a relief, to hide within?  Do you know where you are going, or is it unbound and terrifying, without direction or end? In my little […]

The silent snow comes down white and weightless; snowfall makes no noise, falls as forgetting falls, flake after flake. These words of Miguel de Unamuno help me to understand my experience this past Friday when the snow fell. I felt divided in two. One part understood instinctively that it was a time to get out […]

Listen to two stories that illustrate how ancient cultures prized reverence as one of the highest virtues. The first comes from the Pygmy people of the Central African nation of the Congo Republic. Once upon a time, a young boy heard the most beautiful song coming from the forest. The song was so beautiful, he […]