What is the single most destructive influence in our society? There are so many stellar candidates out there – but in all honesty I’d be tempted to point the finger at our idea of success. We have somehow married ourselves to an idea of success that doesn’t have anything to do with wholeness – as … [Read more...] about To be wholly successful …
In late June I went to England with my daughter for a two-week cycling trip. At the halfway mark we had lunch with Rowan Williams, recently retired as the Archbishop of Canterbury. I treasured our visit with him – the sheer delight of sharing the company of someone as down to earth, humorous, … [Read more...] about Divine Embodiment
Fresh off a workshop in Toronto that was extraordinary in every way (the participants, the venue and the work that was done), I’m heading off tomorrow to present at an academic conference in England (on “Consciousness, Theatre, Literature and the Arts”), after which I’ll be joined by my daughter for … [Read more...] about Foreground and Background
The real challenge any of us faces isn’t a matter of figuring out how to live, or how to see the world, or how to think about life – although exploring these issues is a fruitful part of being human. What’s finally crucial to understand is that the real challenge we face is how to drop away all the … [Read more...] about The Companionship of the Present
We exercise choice all the time. Sometimes we exercise choices that we made decades ago, and which have persevered through the years by sheer habit. By contrast, freedom of choice is a state in which you have an awareness of the options available, and are able to select which of them seems best. The … [Read more...] about 48 hours, and freedom of choice
I’ve been thinking about the choices we make, and the ones we seem to deliberately avoid making, and how they shape everything we see when we look around us. Our culture believes in control – that it is both necessary and reliable – and urges us to seek it. Our drive for control has a way of … [Read more...] about The Danger or the Dance?