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“And that is just the point... how the world, moist and beautiful, calls to each of us to make a new and serious response. That's the big question, the one the world throws at you every morning. 'Here you are, alive. Would you like to make a comment?" ―Mary Oliver

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  • Alice Coltrane “Om Shanti”

    Have a listen to this beautiful soaring track by the late Alice Coltrane, “Om Shanti,” appearing on Luaka Bop’s forthcoming collection entitled World Spirituality Classics, Volume 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda.

  • Photograph by Lynn Friedman, Winter Walk

    At the Dog Park

    I took my parents’ dog, Jake out for a walk in the park this morning. The wind was cold, and the trees were icy and barren. Jake didn’t care how cold it was. Immediately,…

  • With My Back To the World

    Martin’s writings are highly contemplative and display an active engagement in Eastern philosophies–especially Zen Buddhism and Taoism–and muse on her lifelong themes: sensibility, responsiveness, beauty, truth, inspiration, humility, and perfection.

  • Film Still from Ikiru

    Moment to Moment

    Yesterday, as I was walking down Spadina Street here in Toronto to meet someone, something within me started noticing my thoughts.

  • Ring Them Bells

    On December 31 at midnight, the New Year is welcomed in Japanese Buddhist Temples with 108 bell chimes …

  • Photograph by Keegan Gibbs, “The Alchemist”

    Newfoundland Meditations

    From on top of a hill where a small white house sits, I can see the beach below. The ocean, like life itself, creeps up the coast and falls back, merging with the deep blue…

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    Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

    “Settle down in your room at a moment when you have nothing else to do. Say “I am now with myself,” and just sit with yourself …

  • The Art of Meditation

    There is in all of us, even if deeply buried, a longing for eternal truth …

  • When Angels are Born: A Review

    It surprises me now to realize how little an effort is required to make one’s morning seem holy and significant. …

  • Spiritual Diplomacy

    Here is an illuminating interview with James George, former high commissioner to India and former ambassador to Iran …