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A reminder to stay curious–and suspicious

Just finished reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau. First time through this required reading. Thoreau’s incisive cultural criticism feels timeless (if not more relevant today), and his spiritual insight has a deep ring to it that often stopped me mid-paragraph. Sometimes boring, his cataloguing of the minute goings-on of the pond and surrounding area at...

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Lodging a New Harpoon in an Old Favorite

Just finished re-reading Moby-Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville. What can I say about this bizarre classic? It’s one of my favorite books for its poetic meanderings, the scope of its contemplations and its experimentation as a novel. Then, again, in mountainous countries where the traveller is continually girdled by amphitheatrical heights; here and...

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Useful Reflections on Mindfulness

Just finished Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, an early standard in the mindfulness movement in the US. I will be leading meditation sessions at my workplace starting next month, and one of my Zen teachers recommended this book as an example of how meditation can be discussed in a nearly entirely...

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Charmed by Rushdie’s Magical India

Just finished Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. This novel was my first encounter with this author, and I found myself swept into his magical version of India’s 20th century spun by the novel’s whimsical, intellectual and humanly erroneous narrator. I picked out Midnight’s Children to read during my recent travels in India. I wanted a novel...

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Different voices, one awakening

Just finished The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry edited by Stephen Mitchell. This book accompanied me during my trip to India, and I must say, it added a layer of inspiration to the whole experience. The thesis of the anthology is that the experience of spiritual awakening is the same regardless of time and...

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