Freight Train

Freight Train

It’s like this: One day, you are born. From your community, you grow up and acquire all sorts of ideas about who you are. You are taught what to think and how to act. And because everyone else around you shares those ideas (or some variant of them), you forget...
Self vs. Soul

Self vs. Soul

“Spiritual practices help us move from identifying with the ego to identifying with the soul. Old age does that for you too. It spiritualizes people naturally.” ~ Ram Dass I recently listened to an excellent podcast from the show “On Being” where the poet Christian...
Dusty Lamp

Dusty Lamp

Friends: I am currently working on a new book, so my posting schedule this summer will be a little erratic. I hope to generate something new for the blog at least once every three weeks, but we will see where the journey takes me. I’m excited to explore and...
Bucket

Bucket

I recently attended a talk a French philosopher named Frederic Lenoir, author of Socrates, Jesus, Buddha. When asked why he chose these three figures and what they had in common, his response surprised me. I had spent countless hours with these three figures and never...
Beachhead (part 1)

Beachhead (part 1)

I recently moved to a neighborhood in Montreal that’s a very odd combination of  hipsters and Hasidic Jews. Although different in important ways, the groups share a great many similarities in how they relate to others. Each is insular, with ostentatious outward...