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...
Progress

Progress

The Buddha’s first Noble Truth is often translated as “Life is suffering”, but I prefer to think of it as saying “there is suffering.” There is no escape from this fact; that’s just the way things are. Even though we can do things to “sugar the pill”, it’s just...
Quicksand

Quicksand

When you’re suffering, the only thing you can think about is how to end it. In moments when you feel lost, confused, or angry, the mind begins to spin incredibly detailed plans about what you should say or do to alleviate the unpleasantness and set your life straight....

Solo Dios Basta

  Nada te turbe nada te espante…quien a Dios tiene nada le falta… Solo dios basta… When St Teresa of Avalia wrote the words, if you have God, you will want for nothing; God alone suffices, she was expressing an essential mystic insight repeated...

What is Struggle?

What does it really mean to be a member of Israel? To be one who struggles with forces larger than yourself? Struggling means: … being in a state of perpetual questioning. “Is what I’m doing enough? Am I on the right path? How can I best express my potential?” … being...