Remembering Thomas Merton — Rain, Grace, and the Rhinoceros

Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what cannot be sold is not real, … Read moreRemembering Thomas Merton — Rain, Grace, and the Rhinoceros

Lifesavers — Quotations as Spontaneous Spiritual Practice

I find that recalling my favorite quotations can trigger a subtle but significant shift in the way I see things. Each quote is a “serenity pill,” a mini-epiphany. It is a clarion call to wake up now, much like the bell used in a meditation hall to signal the beginning of a practice period. The … Read moreLifesavers — Quotations as Spontaneous Spiritual Practice

The Tao of Time — Transcending the Assumptions of Time Management

For years I read book after book about time management, searching for a way to make peace with time. It never worked. Sure, I got more efficient. But I didn’t feel more relaxed. Time still seemed like an enemy — something that was always scarce no matter how much I tried to “manage” it. Then … Read moreThe Tao of Time — Transcending the Assumptions of Time Management