Ten Poems for Difficult Times by Roger Housden

Ten Poems for Difficult Times by Roger Housden

Ten Poems for Difficult Times is the seventh volume in acclaimed teacher and bestselling author Roger Housden’s popular Ten Poems Series. Although poetry has been the primary vehicle through which Housden has communicated his spiritual vision to the world in the Introduction to this collection he candidly reveals his occasional doubt as to whether this conduit alone is sufficient in rolling back the tide of global and personal problems that challenge us daily. In the end, he concludes that perhaps, more than anything else, poetry has at least the ability “…to start a fire in a person’s life.” He qualifies this by adding, “…poetry can be dangerous : we may… Read More

The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

The Calm Center by Steve Taylor

What is the one thing that we carry around with us all day long but which we never seem able to find when we need it most? Our calm center — that place that exists within our inner psyches but which, mainly as a consequence of the busy lives we lead, we struggle to access and to regain a sense of balance and equilibrium. What exactly is the calm center? It is a place of mental and emotional stillness or inner spaciousness that the Buddha called ‘sunyata’ or empiness. Coincidently, the calm center also happens to be the title of a book by lecturer and acclaimed spiritual author Steve Taylor.… Read More

Life Could Be Verse by Kirk Douglas

Life Could Be Verse by Kirk Douglas

In many ways, Kirk Douglas is one of the most iconic of all American Hollywood screen actors. During the course of his illustrious film career, he received three Academy Award nominations, an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement and the Medal of Freedom. What is rather less well-known about Douglas is that, in 1991, he only just survived a helicopter crash. This close call with death led him to revive an interest in religion and spirituality—and, in particular, with his core philosophical family tradition of Judaism. Douglas celebrated a second Bar-Mitzvah ceremony in 1999 at the age of eighty-three! In addition to his stage and screen work, Douglas is also highly regraded as… Read More

The Parliament of Poets by Frederick Glaysher

The Parliament of Poets by Frederick Glaysher

In this modern technological world where contemporary spiritual ideas can be shared with the world through the click of a button, it is important not to forget that, for thousands of years, most mythological and metaphysical traditions and concepts were shared through oral traditions. These included story-telling, prose and poetry—all of which naturally invite the narrator to engage with their audience in dynamic and energizing ways. One of the great traditions of story telling is the ‘epic’—a lengthy poem, although not one that necessarily rhymes, which generally tells the story of some supreme challenge for a hero. While not a favored method of story-telling in this televisual age, the epic… Read More