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,…

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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…

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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…

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