Decease and Desist – Early Teaser

An excerpt from Decease and Desist, coming in October: I’d just re-shelved the Elizabeth Peters mystery I was leafing through and taken a step toward the front of the store when there appeared in the entrance-way a shambling six-footer with ragged jeans, tattered jacket, shaved head and scowling demeanor. He […]

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The Eight-Fold Way: Feeding the Spirit

In this final post of this series, we come to the final step of the Eight-Fold Way: True Composure or, as I like to think of it, feeding the spirit. This step traditionally is associated with concentration, meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind. The original term, “samadhi,” literally means to […]

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The Eight-Fold Way: Body and Mind

So far I’ve discussed the questions I associate with True Awareness, True Understanding, True Speech, True Action, and True Vocation. In this post I want to talk about True Effort and True Mindfulness. Traditionally, true effort—also called right effort or diligence—is consciously directing our life energy to the transformative path of creative […]

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