Finding Enough by Following the Thread

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This poem by William Stafford has long been a trustworthy place to return if I feel lost or confused about how to move gently through the tumultuous challenges in the world: the way it is There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you […]

Liberating Our Natural Generosity

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Unity Magazine Jul/Aug 2003 by Neal Vahle Bread for the Journey, according to its founder Wayne Muller, “is about starting a cycle of giving and receiving in which everyone benefits.” Generosity, he believes, grows out of spiritual practice. I believe in the marrow my bones, he said when I interviewed him in his San Anselmo, California […]

Whatever Happened to Sunday?

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One morning, a few years ago, Harvard President Neil Rudenstine overslept. For this perfectionist in the midst of a major fund-raising campaign, it was cause for alarm. After years of non-stop toil in an atmosphere that rewarded frantic overwork, Rudenstine collapsed. “My sense was that I was exhausted,” he told reporters. His doctor agreed. Only […]

Being Sabbath

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As early as I can remember, I was both drawn to, and pained by, the sorrows of others. I was pulled toward their hurts which, regardless how they tried to hide them, I saw as clearly as my own hands. For reasons I did not then question, suffering people have always come to me. It […]

Who Fixed the Refrigerator?

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Many years ago I was living in a small, second-floor walk-up apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. One day my refrigerator stopped working. It still managed to store my food, but kept it warm rather than cold. When I called a repair shop they said it would cost fifty dollars just to send someone to look at […]