Is there something that humans just don’t understand about life?

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Yes—and it’s huge How is it possible for seven billion human beings to all want the same thing—safety, security, peace, prosperity, opportunity, happiness, and love—yet be unable to produce it for any but the tiniest percentage, even after thousands of years of trying? I pose this question wherever I appear on my speaking tours, but I rarely get a satisfactory answer. That’s because most people do not understand the nature of the problem. As a result, we keep trying to solve the problem at every level except the level at which the problem exists. First, we try to solve the…

CONVERSATIONS IN THE SPIRIT, part 3, J. Krishnamurti

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From a collection of Lex Hixon’s WBAI “In the Spirit” Interviews Lex Hixon was an accomplished spiritual practitioner, scholar, author who explored the great religious traditions extensively. He published nine books and spent 17 years hosting the radio program “In the Spirit” on WBAI, where he interviewed the day’s leading spiritual lights. Thirty-three of those interviews, carefully edited, appear for the first time in print in Conversations in the Spirit. Interviewees include the spiritual giants Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Daniel Berrigan, Swami Muktananda, Kalu Rinpoche, Mother Teresa, and Stephen Gaskin. Interview with J. Krishnamurti — March 31, 1982 — …

In the Spirit Q & A with Ron Panvini

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In The Spirit is a monthly series profiling New York City based practitioners. These interviews are conducted in an effort to introduce leaders of the health community to readers of the New York Spirit, while creating a dialogue about wellness in our ever bustling city. This month we spoke to Dr. Ron Panvini, a psychotherapist from Long Island who uses Bioenergetic Analysis to connect with his patients. How long have you lived here? I’ve lived in New York City all of my life. I was born in Brooklyn, moved to Manhattan in my twenties and to Long Island in my…

Testing the Tolerance of Heart

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I was watching the news on television this morning. A young man out walking his pup was attacked by another passerby. “I didn’t like the way he looked,” the assailant later confided. “Up to no good, I’m telling ya,” he said. The victim was later identified as a community leader and advocate for disadvantaged youth. His days were comprised of much smaller actions yielding a far greater good. In the past week alone, he had offered uniforms and lunches for those children whose parents were unable to provide. And, not for the glory – my goodness, no. Rather, more simply,…

Ordinary Things

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By Ariel Kane Sometimes I feel silly for how moved I am by ordinary things – but mostly I am profoundly grateful. I wonder from time-to-time if everyone gets drawn to things in their environment – things that are spectacular even if they are apparently everyday events or simple moments. I would like to share with you an example of being here for ordinary things and how it impacted my life. I hope it opens up a possibility for a sense of well being in your own life. In honor of their 65th wedding Anniversary, I took my parents on…

Love vs. Hate: Your Choice

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Love Love, there are many ways to define it but the truth is love cannot be defined. It is an invisible dust in the wind. When that dust hits us, it bursts inside us and we have no choice but to surrender to it. Love can also be described as key to one’s heart. In order for love to enter the heart has to be open. Once the love has entered, let the heart pump out the love and let it flow through your veins. You are love, love is you. For the month of love I surrender to it. I…

Food Book Flood: 12 Inspirational Books About Food

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In Iceland, there’s a winter tradition called Jólabókaflóð (pronounced “yoh-luh-boh-kuh-floh-d”), or “Yule Book Flood,” where people give each other books the day before Christmas. On the night of Christmas Eve, they curl up in bed with their new books, reading until they fall asleep. Every winter since 2009, I have filled my holiday wishlist with cookbooks, food history books, and memoirs by prominent figures in the world of food. At this point, I can’t remember a time before I was obsessed with reading books about food. My bookcase is overflowing, my Amazon shopping cart full, and my house overrun with books…

Caring for the Dying: The Doula Approach to a Meaningful Death

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Death is like a dark and painful family secret that we try to keep hidden away. If we do think about it, we feel terribly vulnerable. Somehow we believe that not thinking about death will keep us safe, protect us from its truth and even from its inevitability. The medical system in the United States colludes with us in our avoidance of the subject by continuing to hide death in hospitals and nursing homes. Nearly 70 percent of all deaths still occur in these sterile, depersonalized surroundings. And perhaps a quarter of those people die hooked up to tubes amid…

Fairy Tales — The Endless Wisdom and Possibilities

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Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. – C.S. Lewis Ah! I Never Grew Up. I remember storytelling sessions at bed when I was a kid. I just couldn’t fall asleep without hearing the tales from the land of speaking animals, kindhearted fairies, royal kings and queens, ingenious court men in the kingdom, witches and wizards, enchanting forests, the magical mirrors, the beautiful mermaids and the happy endings. The story used to finish off but my imagination used to take me to the world where I was in the midst of breathtaking gardens…

March’s Astrological Forecast: A Time to Dream

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In early March we end the eclipse season.  During the eclipse season, certain hidden things come to light, and we are also in the dark about other matters. It’s a season that literally leaves us eclipsed. This all ends during the first week of March.  With the Sun in Pisces until the 20th, we feel a bit more dreamy and lofty. Our intuition is heightened with all of the water in the Sky. Mercury is also in Pisces until the 13th. Once Mercury enters Aires, we find ourselves speeding things along. All of a sudden we read books and get…

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