Hope

What is hope? People speak of different kinds of hope, including inborn hope, chosen hope, borrowed hope, bargainer’s hope, unrealistic hope, false hope, and mature hope. Let’s focus on mature hope. Mature hope arises from seeing the nature of things clearly. We see...
Generosity

Generosity

What is Generosity? When we are generous, we give. We give freely and joyfully, not begrudgingly. We give or our time, money, affection, skills, and assistance to others. We give more than is expected or required. If we are truly generous, we give without expecting...

Contentment

What is contentment? One of the love practices is the practice of contentment. Contentment is being happy with who we are, with the people in our lives, and with our life situation. It is a practice of reverence for the reality of this moment just as it is, reverence...
The Practice of Love

The Practice of Love

Growth is a process of learning to live more skillfully. This requires practice. We become masters of any skill with about 10,000 hours of practice. So, to become masters at the art of living requires many hours of practice over a lifetime. But what do we practice?...
Non-Judgment

Non-Judgment

Judging ourselves or others for who we are blocks the flow of love and forgiveness. We have no right to judge others, just as others have no right to judge us. Everyone experiences negative emotions and thoughts and behaves unskillfully. While we may judge another’s...
Forgiveness

Forgiveness

In my previous blog I discussed self-forgiveness. Just as we should cultivate forgiveness for ourselves, so should we cultivate forgiveness for others. Why? Because resentments poison us. They make us spiritually ill. There is a saying that “hatred destroys the...

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