Posts in ISSUE 01
Compassion as a Guide for Care for the Dying

In this article, Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and author, Roshi Joan Halifax, outlines the impact of using principles of compassion as a guide in caring for the dying. Learn more about the importance of applied spirituality in health care settings by immersing yourself in the stories of end-of-life chaplaincy shared here. 

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A Global Collaboration: Art that transcends in public places

Immerse in a deep meditative experience through the artistic creations of Colors in Motion. Curated in video form and pulled from a beautiful combination of "dance, sculpture, original musical compositions and soundscapes, voice, light, aurora borealis photography, poetry, and prose," the four TOUCHSTONES shared here represent "imagination unbounded." 

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There Is A Lot Of Money In The Lake

Through the portraits and voices of community members in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, Kirby Erlandson explores what it means to speak truth to power by capturing glimpses of humanity through art. She writes, "These people I met in Muhuru Bay taught me about the human spirit’s enormous recuperative capacity, and about finding a path of resilience, courage, and action in the face of hardship and suffering."

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Social Justice In Practice

Jean Bosco Niyonzima shares his story of being healer and healed, reflecting, "I had been tempted to give in, to give up, to stop trying so hard, but my vocational calling wouldn’t let me. Ten years since awakening to the healing that I needed in my life, I can say that deep within me, I know what it means to be the change I want to see in the world..."

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Freedom

Prose poem or personal reflection, whatever you call it, Julie Barnes' words take us on a journey through her inner life and into our own. The winding paths of her thoughts, poured out in these words, bring us into the present moment of our own lives as she shares her freedom with us, writing, "My empty hands, palms up on knees, accompany the breath as it settles and deepens."

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The Activist as Contemplative

What does it mean to let go? The Reverend Steven Bonsey teaches us through his own experience of clinging and of letting go: "One moment I am walking a path on solid ground, the next I am hanging from a branch, weak with exhaustion and despair, trembling with terror and rage. The many cliff-hangers of my life have been my teachers."

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