Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty

–By Kristi Nelson “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.”  ~ Thomas Merton I used to put myself to sleep by […]

Gratitude

-by Barbara Crooker This week, the news of the world is bleak, another war grinding on, and all these friends down with cancer, or worse, a little something long term that they won’t die of for twenty or thirty miserable years— And here I live in a house of weathered brick, where a man with […]

Something Understood: Brides of God

-presented by Jahnavi Harrison Musician Jahnavi Harrison interweaves music, prose and poetry in a celebration of the women who choose to dedicate their lives entirely to God.  Click here to listen in to this inspiring BBC Radio session. She explains that she has always been fascinated what it is that drives a woman to leave […]

Listen Well

-by Ananda Vrindavan Devi Dasi Listening is at the heart of bhakti At the heart of life. It’s the last To go, did you know? And here’s what I have found In my new way of being That life has become alive again And new meaning arrived for Service and humility Words I did with […]

Living In The Season: Spring

By Susan Weiser Mason and George Mason Here in Damariscotta Mills, the alewives have returned, the star magnolias are in full bloom, and a delicate halo of yellowish green is emerging in the hardwood canopy. The arrival of Spring brings a welcome and magnificent surge of energy that speaks confidently of renewal. And not a moment too […]

THE INSPIRATION LIST

-By Sacinandana Swami Every day I make a list, either written or in my mind, which has helped me to move forward in times of struggle. When I don’t feel inspired, looking at this list has made a great difference. I hope my little inventory of what’s important helps you to make your own list […]

Spring

-by Gauri Gopika Devi Dasi On the edge of flight Waiting for You, The ocean within With the trees I move Through every season Ancient pillars of patience: Witnesses of Your every wish Rooted in Your energies, I gain the skies, at last Free I fly to what is me In the fresh spring breeze, […]

Radical Forgiveness

-by Denise Mihalik Years ago a family member was admitted several times to a local mental health facility, and it was an incredibly challenging time for all of us. For years and years following, I avoided driving past the hospital, and when I had to, uncontrolled hurt, anger and grief would rise to the surface, […]

To Fear and Not

By Ananda Vrindavan devi dasi ——- Fear is the illusion of this world and our body And the journey into an animal birth so close we are to creaturehood Yet to step inside means to stop the way we can ask Such questions as to why we fear. The consequences of our actions. Offending others, […]

Last Moments in Mindfulness?

I was in a small satsang this morning at our temple in Potomac, Maryland with Ananda, our community president, Giri, our resident wise man, Kim, our kirtan angel, and Adrianna, our Russian friend. Giri was quoting from a story he’d read once by Dostoyevsky. He didn’t remember the name of it. It was back in […]