Quotes That Matter – Week 2

By Paul Dunion / July 9, 2019

This week’s quote is from Sheldon Kopp. “I no longer hope to achieve good character, so long as that implies in any way that my Buddhahood is not already at hand. My aim is not improve my Self but only to know it all more clearly and to learn to celebrate all that I am.”…

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Quotes That Matter – Week 1

By Paul Dunion / July 2, 2019

I am typically very thankful when a quote comes my way, immediately touching and moving me to adopt its meaning.  My favorable response indicates that more information has just been added to my road map. A writer willing to get honest about life inevitably helps me to not only get more honest, but also to…

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A Blessing for the Sacred

By Paul Dunion / June 26, 2019

As religion may have disappointed and disillusioned you,  you may forgot that a religion’s shadow does not dismiss the sacred. The sacred demands recognition, even if it must wait for your reactions to   the contemptible to wane.. The ancients remind us to understand the sacred as “confirming what truly matters.” Shed all naiveté! This…

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A Blessing for Mercy

By Paul Dunion / June 16, 2019

We don’t talk much about mercy anymore. See if you can find a place for mercy in your life, maybe, initially as a small gesture to someone, most obviously deserving. Mercy is in need of a renewed welcome,  and a reverence much deserved. Mercy offers many gifts. It defies reducing forgiveness to a cavalier consideration.…

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A Blessing for Good-Bye

By Paul Dunion / May 30, 2019

I don’t know how to die with you. There are so many ways we have not yet begun. Thrown together as mother and son. Never my intent to have my uniqueness become something so frightening for you to know. In the beginning, I decided that your fear meant there was something wrong with me. That…

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A Blessing For Awakening

By Paul Dunion / May 23, 2019

There’s so much waiting for you. Let yourself stir gently. You’re moving from one world to another. There’s no rush. Let your departure from sleep be held in grace. You’re at the threshold, birthing new eyes. You are greeting a new light, a soft light of dawn that welcomes you. Do not turn your back…

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The Looking Good Family

By Paul Dunion / May 17, 2019

There is a cultural phenomenon deserving our attention. That is, the increased appearance of families committed to looking good. We’ll examine some of the actual dynamics in a looking good family and attempt to name what drives parents to create such a system. We’ll conclude with some suggestions to support healing for survivors of a…

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Where Are My People? A Blessing for Belonging and Purpose

By Paul Dunion / May 14, 2019

There are many life questions. Some will lead you to find sustenance; some, where to work, where to live, and some where to grow old. Your soul continues to live one question, even when there’s no apparent way to get your attention: Where are my People? For millennia upon millennia, a sensibility to your survival…

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Live Your Questions

By Paul Dunion / April 28, 2019

We come to believe in a personal morality or a personal spirituality that will guide our decisions and choices. Our times, characterized by confusion, complexity and rhetoric are calling us to also adopt a personal epistemology. Episte means “knowledge”, and epistemology is our best understanding and exploration of how we want to go about knowing.…

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A Blessing for Vulnerability

By Paul Dunion / April 21, 2019

The ancients say that feeling vulnerable is knowing that you can be wounded. With that in mind, why should you value feeling vulnerable? Could it be that the ability to be wounded might mean able to be penetrated, penetrated by what life brings. And so, you are asked to live the question: “Am I penetrated…

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