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Heart Like a Mirror

Heart Like a Mirror

“The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.”  -Shinto proverb Most of the world’s great faith traditions teach the centrality of loving your neighbor as yourself. Iterations of the “Golden Rule” have been spoken in temples,...
Real Friends

Real Friends

There are over 7 billion people on the planet, each born with a drive to connect. The explosion of technology means we can digitally meet new people from all over the world. Social media “friends” lists can number in the thousands, a testament to our innate interest...
My Friend, Death

My Friend, Death

Amidst this extended season of loss and grief, my family experienced another last night. My wife’s beloved cousin left this world from cancer, leaving behind young children and a family that will deeply miss him. These moments in life, when the loss of a loved one...
A Truer Picture

A Truer Picture

Suppose two people are on opposite ends of a vast and lush forest that stretches for many thousands of acres. One stands beside a rushing stream, watching the light play on the water. The other is in a heavily wooded thicket, so dense that very little light filters...
Listening is Revolutionary

Listening is Revolutionary

There is a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln that inspires me: “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better. ” So much of our social discourse has dissolved into stalemates. Now more than ever, listening may be the most revolutionary heartivist...