April 2013 Blog Posts (3)

Weaving a Lifeline With Three Strands

This Monday, April 15, I began to make some notes about what I might talk about in Inquiry on Tuesday. I was inspired by Peg’s offering her story “Unbidden Kindness” a few weeks earlier and her invitation for people to come forward and speak about such acts in their lives. I began to think about what I felt was an allied quality: forgiveness. I receive a daily quote from Tricycle magazine and this one caught my attention:

“Consider the possibility, and I am only saying…


Added by Flint Sparks on April 17, 2013 at 8:47am — 1 Comment

Invisible Web of Care

Tuesday's inquiry was about the invisible web of care. I've added a bit here to the reflections I shared.

Sometimes I think the best way to recover a sense of gratitude when it seems most difficult to muster, is to consider the ways I am held in an invisible web of care. Often our only experience of this…


Added by Peg Syverson on April 11, 2013 at 8:35am — No Comments

Unbidden kindness

Today in inquiry the topic was "unbidden kindness." I said, most of us can show some kindness when the occasion arises, but I am talking about a wholehearted care that doesn’t wait for an invitation, that is unexpectedly bestowed, and almost miraculous in its appearance. And so naturally I wrote something I wanted to share, just to get us started:

Welcome to Austin

I stood in the empty apartment, hot and close

and stared at…


Added by Peg Syverson on April 2, 2013 at 4:45pm — 1 Comment



Appamada is not just the occasional mindful thought or attentive state of mind, it’s actually a commitment to being attentive. It’s more than just a meditative state of mind, it’s more than just being mindful. It has to do with that primary ethical or moral orientation we have in life, with which we bring into being whatever activity we’re engaged in. Whether in formal meditation, in our interactions with other people, in our social concerns, or in our political choices, it’s the energetic cherishing of what we regard as good.

—Stephen Batchelor


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