Category Archives: Meditation

For a fiercer life

“We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life, because … Continue reading

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The power of love

“I saw the river over which every soul must pass to reach the kindom of heaven, and the name of that river was suffering… and I saw the boat which carries souls across the river, and the name of that … Continue reading

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Early in the morning, I woke up listening to the pounding rain and thinking about the holy river Ganges, in India.  Who decided that the Ganges was holy?  If the Willamette is holy, does that automatically make the Clackamas River … Continue reading

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River’s up

River’s been up, and back down a little again since the big rains last week.  I missed the highest level.  You can tell by how muddy the ground is, slippery and dark.  But the river was heading north this afternoon … Continue reading

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Driving south by Milwaukie’s bay, where the Willamette opens out her arms in greeting there, I always snatch a quick glimpse of Elk Rock Island, and the little rock bridge that goes from there to the mainland, so to speak. … Continue reading

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