buskers in Park Guell

Tapping into the right kind of energy to motivate and encourage our engagement with the world is crucial. If we’re to avoid the “dark energy” that I wrote about last week, without running out of steam all together, we’ll need to tap into something life-giving and energizing. There was a […]

interior of the Pantheon in Paris

It is so tempting to give up on religion. When faced with the frustrating, if not horrific, ways in which religions are exploited in order to dehumanize others, maintain power and control, and repress our own inner chaos, it’s no surprise that many have tossed their faith on the rubbish […]

tiny half dead plant with a tomato on the vine

In my last post, I suggested that the enemy that we should focus on (and which can unite most of us in opposition) is the “global system of dehumanization based on exploitation, fear and violence that co-opts the participation of masses of good people.” You might have noticed that this […]

It seems to me that if we want to find any passion and determination inside of ourselves (collectively or individually), we need to have some clear and shared sense of which enemy we are really wanting to fight. If we can find a common enemy that crosses political (or theological) […]

lambs on New Zealand coast

Weak religion is a beautiful thing as long as, in spite of its imperfections, it resists the temptation to become hardened into bad religion. By “weak religion” I mean religious cultures that are necessarily flawed and imperfect, but flexible and alive. They will all slip occasionally into being “bad religions” […]

bay of fundy

First, don’t pay any real attention to yourself. Try hard to distract your thoughts and emotions while doing as little meaningful activity as possible. Certainly don’t pay any attention to other people either, but assume that they are there to hear you voice whatever you happen to say. Assume that […]