Category Archives: SPIRIT

FIRST DO NO HARM

The influence of Gandhi on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is well known. But Gandhi himself owed a debt to the Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, who had written on the same topic of nonviolence. And Tolstoy, in turn, learned from … Continue reading

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WE ARE STARDUST

I was listening to the old Joni Mitchell song “Woodstock” the other day. The mood is somber and hypnotic. Her performance is flawless. One one level, the song is about the famous Woodstock music festival in 1969, which Mitchell was … Continue reading

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DOSING THE OCTOPUS

My son is so disciplined about his daily weightlifting. I decided to get disciplined about something myself — anything. I picked meditating. I went back to it twice a day, 20 minutes at a time. Most of my meditations are … Continue reading

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OPERATING SYSTEM

We increasingly use the language of technology to talk about ourselves as humans. “I need a reset.” “We should hit the pause button.” “Does he have the bandwith for that?” Along these lines, I was thinking the other day about … Continue reading

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SIX HOURS

One day in Lebanon in the 1940s, Marie Simonian set out for the boarding school attended by her oldest child. Something was wrong, she could feel it. She walked six hours to reach his school. She arrived exhausted, dripping sweat. … Continue reading

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LET IT BE MESSY

A couple days ago my wife and I received the 30th-reunion book from our college. It’s a thick red paperback with updates from hundreds of classmates. I looked up friends. I looked up the guy who seemed during college to … Continue reading

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EVERYTHING TURNS OUT OKAY

When I was three and a half years old, I went crashing into a glass door on the first floor of my family’s home in Chevy Chase, Md. The worst damage was not from my arm going through the door, … Continue reading

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