We Begin Where We Are, by Jan Jarvis

In his book All and Everything, G.I. Gurdjieff presented what he called the “Obligolnian Strivings,” directives intended to instill in the consciousness of those who practice them—said to be engaged in the “Work”—the “divine function of genuine Conscience.”

Desiring Peace: A Meditation on Dag Hammarskjöld, by Roger Lipsey

The extraordinary inner life of a great public figure.

Away, by Tracy Cochran

On silent retreat, a woman finds connection from PARABOLA, Vol. 37:2, Summer 2012: Alone and Together.

Our Authority of Being, by Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo on welcoming the life-force.

My Life in the Chair, by Lillian Firestone

I was determined not to let dialysis take over my life. But it already had. […]

Afterthoughts, by James George

Looking back, I see my five years in India as the high-point of my diplomatic life, and my most memorable time in India as the four days in January of 1971 before Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s official visit to India. […]

Truth and Perception, by Mickey Lemle

All movies are an illusion. We think we are seeing motion but in fact we are seeing twenty-four still pictures every second. Half the time the screen is actually black. Yet movies seem so real, and some have the potential to reveal great truth. […]

Sacred Giving, Sacred Receiving, by Joseph Bruchac

In the old days, no one ever stole. Those who were well off always shared what they had. […]

Hearing the Cries of the World, by Mark Nepo

This story is so old we don’t know who told it or who it’s about, except that it speaks to all of us. We no longer know if it was a “he” or “she” at the center of the story. […]

Into The West, by Tracy Cochran

The rain was coming down in sheets as I drove down a wooded road in rural Montague, Massachusetts, towards the opening ceremony of the Maezumi Institute, the new training center of the Zen Peacemakers Order. “The End” by the Doors was playing on the car stereo. “The West is the best,” sang Jim Morrison. This…