AUTUMN/WINTER 2019 VOL. 31 NO. 3
|LOC Back Issue Vol. 31 NO. 3 Meditation & Spiritual Practices|
2 MEDITATION AND GURU'S GRACE
by Swami Amar Jyoti
Purity of mind and heart and relaxation are the two golden wings needed for deep meditation. We can learn from books and pilgrimages, but for real spiritual growth we need a Master.
10 CHOOSING COMPASSION IN A WORLD THAT NEEDS OUR LOVE
by Anam Thubten
There is a lot of pain in this human life. The path of compassion is a way to kindly and nonviolently evolve.
13 CONVERSATIONS WITH TREES, THE OFFERING OF DARKNESS
by Stephanie Kaza
In the saturated glow of evening, the bleached blond grasses have turned golden with the last light. It is time to go walking, time to enter the realm of the night trees.
16 THE MAHARAJJI BLANKET AND OTHER TEACHING STORIES
by Ram Dass, compiled & edited by Noah Markus
You and I have to dance in form. There’s no way we can meet on this plane other than through our forms.
IF BUDDHA CAME TO A NURSING HOME
by Lori Erickson
Honestly confronting aging and death is largely absent from our culture. So maybe nursing facilities for the elderly are the closest we can get.
22 DRINKING FROM THE RIVER OF LIGHT
by Mark Nepo
Each of us is called to listen our way into the underlying truth that connects us all.
EMBRACING SHADOW AND LIGHT ON THE GODDESS PATH
by Kavitha M. Chinnaiyan, M.D.
The primary purpose of the path of the Mahavidyas is to see the falseness of the I-self and to realize the Self.
28 A DAY OF FORGIVENESS
by Stephen Levine
Forgiveness is a powerful tool for letting go of our suffering
30 THE ONLY ANSWER IS PEACE OF MIND
by David Hoffmeister
To say the words, “I want peace,” actually means nothing. But to mean them is everything.
34 DEEP CREATIVITY,
FALLING IN LOVE WITH THE PARTICULARITY OF THINGS
by Deborah Anne Quibell
Life is just a play on the canvas of your mind.
36 THE PUZZLING STREAM
by David Perez
At deeper levels, everything—atoms, cells, animals, and people—connect and flow with each other.
38 THE SEEING IS THE DOING
by Rob Nairn, Choden, and Heather Regan-Addis
The way we have perceived our reality has led to the turning of the wheel of suffering.
LETTER TO A YOUNG WOMAN
by Austin Repath
To experience this ultimate gift of aging, the open heart, is a blessing of the highest order.
44 PARAM PARA: ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH
by Swami Amar Jyoti
Do not think you are judged by your mistakes or rejected by God. God always looks to you as you are now, not your past.
THE GLASS IS HALF-FULL THEORY
by Aimee Mosco and Donald L. Ferguson
Opportunities exist in every waking moment, and as you adopt this idea, your field of vision grows exponentially.
A poem by Monika John
46 Books, Books for & Children, Mixed Media,
Audio, Spiritual Cinema
51 Tools for Your Journey
Cover Photograph by Emir Memedovski | istockphoto.com