SPRING/SUMMER 2020 VOL. 32 NO. 1
|LOC Back Issue Vol. 32 NO. 1 Keeping the Inner Peace|
2 KEEPING THE INNER PEACE
by Swami Amar Jyoti
It is not by fulfilling desires that we achieve peace, but by giving them up. We have to let go in the mind. Only with a relaxed mind can we enjoy life.
10 ANIMAL SPIRIT STORIES
by Stephen Levine
Nature is our first awakening to an elemental presence all about us.
13 PRACTICING PEACE
by Pema Chödrön
We can talk about ending war but war is never going to end as long as our hearts are hardened against each other.
18 THE GIRL WITH FOREVER EYES
by John Burnham
She was so tiny, and only a few months old, but she was looking back at me. She was seeing me.
22 CONTEMPLATIVE CAREGIVING
by John Eric Baugher
My intention in meeting with James wasn't to change him or his situation but to explore and heal any darkness in my heart.
by Micah Mortali
Rewilding is a return to our essential nature...an attempt to reclaim something of what we were before we used words like "civilized" to define ourselves.
29 WHAT WE ARE NOT
by Leatrice Evanne Asher
We are so mired in perpetuating an identity of our making that we can no longer see how this desire has disconnected us from waking up.
MEDITATIONS TO MANAGE MENTAL ILLNESS
by Jessica Marie Baumgartner
Taking a break from modern society is sometimes the best medicine. It's easy to get caught up in our over-stimulated world.
34 I AM IN FLIGHT
Poetry by Hafiz
Modern illuminations by Michael and Saliha Green bring home the immediacy of the poet's message.
36 MY LIFE WITH AN ENLIGHTENED BEING
by Charles Shahar
It doesn't matter whether I've been with him for years, or even minutes. Every experience around him feels like an eternity.
40 TEEN LIFE BENEATH THE SURFACE
by Kristi Hugstad
Reaching out and talking to someone who's struggling or having suicidal thoughts might literally be a lifesaving conversation.
THE KARMA OF CATS
by Angela Farmer
Cats have an uncanny way of climbing into my awareness and even my soul. They are masters of long-distance communication and body language.
44 PARAM PARA: ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON THE SPIRITUAL PATH
by Swami Amar Jyoti
How can we avoid aquiring undesirable karmas? We work according to our temperment. The goal must be something higher.
Poem by Leah Loveday
The leaf without hesitation/ lets go the tree/ trusting the air/ to carry it to Earth.
PRACTICE TURNING PEOPLE INTO TREES
by Ram Dass
A compassionate gem from Be Here Now, the book that awakened a generation of seekers to Eastern Wisdom.
46 Books, Books for Children, Meditation Apps,
Audio, Spiritual Cinema.
51 Tools for Your Journey
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Piglet: Simone Van Den Berg | stock.adobe.com
Swirl Girl: Andrew Ostrovsky | stock.adobe.com