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by Eric Alan

November 24, 2018

Thanksgiving inspires diverse discussions about gratitude. Recently, a friend asked me how I experience gratitude. Is it a thought? Does it arise in my experiential body, beyond where thinking reaches? Does it begin with a thought and then seep into feeling? Is gratitude something else altogether?

Since I didn’t answer her clearly, I decide to go ask the trees. That’s best, when I’m stumped. I’m just a listener… READ MORE

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by Lauri Gwilt

November 17, 2018

“It’s what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope… again, and again, and again.” Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks.

To restore order: READ MORE

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by Eric Alan

October 27, 2018

Here in the Oregon woods, we don’t rake away the fallen maple leaves, nor the oak, nor anything that falls in the forest and still belongs there. Slowly the leaves of differing trees become one, become part of the soil. The leaves feed the trees they fall from. They feed the ground itself, without waste or comment. The inherent wisdom of the leaves inspires me—including how they need no mind to play their perfect part.… READ MORE

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