Eric Alan

Wise Animal Eyes

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Wise Animal Eyes

by Eric Alan
March 5, 2017

I’m grateful for the perspectives of animals. I particularly appreciate their views of the world when human perspective (especially my own) is limited or lacking. So often I have a sense that I’m missing something, until I see again through an a... Read more

Valentine for Mom

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Valentine for Mom

by Eric Alan
February 5, 2017

With February comes Valentine’s Day, giving a scripted moment to think of the ones we love or miss. A meadow of complex emotions blooms, around that scheduled day of love. Beyond the calendar’s confines, in truth, every day of every season is th... Read more

Release, Receive, Renew

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Release, Receive, Renew

by Eric Alan
January 8, 2017

The year begins with flurries of snow and feelings. Both swirl around me with brilliance, wonder and chill. I celebrate their hard beauty even as their colder edge reaches my bones. The impending year is yet opaque, impervious to the influence of prediction... Read more

Enough

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Enough

by Eric Alan
December 11, 2016

I’ve seen a lifetime of cartoon variations on the theme of seeking wisdom from a mountaintop guru. I’ve spent the same lifetime seeking wisdom from the mountains themselves, and never once have I found a guru there. This summer in Montana, thoug... Read more

Gratitude as a Refuge

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Gratitude as a Refuge

by Eric Alan
November 12, 2016

Wild times in the world—on that, I believe we can all agree. More wild times are surely to come.  Gratitude is a refuge in even the wildest times, though. It’s not a refuge of escape, either. Gratitude is a way of engaging with the t... Read more

No Losers

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No Losers

by Eric Alan
October 16, 2016

The beauty and grace of baseball have been a refuge for me since childhood. For a devoted fan like me, October playoff baseball is the compelling coda to a long season of intrigue. It’s also a time of anxiety, for anyone with attachment to the fortune... Read more

Natural Meditation

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Natural Meditation

by Eric Alan
September 18, 2016

I celebrate the openness and inner peace that comes from meditation, and feel a deep yearning to experience it more fully. Like many people, however, I find that traditional meditation is something to which I feel resistance without the supporting structure... Read more

The Society Beneath My Porch

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The Society Beneath My Porch

by Eric Alan
July 23, 2016

I celebrate the beauty of life force itself, as it insistently seeks expression through an apparently limitless array of species. That beauty often has a dangerous edge, for all species must defend themselves in this highly competitive and conflicted worl... Read more

The Freedom in Constraints

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The Freedom in Constraints

by Eric Alan
June 19, 2016

By some measures, the ideal feeling of freedom is the lightness and joy that comes from a lack of constraints. It’s a sensation of being almost beyond gravity, whether it be in love or creativity or democracy.   ... Read more

Appreciating Whatever I'm Given

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Appreciating Whatever I'm Given

by Eric Alan
May 22, 2016

I find many things, most of which were never lost. Oh, errant dollars and other scattered possessions appear at my feet on occasion; but mostly what I find is all that waits to be noticed. It might be the curl of a single leaf, or the way the morning light... Read more