“Call on God, but Row Away from the Rocks” and similar

Three related quotes: “Call on God, but row away from the rocks” “Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.” “Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.” — Attribution unknown.*  But why worry about that if the words are wise? ———— *For many years, I thought …

Sunday Into Monday — The Beatitudes from 9 to 5

The Beatitudes – Matthew 5:3-12 – are some of the most-loved verses in the New Testament. Poetic and beautiful, they are easy to remember.  But are they easy to live?  Especially in the busy 9-to-5? “Sunday into Monday” is a one-hour workshop to help us “blessedly” live our 9-to-5 work hours, as Christ taught in …

Parker Palmer and Annie Dillard on Spirituality

Spirituality, like leadership, is a hard thing to define. But Annie Dillard has given us a vivid image of what authentic spirituality is about: “in the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology has warned us. But if you ride these monsters down, if you drop with them farther over the world’s rim, …

Three Buckets of Loving Kindness

Imagine three buckets, each filled to the brim with a different shade of loving kindness.  Paintbrushes hang from the first two buckets, but not the third. The first bucket holds loving kindness that you can only give to others.  When you pick up its brush, you’ll notice that it fits your hand perfectly.  It will …

Drunken Security – Chuang Tzu

A drunken man who falls out of a cart, though he may suffer, does not die.  His bones are the same as other people’s; but he meets his accident in a different way.  His spirit is in a condition of security.  He is not conscious of riding in the cart; neither is he conscious of …

Only This — Nancy Wilson Ross

Zen holds that there is no god outside the universe who has created it and has created man.  God–if I may borrow that words for a moment–the universe, and man are one indissoluble existence, one total whole.  Only THIS–capital THIS–is. — Nancy Wilson Ross from Zen to Go, Jon Winokur, ed., New American Library, 1989.