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Enlightenment, Service, Celebration

Art of Living was an easy thing to slip into for me, as I was raised with a lot of eastern spirituality in and around my family. The problem, as I see it, is that Art of Living says one … Continue reading

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When It Gets Worse

“Of comfort no man speak. Let’s talk of graves, of worms and epitaphs; Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes Write sorrow ¬†on the bosom of the earth.” Richard II (III.ii.144-7) My thoughts get darker. I dwell on death, … Continue reading

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Musings

(Our Good Doctor told me I ought to share this on the front page. Some musings from the last comment thread. Doctor’s orders.) My mother has told me stories of when she was in her guru group, how she and … Continue reading

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What if there is no afterlife?

My thoughts exactly, Hobbes.

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Haunted

Well. It’s just over a month since I officially Left, and I feel lots of conflicting and confusing things now, but not one single time have I felt I made the wrong choice. I am more certain than ever that … Continue reading

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What a CU*T!

Let’s talk about the C-word. C-U-L-T. Having been born into a spiritual community, I’ve always been very sensitive about the C-word. In my case one parent’s cult is another parent’s religion, and I have a hard time getting enough distance … Continue reading

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Note to Self

“Love God, and do what you will.”

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With apologies to The Lovin’ Spoonful…

I came to Art of Living as a secular spiritualist searching for a meditation practice to help me recover from polycystic ovarian syndrome and its unsettling side effects; a beloved teacher and a community of kindred were blissful bonuses. Ultimately … Continue reading

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A Card Carrying Member of the Rank and File Dissenters Club :-D

First of all, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone over at Beyond the Art of Living for welcoming me into the community of dissent and encouraging me to express myself and stay safe. Traffic on this … Continue reading

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an open letter

Following is a letter I wrote to the father of two girls whom I met in a YES course as an assistant last year. It was my favorite seva assignment ever, and just what I always wanted to do–teach kids … Continue reading

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