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Working Effectively When You’re Overwhelmed

By Leo Babauta I’ve noticed that so many people are feeling overwhelmed, scattered, and stressed – so much so that focus and effective work become incredibly difficult. So what can we do to be more effective in the midst of this scattered, overwhelmed state? Today I’m going to share the top three things I do to help myself find focus and effectiveness even when I’m at my most scattered. The Interstitial Pause The first thing I recommend is a pause between anything you do — I call it the Interstitial Pause. Basically, instead of switching from o...

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Authentic Natural Self

teaching Dec 01, 2022 "Before thinking" is easy to talk about but difficult to practice. Our desire, anger, and ignorance are so powerful, so encompassing, and solid that we don’t even recognize their impact. Many people who first hear about before thinking find it absurd. Others feel that it is impossible to not attach to their thinking. This leads us to the realm of Zen practice. Though our delusion seems enormous and our suffering feels so daunting and profound, Zen practice offers us a way to deconstruct our delusion. We can live a more cen...

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King’s Chapel and It’s Prayer Book


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.   King’s Chapel and its Prayer Book John Harcourt Members of Saint John’s visiting Boston may have discovered King’s Chapel on Tremont Street at the foot of Beacon Hill. Those who have ventured inside for a service may have been vaguely disconcerted. The text in their hands was entitled The Book of Common Prayer; its format and much of the language would have seemed fami...

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Recalling the Catholic Nun & Zen Master Sister Elaine McInnis


Recalling the Catholic Nun & Zen Master Sister Elaine McInnis November 30, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       I’ve just learned that Sister Elaine McInnis, Catholic nun and Zen master died yesterday, November 29th, 2023. If I did the calculations correctly, she was 99 years old. A number of years ago I served on the membership committee of the American Zen Teachers Association. I...

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Salvation by Character: Recalling My Spiritual Ancestor William Ellery Channing

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Salvation by Character: Recalling My Spiritual Ancestor William Ellery Channing November 29, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       William Ellery Channing was born on this day, the 29th of November in 1780, in Newport, Rhode Island. I try to acknowledge this every year. I count him as one of my more important spiritual influences, in a very real sense he was a spiritual ancestor. I was ...

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A Vision of William Blake: The Original Spiritual If Not Religious


A Vision of William Blake: The Original Spiritual If Not Religious November 28, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.           I give you the end of a golden string;Only wind it into a ball,It will lead you in at Heaven’s gate,Built in Jerusalem’s wall.  William Blake was born on this day, the 28th of November in 1757, in Soho, in Westminster, in London. His family were Dissenters and his wh...

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A FEAST FOR SAINTS BARLAAM & JOSAPHAT: A Meditation on Syncretisms of Several Varieties


A FEAST FOR SAINTS BARLAAM & JOSAPHAT: A Meditation on Syncretisms of Several Varieties November 27, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       A FEAST FOR SAINTS BARLAAM & JOSAPHATA Meditation on Syncretisms of Several Varieties James Ishmael Ford There is a tradition. It tells us one of Jesus’ apostles, Thomas, who we know as the Doubter, carried the message of Jesus all the way to...

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The Motley Bodhisattva: Patron of those who Walk Between Religions


The Motley Bodhisattva: Patron of those who Walk Between Religions November 25, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       The Motley Bodhisattva by John Ching Hsiung Wu The Bodhisattva Shan-hui, better known as Fu Ta-shih, born in 497, was one of the most extraordinary figures in Buddhism and an important precursor of the School of Zen. Once he was invited by Emperor Wu of Liang (who reigne...

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The Peace of the Rhinoceros: A Small Meditation on a Sufi Teacher and an Old Zen Koan


The Peace of the Rhinoceros: A Small Meditation on a Sufi Teacher and an Old Zen Koan November 23, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.         Toward the One,the Perfection of Love, Harmony, and Beauty,the Only Being,United with all the Illuminated Souls,Who form the Embodiment of the Master, the Spirit of Guidance. When I lived in the Zen monastery in Oakland, I served on the jisha team re...

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THE GOOSE IN THE BOTTLE: Exploring Possibilities of InterSpiritual Zen Buddhist & Christian Dialogue


THE GOOSE IN THE BOTTLE: Exploring Possibilities of InterSpiritual Zen Buddhist & Christian Dialogue November 20, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       THE GOOSE IN THE BOTTLEExploring the Possibilities of Interspiritual Dialogue A Sermon delivered at theFirst Congregational Church of Long Beach United Church of Christ 20 November 2022 James Ishmael Ford First, thank you so much for...

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How the Feeling of Pointlessness Can Derail Us

By Leo Babauta Something I’ve noticed that derails a lot of people’s goals or attempts to form habits is the feeling that it’s pointless to even try. If it feels like it won’t matter if you do anything … why would you try? And so when people feel this, they will usually give up, understandably. But if we want to break through this barrier, then the opportunity is to learn how to work with this feeling of pointlessness. If we can find a way to feel empowered when things feel pointless, a whole new range of possibilities opens up for us — includi...

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Today, the 19th of November, 1863


Today, the 19th of November, 1863 November 19, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     It was on this day, the 19th of November, at the dedication of a graveyard at Gettysburg, after the keynote speaker the remarkable Unitarian clergyman Reverend Edward Evertt held forth for two hours; that President Abraham Lincoln stood and spoke two hundred and eighty five words… Browse Our Archives Orig...

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Recalling Howard Thurman: A Saint for our Times


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       When the song of the angels is stilled,when the star in the sky is gone,when the kings and princes are home,when the shepherds are back with their flocks,the work of Christmas begins: to find the lost,to heal the broken,to feed the hungry,to release the prisoner,to rebuild the nations,to bring peace among the people,to make music in the heart. Howard Thurman Howard...

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Good Old, Bad Old Alan Watts: An Ongoing Appreciation


Good Old, Bad Old Alan Watts: An Ongoing Appreciation November 16, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.         Last year on this day, the 16th of November, I wrote a small appreciation of Alan. Watts. He died on this day in 1973. And I find it not a bad time to pause and think of him. Watts remains an important figure in my life. And, more important I think he stands as a significant figure...

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Meaning Of Life Turns Into A Vow

jason quinn jdpsn teaching Nov 15, 2022 When we see the impermanence of this world and discover who we truly are, we can realize a truth that goes beyond impermanence. The truth is something every human being can perceive intrinsically and is already clear in every moment. It is acknowledging the difficulties and dissatisfaction in our own lives, which helps us to see the difficulties and dissatisfaction in the lives of others. We can see that many people are in a great need of help. When we perceive that need clearly, the meaning of life turns...

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A Path for Spiritual Adults: Francis David & the First Church to Embrace the name Unitarian

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A Path for Spiritual Adults: Francis David & the First Church to Embrace the name Unitarian November 15, 2022 James Ford Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     In this world there have always been many opinions about faith and salvation. You need not think alike to love alike. There must be knowledge in faith also. Sanctified reason is the lantern of faith. Religious reform can never be all at once, b...

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Nellie Bly Begins her Trip Around the World


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     It was on this day, the 14th of November in 1890 that the remarkable and almost too amazing to be believed, but carefully documented so so very much real Nellie Bly embarked on her famous trip around the world. Her journey was measured against the fictional Phileas Fog’s trip around the world in 80 days. She arrived home after a seventy-two day race, besting the fict...

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Thomas Cleary on Dongshan’s Five Ranks


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.       The Five Ranks of Dongshan Liangjie Comments by Thomas Cleary Five Ranks, Three Roads, Three Falls, Three Leaks, Four Types of Different Kinds The Five Ranks The five ranks may be viewed as a progression of stages of development or an analysis of different degrees of integration. In the first, called the relative within the absolute one practices detachment and int...

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Of Boats and Storms and a Little Kindness


Patheos Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world.     On Social media there’s a meme that’s going around, at least in my small corner of that world. I’ve seen a couple of versions. One is part of a larger poem by Damien Barr: I heard that we are in the same boat.But it’s not that.We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.your ship can be shipwrecked and mine might not be.Or vice versa. The poem is longer and ad...

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Committed & Unattached: A Powerful Way to Work

By Leo Babauta I’ve been diving deep into working with full commitment lately, in my personal transformative work and working with my clients. It’s fascinating work. The biggest stumbling point for people is the dichotomy between: Being detached from the goal, which can ironically make it more likely to achieve the goal. For many people though, this detachment can often mean you aren’t moving as strongly towards the goal, because you don’t care as much. It often shows up like getting up in the morning and putting the goal aside.Being fully comm...

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