As we retreat from one another and the world to reduce our risk of contagion, the passing of harmful substances from one person to another, it makes me wonder about the transmission of health. Is this something that may also be passed from one person to another? It would seem not, because health is not … Continue reading Can health also be contagious?
In a video course about mindfulness meditation that I've been watching, there is a segment that discusses the importance of compassion, even and especially toward those for whom we feel antipathy, aversion, and even enmity. The simple practice is suggested of saying to oneself, when inconvenienced or annoyed by someone: "Just like me." That lady … Continue reading Just like me
Here's an essay that was originally published in LILIPOH. It's also included in a new edition of my little book Simply Sourdough, which is now being printed and sold by the Waldorf Early Chidhood Association of North America. I've turned over all the profits to WECAN in appreciation of their important work on behalf of … Continue reading Baking day
Recently I was hit by a blast of anger from an unexpected direction, from a person I thought I was on good working terms with. She was upset about something I had done, which I was willing to hear and take responsibility for as necessary, but I was stunned by the virulence of her reaction, … Continue reading As we forgive
When I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I found the author's assertion that cleaning up your stuff could have life-altering effects quaint and quirky. I wasn't a total skeptic -- I believe in the relationship between our outer and inner lives, and I could see how synchronicity could cause mild changes to occur … Continue reading How tidying up changed my life
We put a high value on being smart in our society. Intelligence, defined in a "get-ahead, beat-the-others" kind of way, is rewarded in school and required in order to get a high-income, high-status job. The thing is, this kind of intelligence is not very smart at all. It's pushed us to the brink of the … Continue reading The way of the wise fool