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Burnaby Mountain and the Practice of Satya


by Andy Sinclair Yoga, for me, is a path into spirituality. When I first began to study it, I learned about the eight limbs, or branches, of ashtanga yoga. That was interesting. However, I mostly wanted to learn about the third limb, asana – the postures. I loved being effortful and physical and it was […]

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What Does Compassion Change?


by Robert V. Thompson Several months ago, the school clerk at the McNair School in Decatur, Georgia, was unexpectedly greeted by a gunman who approached her desk.  The first words out of his mouth were, “I don’t have any reason to live and I know I am going to die today.” Antoinette Tuff admits feeling […]

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Change the World? Change the Conversation!


by Robert V. Thompson Approximately 7,000 people attended the 1993 Parliament of World Religions in Chicago.  In one workshop, the presenter was a Sikh separatist. He argued vehemently against the Hindus, saying that Sikhs should have their own state in India. He became strident, and (not surprisingly) a Hindu fundamentalist in the room reacted angrily. […]

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More Excerpts from an Idle No More Diary


by Donna Sinclair Day One: Wednesday Jim and I visited our Member of Parliament, Jay Aspin, today. We pointed out the need for consultation with First Nations before the government takes any actions that would impinge upon treaty rights and the environment. Case in point: Bill C-45’s unilateral gutting of river and lake protection. It […]

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Words for the Congregation


by David Sparks It was my turn to offer the pastoral prayer in our church on Sunday and I wondered how the prayer in Pastoral Prayers to Share Year C would work out in practice. The Monday before the service, I looked at the prayer for the third Sunday after Epiphany and found that it […]

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An Idle No More Diary


by Donna Sinclair Day One: Sunday I went with friends to an Idle No More planning meeting at Nipissing First Nation, near North Bay, Ontario.  It felt good to be welcomed as a non-indigenous person. One of the youth organizers described his visit with Chief Theresa Spence during her fast. He was clearly moved by […]

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Awakening the Peaceful Beast Within


by Susan McCaslin Sometimes a writer notices themes and patterns in her work that she wasn’t consciously aware of during the initial writing.  I noticed recently that three of the twelve chapters of my book Arousing the Spirit specifically address the question of how to embody peace in the world. When I mention to friends […]

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Peaceful Resisters


by Susan McCaslin I feel like I’ve always been a Peacenik. Recently, I noticed that my book of essays, Arousing the Spirit, contains no less than three essays on peace, so you could say “peace-making” is a sub-theme of this book about the mystical way. Though I was born with the same propensities for violence […]

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The Wars Against the Self


by Susan McCaslin Today, September 21, is the International Day of Peace. By the time you read this blog, the occasion will have passed, but like Mother’s Day (which for some has become a sentimentalizing of the mothering principle) the practice of active peacekeeping can easily be forgotten in the day-to-day of living. I’ve been […]

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