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Lit Matches in the Dark

What is the meaning of life? That was all – a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come … Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark … –Virginia Woolf   I wrote and published an entire book whose overarching credo is about paying attention in our lives. Yep, I chronicled how I learned to do that and what a difference it made in my life. And yet, right now, in this moment on Earth, I feel like I am desperately seeking the matches in the dark that Woolf speaks of, sparks of joy or aha moments that lead me to the next one. And the next. The above quote is in David Schiller’s book called See Your Way to Mindfulness: Ideas and Inspirations to Open Your I. Clearly I plucked it off my shelf because I am on a spiritual quest for answers. I have never so badly wanted to know what was around the corner. What does our collective future hold? More fire? Wind? Rain? Violence? Rage? Division? What will we wake up to tomorrow? Breath. Intellectually I know I need to focus on that. One breath. Then the next. And yet each day it remains a challenge. I am distracted by the pain in the world. Doesn’t everyone feel it...

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The Uneasiness of Our Times

I realized at some point in my 40s that my assignment, the one handed to me at birth, is to find meaning in life. My life. Our life. Life. I do it by rote, the way some people brush their teeth or dust the furniture. Over the years, in the face of 9/11, a layoff, love gone wrong, the Catholic Church priest scandal, deaths of loved ones, and Superstorm Sandy, I’ve stayed on course with my assignment. Even when I couldn’t make sense of what was happening in the moment, I eventually saw the character building or the collective...

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