The Art of Listening

Recently I posted an article describing how the stillness of meditation had opened my ears to the sounds around us that go largely unnoticed. For me it postulated the idea that hearing and listening are two very different things. We hear many things throughout our busy days, but rarely are we actively listening. This difference … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part VI: The Yin and Yang of Love

Although I cannot imagine this will be the last time I write about the topic of love, I do think this will be the final in this series “Defining Love”. Please feel free to read the earlier posts in this series. As my readers already know, I always learn from writing on any topic. Through … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part V: Conditionally Yours

Please feel free to read Parts I through IV of this series previously posted. Now that we have discussed Philos (mental) love and Eros (physical) love, it is time to move on to Agape (spiritual) love. This is the type of love we are referring to when we speak of unconditional love. If Philos was … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part III: What Love Is This

Please feel free to read Parts I & II of this series previously posted. Now that we have separated sex and love and discussed its common over use as a word, we are ready to delve a little deeper into the subject matter. I had devoted an article specifically on the separation of sex and … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part IV: Let’s Get Physical

Please feel free to read Parts I, II & III of this series previously posted. In my last post discussing Philos or mental love, I stated it was chosen as the starting point as it was the lowest level of the three types of love. And I still think that is accurate. However, the next … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part II – When Like Isn’t Enough

If you have not done so, please feel free to read “Defining Love – Part I – Sex ≠ Love” previously posted. Now that we have separated the emotional concept of “love” from the physical act of “sex”, we can hopefully move forward with defining love. Let’s start by understanding why we need to define … Continue reading

Defining Love – Part I: Sex ≠ Love

“Love” is one of the most commonly used words, and the least understood. It defies definition, yet we all use it with the premise it means the same thing to all of us. It is intrinsically diverse in meaning and scope. And as such, it is a challenge for me to write about. But I … Continue reading

Where’s My Line?

We have all heard the phrase that “honesty is the best policy”. And we can easily equate honesty with the truth. In fact, it is nearly impossible to find a definition of honesty that does not include the word truth or being truthful as a reference. And the following will use these words as interchangeable … Continue reading

The Fonder Heart

It is often said, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”. And I guess, as with all general idioms about life, that is mostly true. We miss our friends, partners, and family when their absence is short-term and circumstantially required. When they are off on a business trip, vacation, or other activity that makes them geographically separated … Continue reading

If You Love, Love Openly

In the small village of Takenaka, there was a small monastery led by a well-revered Taoist Master. With him lived and studied twenty monks and one nun whose name was Eshon. Eshon was very pretty, even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Over time and with no encouragement from Eshon, several monks … Continue reading

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