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I read this…

I read this on OZY.com. yesterday. “The world has gone dark, motionless. People aren’t allowed to leave their homes, turn on the lights, use a computer, light a flame or participate in any entertainment or work, and if they must speak, it should be done at the quietest level. This postapocalyptic-sounding martial law actually exists one day of the year in Bali, Indonesia, during Nyepi, a Hindu celebration for the Saka New Year. Bali, with its more than 4 million residents of varying faiths and…

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A Trillion

For most of us, it’s difficult to fathom what a trillion dollars is. Sure it’s a million million, or a thousand billion, but beyond that, it is hard to understand what a trillion is except to say that’s a lot of money or stuff, if you are counting things. If we look at it another way, the understanding of the amount becomes mind boggling. If someone started counting seconds, like one…two….three, the moment that Jesus Christ was born that person would be up to just…

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The Eclipse

America had its eclipse event yesterday. The Moon blocked the sun with its shadow swath across our land. People were excited to see the phenomenon both with protective glasses and with ignorant stares into the sun. For me, I listened and watched the events that lead up to the moon’s passage as well as the passage itself. I am only reporting personally here. Within twenty-four hours of the celestial experience, I was driving on a rural road in the Catskills mountains of New York State…

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Sleeping on the Ground

Many years ago, I met the chief priest of the national forest of Togo. He came to a conference at Oxford College in Great Britain. It was cold at that time in England. The priest wore no shoes. I asked him why he wore no shoes. He said, “to feel the earth.” Recently I read an essay on spiritual ecology, and it talked about connecting to nature through the senses and feelings of the body. It brought back atavistic sensations of when I was an…

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