Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl


Think on These Things

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things. ~Philippians 4:8 Since the beginning of the year, I have paid a lot more attention to my thoughts. Many of us […]

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 78

Under heaven nothing is more soft and yielding than water Yet nothing is better for overcoming what is hard and stiff   As we approach the end of the Tao Te Ching’s 81 chapters, the text returns to the theme of water. Water is the most common metaphor for the energy of Tao. It flows

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Now Is the Time

If it weren’t for my mind, my meditation would be excellent. ~Pema Chodron You’ve heard me frequently emphasize and encourage practice. I’ve talked about the “razor’s edge” of practice, that place where we are challenged to release, expand, embrace, accept, forgive. The place where we meet fear on the battlefield and bow in respect. The

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George Pays It Forward

In a recent post, I described my grandson’s loving acceptance of George the lemur who lost his tail. This morning, George was found with his hand resting on Chao Chao in what appears to be a gesture of kindness. (Everyone denies staging this scenario, so think what you will about how this came about.) Chao

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Love Like the Sun

Love like the sunDispelling all darknessToasting comfy the deepest chillLove like the rainShowering all without reservationSlaking thirst and washing cleanLove like the windFree and fierceShaking loose what no longer servesLove like the starsTwinkling bright to delight the eyeTo unerringly guide the lostLove like the earthFecund forgivingBlessing with abundanceLove like the flowersHappy to be aliveOffering beauty

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 62

Tao is the honored source of all creationThe awakened person treasures itThe unenlightened are protected by it This chapter is an ode to the natural beauty and humble majesty of Tao. Similar to the Bible’s observation that the sun shines and the rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, here we are told

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