Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

No Way Café

There is nobody who can teach the way of no way. It cannot be learned either. Teaching and learning require someone. When there is no longer anybody, then the way of no way is evident and there is neither need for learning nor desire for teaching.

~Todd Jackson

Knowing beyond Not Knowing

Start with “I don’t know.” Why not start with where you’ll end up anyway? ~Adyashanti This quote inspired the second chapter of my book Your Breath Is Your Guru. It refers to thinking that we can know or understand truth with our thinking minds. When we begin to question what we think we know, we […]

Living as a Perfect Human Being

Not once but twice in recent weeks I caught myself being judgmental in a way that surprised me. Both times, my judgment was based on a narrative, a story I was telling myself about things I had observed. At its inception an observation is neutral, but then we quickly start embellishing it with interpretations and […]

Do-It-Yourself Inspiration

One of the things I did last year to sustain me during some challenging times was to create my own inspiration cards. I got some multi-colored index cards, some pens with various colors of ink, and a box. Then I started writing down quotes, poems, thoughts, verses, whatever caught my attention and provided inspiration, encouragement, […]

Asking for Help

It’s hard to ask for help. We like to be self-sufficient and not have to depend on anyone else. Our culture values independence. Asking for help is seen as weak, not fully in control. And you know we all like to be in control! Being in control is seen as strong. But let’s think about […]

The Trap of Self-Improvement

Self-improvement is big business. It permeates our culture and our psyches. We are bombarded by messages of not-quite-good-enoughness from every direction, as well as promises of how to be better in every imaginable way. And it’s hard to argue that being healthier, happier, smarter, kinder, holier, and so on, would be a bad thing. There […]

Always Lead with Love

Always lead with love  You will never falter  You will never make a mistake  For love navigates true and unerring  Along paths of infinite connection  Revealing the wondrous web of all creation  

A Gift Horse

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Sometimes life brings us a gift of such overwhelming magnitude that it’s hard to resist trying to make sense of it in our rational minds. Our minds are dedicated in their mission to label, categorize, explain, and construct narrative, to fit everything neatly into an organized system […]

Death Held Out His Hand

Death held out his hand  Walk with me a while, he said  So I took his hand  And walked along beside him  At first afraid, I calmed in his presence  For he held me dear in love  And fear melted into wonder  He did not take me then  It was not my time  But he is never far  And life is richer for it  

Shadow Beliefs about Happiness

Years ago when I was researching and writing about happiness, one question kept coming up. If we all say we want to be happy, why aren’t we? Before we go further, let’s expand our concept of happiness to include joy, well being, wonder, awe, contentment, inner peace, enjoyment, just basic okayness, and any other related […]

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