Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

compassion

Life, the Ultimate Koan

A koan is a paradoxical statement or question used in Zen Buddhism to confound logical thinking and facilitate enlightenment. For example, what is the sound of one hand clapping? Our brains like to identify, categorize, explain, and evaluate. When they are not able to do this, they get agitated and start scanning more anxiously for …

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Just the Way Love Is

Mind has determined, “Reason comes to this point and can go no further.” Love does not even see the barrier. When Love crashes through mind’s familiar understanding of how things ought to be, mind can only cry out, “That’s a miracle!” “No,” Love answers, “that’s just the way I am.” ~Emmanuel’s Book III This passage …

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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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Allowing Ourselves to Receive Love

The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realised. ~Henri Nouwen As a spiritual practice, “allowing” is often described as an acceptance of what is. We sometimes think of this acceptance of reality as not struggling against something that we don’t like. But we overlook the …

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Kiss Gently with Compassion

Kiss gently with compassion  All that come to you  The babe and the crone  The beggar and the king  The wise and the foolish  The angry and the meek  The joyful and the grieved  The fearful and the brave  Touch all their hearts with love  And smile sweetly to their soul  Embrace them with forgiveness  And send them on with blessing  

Living with Beginner’s Mind in an Expert World

One of the images often used to describe Dao, or a person who is aligned with Dao, is the Chinese character  朴 . It means simple, pure, in the original or basic state. It literally means an uncarved block of wood. In that uncarved block are many possible forms that might emerge under the carver’s …

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