Category Archives: Listening

Monk in the World

Below is a link to a guest post I have written for the Abbey of the Arts “Monk in the World” guest post series. The Abbey is a virtual monastery offering a variety of online classes, reflections, and resources which integrate contemplative practice and … Continue reading

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Transforming Enemies into Friends

How is it that a nation, a group, a person becomes an enemy? I would like to suggest that someone becomes an enemy by the stories we hear and tell about them. Violence, insults, and super heated propaganda form the stories … Continue reading

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The Best Ways to Prevent Suicide

Talking and listening are the best ways to prevent suicide. Ask Ivar. There was once a famous poet and storyteller from Iceland who won fame in the court of the king of Norway, the court of king Eystein. Now the … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Listen to King Sweeney

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. I wonder how many of … Continue reading

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The Healing Power of Listening: The Healing of King Sweeney (part 4)

Cursed to live as a bird and blown about Ireland, Sweeney comes to rest in a thorn-infested hawthorn bush. Nearby was the hut of the hermit Mullin. He was a gentle man, and even the foxes came to him for … Continue reading

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