Spirituality
Embracing Our Pain- Joanna Macy

Embracing Our Pain- Joanna Macy

Joanna Macy PhD, one of Rowe’s most beloved teachers, is a scholar of Buddhism, systems thinking and deep ecology. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, Joanna has created a ground-breaking framework for personal and social change that brings a new way of...

The Place Between- Pádraig Ó Tuama

The Place Between- Pádraig Ó Tuama

I open at the close.       J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows He demands a closenessWe all have earned a lightnessCarry my joy on the leftCarry my pain on the right       Björk, “Who Is It” I am the wind which breathes upon the sea,I am the wave of the...

Spiritual Help for the Burning West- Nan Moss

Spiritual Help for the Burning West- Nan Moss

This is both an account of events as well as a story. It is a story of humans reaching out to the world of spirits for help for the Earth and beings of the Earth. This is a story of human and spirit compassion, of intense need and help ultimately received. It is a...

Why Rumi is So Popular Now- Haleh Liza Gafori

Why Rumi is So Popular Now- Haleh Liza Gafori

This interview originally appeared: https://bowerypoetry.podbean.com/Three poems by Rumi translated by Haleh Liza GaforiLet’s love each other, let’s cherish each other, my friend, before we lose each other.  You’ll long for me when I’m gone. You’ll make a truce with...

The Gods May Be Watching: What We Saw In Crete- Ed Tick

The Gods May Be Watching: What We Saw In Crete- Ed Tick

Crete, Greece’s largest and southernmost island, sits in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It is halfway between Europe and Africa, the Iberian Peninsula and the Middle East. It has been occupied since Neolithic Times and, due to its unique and sensitive...

Why Wait to Meditate? Coffee to the Rescue- Edward Espe Brown

Why Wait to Meditate? Coffee to the Rescue- Edward Espe Brown

For years at the meditation center I rushed through my morning coffee. After all, if I did not drink it fast enough, I would be late for meditation. And that was important—to get to meditation on time. Otherwise I had to endure the social stigma of “being late,” as...

Rules to Live By- Edward Espe Brown

Rules to Live By- Edward Espe Brown

Once Katagiri Roshi told us, “Practicing Zen is not like training your dog: ‘Sit.’ ‘Heel.’ ‘Fetch.’ We are not training ourselves to be obedient and just follow the rules. We are training ourselves to wake up.” When a teacher says this, you know he’s seen a lot of...

Thresholds and Thin Times- Christine Valters Paintner

Thresholds and Thin Times- Christine Valters Paintner

In Celtic tradition there are many moments considered to be a “thin time” which means that heaven and earth feel closer and we might experience moments of connection to those who have gone before us in ways that we don’t usually. These moments are the daily portals of...

Attention Is the Beginning of Devotion- Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

Attention Is the Beginning of Devotion- Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

I recently came upon an essay of Mary Oliver’s written near the end of her life. In it, she writes of her longing in the Spring to discover what she describes as “the desire to be lost again, as long ago” in childhood. “Now in the spring I kneel,” she writes, “I put...