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The End of the World and What Remains

I open the window and the smell of blossoms wafts in. A friend calls, someone whose intelligence and sensitivity I greatly respect, someone who follows climate science very closely. She tells me that she thinks the…

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No Happy Ending

When I was young, one of the most frequently heard advertising jingles was the soothing voice of Ronald Reagan in the General Electric commercial telling us that: “Progress is our most important product.” In the 1950’s…

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Is India More Nondual Than Chicago?

This chapter of Painting the Sidewalk with Water is a talk and dialog transcribed from one of Joan’s meetings in Chicago sometime between 2004 and 2006: Since so-called Eastern spirituality has come to the West, many…

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Many Roads to Here & Now

The ever-present, ever-changing, nonconceptual actuality of the present moment is effortlessly presenting itself right now. This bare being is nondual, undivided, boundless, and without obstruction. But we don’t always seem to be experiencing life in this…

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