The Fleeting Self-Image

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Many spiritual paths teach that to cling is to feel pain. Moreover, sometimes we hold onto things, events, and people even though we know it hurts.  The question is, why? Who would knowingly cause themselves pain?…Read the post by a special guest writer at the new Urban Spiritual!

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City Living: Finding Stillness Beneath the Maelstrom

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By guest-writer Kate Moran

Sunday, 3/10/13
(Recorded in real time and then transcribed)

I’ve been going about it all the wrong way. I’ve been thinking about what to write for days. I wanted it to be thoughtful, important, and impactful –something worth reading. I’ve been thinking about emotions and events and how we as humans can continue living in the fullest, most fulfilling way. And needless to say, I’ve been struggling to make the words come. I now see I’ve been going about it all wrong…

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A Call to Jedi-ism: The Force that Binds Us

By guest-writer Christina Stone

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“Every atom you possess has almost certainly passed through several stars and been part of millions of organisms on its way to becoming you. We are each so atomically numerous and so vigorously recycled at death that a significant number of our atoms – up to a billion for each of us, it has been suggested – probably once belonged to Shakespeare.  A billion more each came from Buddha and Genghis Khan and Beethoven, and any other historical figure you care to name. So we are all reincarnations – though short-lived ones. When we die our atoms will disassemble and move off to find new uses elsewhere – as part of a leaf or other human being or drop of dew.”

– A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson

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Why Love Hurts, and Being a Wholesome Half

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Painting by Sue Halstenberg

My wife and I were speaking to a very good friend of ours who was inquiring about our relationship of seven and a half years (almost 3 years married). At one point she said, “You guys are lucky,” to which my wife promptly responded, “Well, no.” Because I know her so well, I knew what she meant before she began to explain. Her point was that it upsets her when she speaks to single people who envy those of us in relationships as if finding someone is the be-all, end-all. Not that our friend was saying this, mind you, but her comment spurned this topic. It certainly began turning the wheels in my head.

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Artist’s Contemplation: The Selfish Artist, A Bridge to the Soul

By guest-writer Christina Stone

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” – Stella Adler

Rejection.  All artists must deal with it.  All humans must deal with it.  My idea isn’t good enough, I don’t make enough money, I’m under qualified, I’m over qualified, I’m not the right type, I’m not cool enough, I’m not good enough.  For artists I venture to say that rejection comes much more frequently and can be exponentially more devastating.

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Liberation: Soothing the Ego

Listen to your mental chatter today. Be very attentive. Often there are processes going on that are subtly ingrained in our thought patterns. Do you find yourself complaining, or mumbling curses, or engaging in self-degradation? That is the ego.

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Tao: honoring space

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Anyone who lives in a large city will tell you that space is a valuable commodity. Everyday, I see people riding the train to and from work vying for a seat or even just a small spot in which to stand. Yet, this idea of conquered space is not limited to city-dwelling. It is a universally human trait to desire more; more space, more dominion, more control, more room with which to fill our egos…

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Artist’s Contemplation: Walls

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The Berlin Wall

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By guest artist/writer, Joe Marinelli

I took this picture of the Berlin Wall nearly two years ago while studying abroad during the second half of my junior year. I didn’t think much of it at the time – if I recall correctly, I shot this in the middle of an exhaustive walking tour of the city, which crammed the best of Berlin into a ten-hour tour.

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