We might learn from the core concept of virtually any world spiritual philosophy that sentience prevails as the sole truth throughout time and existence--that peace settles upon the entity that chooses that eternal reality over the shadows that would obscure it. And what dark shadows--physical pain and suffering, the toil of making one's way in [...]


We must value well the calm of a peaceful mind, though we suffer continual temptation to squander it.  We sometimes seek the very things that deprive us of equanimity.  Idleness, anxiety, anger, greed, and ignorance all draw our gaze.  Ignoring them serves the soul.  Seeking their opposites–purpose, anticipation, contentment, satisfaction, and mindfulness–make us more ourselves.  [...]