Author Archives: John Cali

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posticon The Healing Power of Mother Nature

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People say to me so often, “Jane, how can you be so peaceful when everywhere around you people want books signed, people are asking these questions and yet you seem peaceful?” And I will always answer that it is the peace of the forest that I carry inside.” Jane Goodall, British anthropologist.

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Redwood Forest

I grew up in rural New York State. My favorite pastime was wandering through the woods and hills, even when most kids my age were dating, going to parties, playing sports, etc.Read more

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posticon Parable of the Beautiful House of Light

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When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone. Nay, God is within, and your genius is within. ~ Epictetus, Greek Stoic philosopher

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We’re doing something a bit different today. A while back, best-selling author and filmmaker James Twyman  wrote a powerful parable. Today, with his permission, we’re sharing it with you.

Many years ago, longer than you can even remember, you bought a beautiful house but covered every window with dark, heavy shades.Read more

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posticon The Spirit of Kindness

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The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines. ~ Charles Kuralt 1934-1997, American Journalist

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Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Since I’m away from home this holiday weekend of Thanksgiving in the United States, we’re keeping this post shorter than usual.

In today’s topsy-turvy world, it’s easy to grow cynical about the human race. Is there any hope for us? Well, Charles Kuralt, in his words above, certainly seems to think so.Read more

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posticon Can Politics and Spirituality Go Together?

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…if there is any principle of the (United States) Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other, it is the principle of free thought—not free thought for those who agree with us, but freedom for the thought that we hate. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, US Supreme Court Justice

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United States Supreme Court Building, Washington DC

My answer to the question our title asks is, “Definitely, yes!” Here’s Spirit.

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You don’t have to glue yourselves to the news media to see how vicious human relationships with each other can be today.Read more

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Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. ~ Anthony J. DiAngelo, The College Blue Book

 

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Is there someone in your life you have, perhaps, forgotten? Is there some precious memory you have released and want to reclaim? Maybe now’s the time to remember, reclaim and reconnect.

Spirit gave me this message early one dark and cold, snowy morning earlier this week. It’s one of their shortest ever.

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This moment on your planet may seem the worst of all times. But, actually, it’s the best of all times.Read more