Author: David Ault

Peacers

Peacers

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. – Henri J. M. Nouwen I admittedly struggle in my life’s work as a global educator. The systemic issues of poverty, suffering and inhumane labor practices at times shackle my heart and mind with an unbending futility. I must […]

What is Truth?

What is Truth?

I question my self-subscribed theology often. I feel that’s healthy. I continue to take into account the evolution of consciousness through us as a species and see how language, nuance, bias, and my leanings towards Process Theology still have incalculable layers. I will never comprehend all wisdom lessons in a one-dimensional body. I want to […]

This is Your Tomb Time

This is Your Tomb Time

Ram Dass wrote about visiting death row inmates in San Quentin. He recalled those visits to be equal to visiting the holiest of monasteries. As they meditated together, he described light pouring out of their hearts and how the whole experience was immeasurably profound. Those on death row, he said, “had been pushed into a […]

The Tuxedoed Jesus

The Tuxedoed Jesus

Years ago a prominent spiritual leader shared the story of her first invitation to a high profile political fundraiser. She felt the invitation came due to her strong opened criticism of certain elected figureheads. The attendees would be renowned leaders, celebrities and revered advocates. She invested a great deal of time and money in styling […]

Over Promise – Under Deliver

Over Promise – Under Deliver

Over promise – under deliver. I’ve heard it used to describe the scene of so many of our trust crimes. I’ve used it myself regarding maintenance workers, organizations, health care professionals and the esteemed spiritual teacher or three. But this week in meditation, I heard it differently. Over promise – under listen. When I reflect […]

The Demands of Transformation

The Demands of Transformation

Peace is felt in an atmosphere of surrender. An atmosphere of surrender is available through letting go of the conventional. Letting go the conventional requires the understanding that there are far more options available to consider than what you’ve seen modeled by others. The risk of being labeled foolish will actually nurture peace in your […]

We Are All Stoners

We Are All Stoners

In high school English class, we read a short story called The Lottery written by Shirley Jackson. It was first published in The New Yorker in 1948 and is still considered one of the most provoking short stories in American literature. Much of its metaphor was lost on my 1970’s youth but I do remember […]

Winter Solstice and the Power of Ritual

Winter Solstice and the Power of Ritual

Ritual has been a part of civilization since the beginning of our primitive existence. What brings it relevance and meaning in our modern world experience is the depth of intention we bring to the activity. This week, as we approach the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, we have the opportunity to engage in such […]

The Alchemy of Worry

The Alchemy of Worry

It’s noisy out there. Divisive and fearful opinions daily sound off like sirens which layer us with worry and a smothering forgetfulness that seems to blanket our innate genius. When we do nothing to filter the noise, then we, as a species, often try and numb it away. Substance abuse, work addiction and complete avoidance […]

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