we tend to be slaves to powerful emotions

Everyone wants a happy life without difficulties or suffering. We create many of the problems we face. No one intentionally creates problems, but we tend to be slaves to powerful emotions like anger, hatred and attachment that are based on misconceived projections about people and things. We need to find ways of reducing these emotions by eliminating the ignorance that underlies them and applying opposing forces.

Dalai Lama


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A bit of pause –

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with profound love we are saddened by this tragic loss of life


This morning we awoke to the news that 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hot Shot Crew, out of Payson, AZ, tragically lost their lives on Sunday, June 30, 2013, while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. It is the deadliest wildland fire since 1933, according to a list from the U.S. National Wildfire Coordinating Group. 

“Our entire crew was lost,” Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo told reporters Sunday night. “We just lost 19 of some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. Right now, we’re in crisis.”

Arizona columnist E.J. Montini wrote:

The experts will examine the evidence and attempt to figure out what went wrong and how, or if, it can be prevented from happening again.

One thing that does not need to be explained is the bravery of those who died.

A fire broke out and threatened a town and they answered the call.

Heat and wind and uncertainty did not deter them.

They were called upon and they went.

Some years back the author Norman Maclean wrote a book called “Young Men and Fire” which told the story of 13 firefighters lost in the Mann Gulch fire in Montana in 1949.

The firefighters lost in the Yarnell Hill Fire are part of a tradition of  hard work and sacrifice and loss that has long been a part of fighting forest fires.

But just as we needed them, and they answered, their families will be needing us.

And we must answer.

No explanation for what happened will be good enough.


The loss is too much.

It will always be too much.

 It has been my experience that when people walk on they leave a powerful legacy. When our lives are the least bit touched by those who walk on and we choose to identify a thread of their legacy and make the conscious decision to carry that thread of the legacy forward, our lives become blessed and we are able to bless the lives of so many as we continue on our journey of bringing light into darkness.

 The piece of their legacy that i personally understand and relate to is – “They were called upon and they went.” i will carry this forward in my daily life – i will make myself available and when I am called upon I will go where I am needed.

 With deep love and appreciation i send heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of those who lost their lives.

Thank you for the extraordinary life lesson and legacy. 

Authorities believe lightning sparked the Yarnell Hill fire on Friday. On behalf of the FUSION Foundation and the Peace Walkers Sangha we extend our hearts and send prayers to the family and friends of the 19 firefighters – we mourn the loss of such brave men and women -for more information: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/01/us/arizona-firefighter-deaths/index.html



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What the World Needs Now . . .

is love sweet love

i so loved the song from years ago

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may i be a channel of peace

may i be a channel of peace;
that where there is hatred, i bring love;
that where there is wrong, i bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, i bring harmony;
that where there is error, i bring truth;
that where there is doubt, i bring faith;
that where there is despair, i bring hope;
that where there is darkness, i  bring light;
that where there is sadness, i bring joy.
may i seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by surrendering daily that one awakens to eternal life.

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You have a profound judgement about me that I do not share about you!

the lesson of the day: i have a friend, a dear friend whom I have traveled this journey of life with for nearly four decades – in the light of the overturn of DOMA she has expressed an intense perspective about how the Bible supports the judgement of people who are have a different world view then her perspective.

What I love about my friend is her beautiful heart – the depth of her desire to be of service in the world. I have witnessed this in so many friends who are held in captivity by the pronunciations of damnation and judgement, by the limitations of living in fear. Their exceptional desire for all to be “saved” is born out of their desire – their sacred calling, their need for sacred purpose. I get it and I honor this in them.

I am fully present to the immeasurable amount of fear so many are living in today. Western society exploits this fear, feeds this fear. The greatest challenge to living a fully liberated life is contingent upon the extent of our willingness to embrace our capacity for love and acceptance. Our flexibility for change.

It has been said that once the pain of not making the change becomes greater then the fear of changing we will make the change. Okay, that has been true in my life AND what is more prevalent today is that when i willingly seek to go deeper in my realized journey of life on planet earth – to use love as the powerful force of walking through fear i come to a greater understanding of me and of you and the world. And, frankly i don’t have near the amount of bruises!

My response to her and others i am encountering along the journey: “Obviously you have a profound judgement about me that I do not share about you – i choose to stay with you on this journey, for someday, you will have an experience that will bring you to a place that will rocket you into such a profound change in your life – when that happens i want you to know – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that i have a deep and profound love for you and your journey of being released from such crippling fear, your journey to freedom – may peace be with you my friend

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On School Shooters – The Huffington Post Doesn’t Want You To Read This

Powerful self reflection on recent school shootings, anger, violence, redemption and a road forward thanks for the depth and weight of your powerful insight Peter Brown Hoffmeister!

Peter Brown Hoffmeister

After the Huffington Post signed me on as a blogger and allowed me to write op-ed pieces on any topic, for two years, ranging from books to sports to reviews to pop culture, something changed in our relationship. It was sudden.
I wrote this piece for Huff Po in late December, 2012.  For some reason, the editors wouldn’t print it. Like every other article I’d written, I submitted the piece on their backstage for signed bloggers, but nothing happened. It didn’t go up on their site. I waited, and it didn’t happen.
A few days went by. Then a week. I contacted the editors, and they didn’t respond.  Then I contacted again, and they let me know that they wouldn’t publish the piece.
I asked why.
No response.
I emailed again.
No response again.
And now they won’t let me write anything at all. I’m off the blogroll.
So I…

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