Dear Folks -
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. Sadly, the evidence seems to be that many people lead unexamined lives. One of the main reasons for this is that such living requires effort and attention that makes the task difficult.
This talk - Oak Trees or Bramble Bushes - takes a look at the fact that where we are coming from determines where we are going. It raises questions about what values are at the center of our lives. I end it with some words by Thomas Merton that I look at almost every day. I would encourage you to make them part of your practice as well.
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