The narrative of ‘the other’: Black Lives Matter

“It is an age-old narrative, Fitzgerald said. “When someone is considered ‘the other,’ naturally we do not see them as one of us or carrying the same morals and values,” he said. “We see them as less than and below us on this imaginary apex and this hierarchy of supremacy. We treat them worse, and…

LIFE2014: Nun Ani Choying – The Singing Nun of Nepal

I learnt from the singer that singing hymns and chants is a unique meditation practice in Buddhism, which unites the mind with the sound of mantras or spiritual prayers because our mind rides on a subtle energy of breath. So when we chant or sing mantras, it helps us to purify the negative energy and…

Deep healing for hurting men

“Perhaps if tearful little boys were comforted instead of shamed, there wouldn’t be so many angry men struggling to express and empathise with emotions.” – Lelia Schott Where did toxic masculinity come from? How did psychopathy and narcissism come about? I’m interested to know their origin because apparently, most western psychology studies are like western…

Walter Brueggemann on prophetic imagination

This incisive interview with Walter Brueggemann discusses how the process of reimagining is an act of refusal to adopt the imagination imposed on us by the empire. Like he said, the Exodus narrative is endlessly generative of emancipatory thinking, and prophets like Isaiah sought to use poetry for reimagining a new and better world through…

Notes on “Radiant intimacy of the heart – Cynthia Bourgeault”

I learnt from the video that the real meaning of contemplation isn’t so much resting in stillness as it designates a path of luminous knowledge of an extremely high order of intensity and coherence and magnitude, so overwhelming to the faculties of our usual rational mind that the mind falls still and quiet before it….

Notes on “The way of the heart – Cynthia Bourgeault”

I have read the illuminating article by Cynthia Bourgeault, which really brings much clarity to the full definition of the heart, which is described in Sufi and other traditions as the tripartite physical, emotional and spiritual center of our being, instead of merely physical or merely spiritual as thought in some contemporary circles. I also…

20 minutes of silent meditation by Andre and Mary Anne Rabe

I learnt that the greatest gift we can give to anyone is our presence. Similarly, God enjoys our company and anticipates moments of intimacy with us, where there is no expectation of any kind of performance. In the beautiful moment of silence, conversation is moved to communion, as we move out of goal-oriented thinking and…

Principalities and powers – who is our real enemy?

“But consider the possibility that the current futility of the world is actually no one’s fault. The world is simply the way it is as scientists describe it. There are no people to blame or scapegoat for the suffering and misery of our existence. There is no person or people who are the enemy. Then…

Christianity didn’t originate from the West, and neither is Jesus White

Western Christianity as we know today is actually a perverted version of the original Christianity. The original Christianity has got nothing to do with white colonialism or oppression. It has been said that the original Jews were Black, and the earliest people originated from Ethiopia. Christianity is a direct offshoot of Judaism which dates to…

Resolving human conflicts from the inside out

I learnt from the video interview that people who struggle with doing church and the conventional way of reading the bible have found Peter’s works interesting and see him as some sort of pathfinder who shows them a new way to believe. I noted that Pete thinks that to be human is to have questions,…