Mark's Blog

There are forces and voices in our increasingly polarized world that want us to view the issues of the day in a binary way: this or that; good or bad. Most issues are more complicated. This blog seeks to invite people to journey beyond the safety, if not the rigidity, of our silo and our ego – to the soul; where we have the opportunity to see things differently.
Seeking Light in the World’s Darkness

Seeking Light in the World’s Darkness

On December 21, the shortest day of the year, we will be limited to nine hours of daylight.  The deepening darkness is depressing.  The lack of light presses on the soul; for some, it leads to SAD – seasonal affective disorder. (The circumstances will be reversed six...

Practicing Patience to Uncover Prejudice

Practicing Patience to Uncover Prejudice

The question is 2500 years old:  “Do you have the patience to wait until the mud settles and the water is clear?  Can you remain unmoving until the right action arises by itself?”  It is perhaps the most famous question attributed to Lao Tzu (604-531 BC), considered...

Vulnerability:  A Pathway to Hope and Justice

Vulnerability: A Pathway to Hope and Justice

It was the opening question at the final presidential debate between Vice President Bush and Governor Michael Dukakis in October, 1988. CNN Moderator Bernard Shaw asked, “Governor, if Kitty Dukakis was raped and murdered, would you favor an irrevocable death penalty...

The Rashomon Effect:  Different Stories of the Same Events

The Rashomon Effect: Different Stories of the Same Events

Our lives are framed and formed by stories.  A portion of my life – and of so many others I talk to, is framed and formed by the story of the war between Hamas and Israel.  A heart wrenching, tragic, and seemingly unending story. In fact, there are two stories.  One...

The Vast Expanse of Space Can Unhook the Ego and Open Us Up to Gratitude

The Vast Expanse of Space Can Unhook the Ego and Open Us Up to Gratitude

In Space there is a lot of space.  Much more than the naked eye can see.  The recently deployed James Webb telescope (in 2021), now a million miles away from earth, has shown us how vast and spectacular space is.  Not to mention how old.  We are now receiving – for...

The Danger of Co-opting Religion: A Breach of the Third Commandment

The Danger of Co-opting Religion: A Breach of the Third Commandment

The major conflicts in the world today– the wars between Russia and Ukraine and Israel and Gaza, which capture our attention and churn our stomachs, are justified by ominous religious impulses.  For instance, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch...

Violence, Death, and Halloween

Violence, Death, and Halloween

Halloween is a fun holiday for kids, partly because they have an opportunity to score lots of candy, which is restricted, if not forbidden, most of the rest of the year.  But more profoundly, they get to dress up and live into a fantasy of being a princess, witch,...

Behold:  A Way That is Beyond and Beneath Belief

Behold: A Way That is Beyond and Beneath Belief

It is too much to take in:  the atrocities in Israel and Gaza, the ongoing war in Ukraine, the waterfall of humanity gathering at the southern border, the chaotic dysfunction of Congress, the relaxing of gun laws coinciding with an acceleration of gun purchases — with...