by Doug Hammack | Jul 5, 2020
Crisis evokes "fear-brain." And fear-brain shuts down the best thinking, big-picture seeing, and sends us into evolutionary instinct, survival mode. The spiritual tradition gives us wisdom and practices, to help us do better.
by Doug Hammack | Jun 23, 2020
Far from naval-gazing narcissism, meditation opens us to the kind of new possibilities this moment in history is demanding of us.
by Doug Hammack | Jun 21, 2020
Meditation won’t cure a virus or stop fake news. But it will break down tribal blindness. And that’s a big component in the crisis we now face.
by Doug Hammack | Jun 14, 2020
Let’s think about how courage helps make us people of our time.
by Doug Hammack | Jun 7, 2020
“The greatest glory lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail” (Nelson Mandela). Our nation has failed. Each of us has failed. AND, we can rise again. We can do better.
by Doug Hammack | May 31, 2020
That makes “the good life” tough. So, we walk the spiritual journey together. We help one another stay on track! This week we explore together, how to keep rising rise above our fear-brains.
by Doug Hammack | May 24, 2020
Sure looks like it! We do behave very badly. But the real enemy is the fear driving our bad behavior. This week: dealing with the real enemy.
by Doug Hammack | May 17, 2020
It was kind of a s***storm week at Common Thread. Listen to us aspire to do better living in a racially divided world.
by Doug Hammack | May 10, 2020
It’s fear. Our brains on fear, are nothing if not predictable. In this lesson, we talk about rising above our own fear, AND, being patient with others in theirs.
by Doug Hammack | May 3, 2020
Uncomfortable is a cleverly disguised invitation to live on a higher plane. But it’s an easy invitation to miss, an easy invitation not to ignore. Have a listen
by Doug Hammack | Apr 26, 2020
Turns out, the spiritual tradition has a lot to say about that. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Apr 19, 2020
We continue a spiritual theme we began on Easter. How do we thrive, when there is chaos and uncertainty all around us, and there's no end in sight? Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Apr 12, 2020
How to thrive in times of uncertainty and pain.
by Doug Hammack | Apr 5, 2020
At life. At the spiritual journey. In times of crisis. We're better together. Today's lesson starts with stories I've heard since the virus began, encouraging us to be in it together.
by Doug Hammack | Mar 29, 2020
Whatever helps us become ego-self forgetful, helps us access the Inner Divine, our better angels. No time better for that than this, the time if virus. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Mar 22, 2020
Every day, even as we are overwhelmed, we are determining together: who will we be when the crisis is over? The ancient wisdom provides us a roadmap. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Mar 15, 2020
I am not unaware that for a lot of people, organized religion is a big, big problem. It has been for me too. But what if... What if, under all that toxic craziness, there are deep, human, communal ways -- we find the sacred, find the Divine, we "find God in all...
by Doug Hammack | Mar 8, 2020
Pain is yet another place we experience the Divine, experience the sacred. However, it really can go either way. Pain can either sidetrack us, reinforcing all kinds of false-self distractions, or it can ennoble us, stripping away and refining. Have a listen
by Doug Hammack | Mar 1, 2020
Awe is the humbling feeling we get when we encounter something vast. A sky full of stars. An overwhelming idea. Anything that shrinks the ego-as-self points us toward Divine experience. Let’s talk Sunday.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 23, 2020
We belong. We just do. We may not feel like it, but that doesn’t matter. We belong. And our souls will be hungry, until that reality is actualized in our lives. This week, we talk about how.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 16, 2020
Once we rethink where God is—and imagine the Divine is present in every man, woman, and child, a whole set of spiritual practices open up, to help us Find God in All Things.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 9, 2020
When we think God is far away (in heaven) we expect spiritual experiences to be dramatic—visions or peak experiences. But when we look for the Divine in everything, simple moments—pulling weeds, washing dishes—can become spiritual moments.
by Doug Hammack | Feb 2, 2020
Many who can’t imagine God on a celestial throne, nevertheless feel spiritually connected in the woods or garden. Turns out, a rich part of our tradition, is how to access the Divine here and now, in the juice and joy of the earth.
by Doug Hammack | Jan 26, 2020
After the great religious unraveling that began after WW1, many struggle with that question. This week, we’ll start thinking about where God is now. (It’s good news!)