by Doug Hammack | Sep 13, 2020
I (Doug) got a few emails after last Sunday’s lesson. “Damn, Doug. That’s what religion did to ME!” Well, it’s easy to only hate religion, but have a listen. There really is some baby in with that bathwash.
by Doug Hammack | Sep 6, 2020
Religion often does more harm than good. Damn! I hate that. Because it could be a powerful pathway toward healing—our souls, our world.
by Robin Camu | Aug 30, 2020
The Enneagram. A centerpiece of our curriculum for the soul -- Working the Circle. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Aug 23, 2020
We continue last week's exploration of how we turn our afflictive experiences from enemies that destroy us—to friends that enhance us.
by Doug Hammack | Aug 16, 2020
A bunch of days like that day lately, Right? They can make us better people. They can also make us terrible people. The former is better! Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Aug 9, 2020
We finish this section on tenacity, with one of the strengths of our community -- how human beings change, grow, and develop. We've distilled the ancient spiritual practices to an easy-to-remember icon -- "Working the Circle." Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Aug 2, 2020
We're talking about how carefully considered routines help us live tenaciously -- long, sustained effort in the same direction. In the livestream notes last week, one commenter asked in essence, "So yeah. Noticing my habits. Noticing my routines. Got it. But how the...
by Doug Hammack | Jul 26, 2020
Shared routines, carefully considered, allow us to sustain commitments over the long haul, even when we don't have the internal infrastructure in place, to build new habits. Hey! we can do that with one another. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Jul 19, 2020
People of our time, people working on the most important moral issue of our day -- racial harm, racial inequity -- must be tenacious. We must be tenacious, because racism is tenacious. Have a listen. Another principle in how we develop tenacity.
by Doug Hammack | Jul 12, 2020
People of our time will be about the slow, steady, dismantling and rebuilding of systems that create inequity -- especially racial inequity -- generation after generation. We'll need to be tenacious! How does that happen? Have a listen.
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.