by Doug Hammack | Dec 20, 2020
How do find hope in the dark times? Let's get practical.
by Doug Hammack | Dec 13, 2020
2020! What a year! Damn! If ever we need to know how to take a hit and snap back, this is the year! Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Dec 6, 2020
Hope can see light—even when it’s dark. For centuries, our tradition has used the winter equinox, the darkest day of the year, to remind us to look for light in the darkness. Hope is there, even as 1000 Americans die every day. Even as those we love suffer. That’s our...
by Doug Hammack | Nov 22, 2020
There’s an old saying. “Endurance beats enthusiasm every time.” I really hope 2021 is not as bad as 2020. But there will be troubles. And we will go through them. What endurance does for us, is minimize the collateral damage while we do. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Nov 16, 2020
Collectively, we’ve taken a pretty big hit. For some of us, it’s been insult added to injury—personal troubles on top of national troubles. Let’s talk about how we snap back.
by Doug Hammack | Nov 8, 2020
What would religion be like if you didn’t have to believe the right stuff to belong? Let’s talk about that.
by Doug Hammack | Nov 1, 2020
The Pharisees gave Jesus a lot of grief for trying to fix a religion that was clearly broken. Jesus. Seems good company to be in.
by Doug Hammack | Oct 25, 2020
Imagine God more broadly, and before long, we actually do consider the welfare of others as important as our own. Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Oct 18, 2020
So if religion isn’t a sugar-daddy deal with God… What is it? Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Oct 11, 2020
Here’s another thing people hate about religion. Finding out late in the game, so many false promises! (Happened to me—Doug). Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Oct 4, 2020
We’ve been talking about how religion divides us. But, when we get religion right, it does just the opposite. Kinda important these days.Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Sep 27, 2020
Ask anybody. Yep. Religion divides people. It’s a big problem — but one we can fix! Have a listen.
by Doug Hammack | Sep 20, 2020
That's a problem we can fix. It takes some rethinking of the instincts that have betrayed us, but we can fix that!
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.