A Wildfire Love

By Adam J. Pearson For a recorded reading of this poem, feel free to listen here: Love affirms connection; Fear sees separation; Love accepts in safety; Fear trembles, insecure. The deeper I love without conditions, Without requiring anything in return, The safer I feel, And the more fearless. I cannot offer safety to others If I myself feel unsafe, But…

Conscious Living: How to Practice Resistance-Releasing Meditation (RRM)

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction – Why We Don’t Meditate From talking to many people about their experiences and observing my own mind’s hilariously nonsensical responses, I’ve noticed two interesting facts: Almost everyone agrees that meditation is physically, psychologically, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally good for us. And most of us decide not to practice it. If…

The Sun and the Cloud

By Adam J. Pearson Listen and hear these words that speak the truth About the obstacles to being aware Of Love’s presence within us–here is proof, Of the inward reality we share. Close your eyes for a moment–can you see A cloud move in front of a golden Sun? It seems from our viewpoint that this tiny Grey…

The Prison and the Key: Why I Write About Shame

By Adam J. Pearson The Wisdom of Eamonn Perkins Eamonn Perkins is a wise, humble and tremendously compassionate teacher from Ireland who spends much of his time working with addicts and prisoners. He’s so low-key that, as of this writing, he doesn’t even have a website. In a 2014 interview, Eamonn said something brilliantly concise and and equally incisive: “If you…

Catastrophizing: How to Handle Worst-Case Scenario Thinking

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: An Embarrassing Story from Culinary School When I was in culinary school, I took a course in Advanced Small-Quantity Cooking with a true master Chef. Chef Buttler was so good that he worked as an examiner of the top Chefs in Canada who wanted to attain the exalted rank of Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC),…

Giving in Two Directions: The Meaning of Action in Oneness

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction In the past few days, my family and I have been without electricity, running water, and heating because, as you can see in the picture above, ice-covered branches landed on our power lines and yanked them out of the wall. Because our house has been so cold, we’ve been bundled…

What is My Religion?

By Adam J. Pearson. Anyone who has known me for any length of time knows that I’ve had quite an adventure of a spiritual life. Over the years, I’ve prayed alongside Christians of many denominations, chanted with Sufis as dervishes whirled, sang with Jews in a synagogue, bowed alongside Muslims in Mosques, sat in Zen meditation with Buddhist monks,…

The Terror of Inner Peace or How The Ego Keeps Us Miserable

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction My delightful Australian friend Si recently asked me an excellent question, which, like all excellent questions, has the power to open the doors to a whole new way of seeing. He asked: Can we be afraid of inner peace? Or, in other words, can we be afraid of attaining the very peace for which we yearn?…

The Light of the Mind

By Adam J. Pearson How is it that the bright light of the mind, Which should illuminate those I behold Like sunlight through tree silhouettes defined, Now stoops to shadow, shame, to blame and scold? How quick my mind, to cast a stone and scar, For when I see error and guilt, by chance, In others, they seem…

The Heart of the Void: Finding the Assumptions At the Core of Shame

By Adam J. Pearson Introduction: What is Shame? In previous articles, I’ve written about the nature of shame, this powerful feeling of deficiency or lack that we sometimes experience at the heart of ourselves. Shame is the name of the void we feel within us, the void that other people’s approval and attention cannot fill. Shame…