Smile at Fear

In today’s ongoing pandemic culture, fear has taken on a whole new meaning. As people of faith, we are expected to handle ourselves in the face of adversity and fear with calm and courage, but it can become an endurance test for even the most faithful when circumstances persist. In the following article, the beloved American Buddhist nun and author, Pema Chodron, offers a perspective on dealing with fear and anxiety that is relevant to the uncertainty many are facing in our changing world.

Music, the Universal Language

From the prolific British composer of the first half of the 20th century, Ralph Vaughan Williams. His interest in sacred music from the Tudor period produced the beautiful and poetic Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. Click on the post to hear Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields perform this stunning work.

The Eight Pillars of Joy

To celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday in 2015, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited him in his home in India. Click on the link in the post to read the highlights of their week together and the conversation that became a New York Times bestseller book titled The Book of Joy.

Music, the Universal Language

Music, the universal language. The many genres of music speak to the heart in a way almost no words can. Music gives an added layer of meaning, an added dimension, to almost every situation whether it’s time alone, a social occasion, or watching a movie or a tv show.   It has the power to heighten the level of engagement and awareness in all of these and many more activities.