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Veterans Day-The Wounds of Combat Can Be Healed

As an ex-GI, I often find my heart and loving-kindness practice embracing our enlisted men and women throughout the world, and especially those in war zones. War is hell. That’s no cliché, and only those who have been in combat can truly testify to what that phrase means. That’s why around Veterans Day I highlighted the […]

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A Poem about the “severe gift” of Grief

I’ve been reading a lot of the poetry of Wendell Berry lately, and this excerpt from his poem “Rising” came to mind this morning as I thought of all those we have lost through war and other tragedies. Although the poem speaks of the burdens we carry in our hearts over loved ones lost, it […]

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Brave Heart—Michael J Contos, Vietnam Veteran

“I lied to my platoon to prevent a mutiny from bursting to a head some 40 years ago. Today, I granted myself forgiveness. I cleansed a wound that never seemed to heal until now…” http://contoveros.wordpress.com/2009/11/18/finally-light-shines-on-my-mutiny-quash/ Don’t miss this moving account of a young lieutenant in Vietnam who courageously put the good others above his own […]

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Listening with compassion and mindfulness

Listening with compassion and mindfulness The ability to listen with compassion and total presence is one of the most important skills we can bring to our healing practice.  In Buddhism, this skill is so important that its essence is embodied in one of its most beloved bodhisattvas, Avalokiteshvara —“One who hears the cries of the […]

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Veterans Day Book-At Hell’s Gate: A Soldier’s Journey from War to Peace by Claude Anshin Thomas

At Hell’s Gate by Claude Anshin Thomas is one of the most powerful, moving books I’ve ever read in  terms of understanding war and the effects of war on people.  I think only All Quiet on the Western Front had a greater emotional impact on me. Not that At Hell’s Gate is “great literature.“  On the […]

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Metta-Care: Bill Moyers Documentary “The Good Soldier”

“As America prepares to observe Veterans Day and President Obama weighs sending more troops to fight in Afghanistan, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL broadcasts a powerful documentary about the impact on soldiers of learning to kill – or be killed. THE GOOD SOLDIER follows four veterans – one from World War II, two from Vietnam, and the […]

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