Charlie Van Dyke
Acts Of Kindness
Posted December 23, 2013 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
Considering the incivility of politicians, cyber bullying, and terrorist attacks, reports of random acts of kindness happening all over the place is good news that lifts the soul. In an article at, "Ma'am, Your Burger Has Been Paid For," Kate Murphy writes about the pay-it-forward phenomenon. In drive-through food places, a person pays ... read more
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Naming Love
Posted December 3, 2013 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations

Most of our heartbreak comes from attempting to name who we love or what we love or the way we love far too early in the journey of discovery. We can never know to begin with, in giving ourselves to a person, to a work, to a marriage or to a cause, exactly what kind of love we are involved with. When we demand a certain speci... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Posted October 25, 2013 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
“The field of time is the field of sorrow. 'All life is sorrowful.' And it is. If you try to correct the sorrows, all you do is shift them somewhere else. Life is sorrowful. How do you live with that? You realize the eternal within yourself. You disengage, and yet, reengage. You—and here’s the beautiful formula—'participate with joy in the sorrows ... read more
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Please Be Quiet
Posted October 2, 2013 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
In a recent article in The New York Times, George Prochnik wrote about philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer's crusade against noise as the archenemy of any serious thinker. He was convinced nobody could have great ideas unless they focused their attention on a subject. But loud sounds distracted him from the work before him. Of course, this advocate of ... read more
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I Am A Body Of Water
Posted September 23, 2013 by Charlie Van Dyke in Meditations
Frederic Brussat

September 10, 2013

We first experience water in the undulating sea of our mother's womb as we are floating in the dark and warm current of amniotic fluid. No wonder we closely identify with the many creations myths that emphasize the role of water. Our bodies affirm the water's presence in our beginning and in the Great Beginni... read more
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