From azotus

Year Two: A Chance to Explore with Us.

I am both humbled and, at the same time, paradoxicallysurprised and not surprised by the overwhelming response to our online presence here at SPOKE. I had built a foundation for a high-quality web magazine exploring human meaning prior to starting our first live “Human Meaning Exploration Group” – an 8-week small group intensive that met…

A Call to Wake the Sleeper

Jesus’ Sayings Read as Zen Koans ____________________________________________________________________             This problem is easily recognized by Zen Buddhism. It is for this reason that Zen does not ask the practitioner to earn their own enlightenment, for how can enlightenment come from the self when the self lies sleeping in the vale of illusion? Rather, the practitioner is…

Isn’t it time to Explore for “Meaning?”

I am as big a Marvel fan as anyone (I had actually read the Infinity Gauntlet decades ago) but realized recently that in a culture which offers less and less opportunities for meaningful action we are being fed no less than 40 major superhero franchises (if you add DC) to live vicariously through. That is a…

Awakened Within a Dream

In attempting to answer the question of human meaning, it is often helpful to turn to story because we are essentially relational beings whose meanings are found in a narrative way. This is how we function:  stories and the narratives we are building, allow, or otherwise envision hold the keys to the meaning of our…

Amazing States of Being

Recently I read a fun article on unusual mental and feeling “states” but realized there were so many more. Here are twelve additional ones, followed by a more serious reflection on that state of mind we are each looking for: peace of mind (or contentment). De-nouement  Have you ever wished that you could go back…