Elizabeth Stamper

July 3, 2018

What Feeds You

I’m sitting at the dining room table with laptop before me and books strewn around me. Today the crowd that’s gathered includes: Santideva’s Guide to the Buddhist Path of Awakening (8th century CE), The Mindful Therapist (I love Dan Siegel!), Krista Tippett’s Becoming Wise, and Brene Brown’s Braving the Wilderness. Also, Rilke is keeping me company and sharing thoughts On Love and Other Difficulties, and other mystics as well in The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry (gift from an old lover and one of the most pored over). Tree of Life: Buddhism and Protection of Nature, Shift into Freedom, by Loch Kelly, a Sierra club magazine, and three journals are here too. Every book […]
June 7, 2018

The Practice of Compassion

    For Jiun, Compassionate Cloud They say to become a Master takes ten thousand hours of practice. But how long does it take to find your original luminous mind? Long hours of sitting in silence may reveal the wisdom flower. But the instant, the gift, of emptying restores the heart’s true power. A child lies down in soft grass and finds the emptiness here. The clouds now float inside him and the sky of freedom comes near.   When your husband is a Buddhist prison chaplain . . . Late one night Mike is reading me the rough draft of […]
February 17, 2018
When I Become a Dog Person
I call my friend Rosanne because I am overwhelmed, so much more than sad, at the latest eruption of violence. She tells me today is the Chinese New Year, the beginning of the year of the EarthDog. She reads to me what that portends—last year it was Fire Rooster igniting us to rise up and act, and this year the EarthDog energy will ground us and help us align with deeper values, with universal love, respect, awareness of the Sacred. I am comforted by her words. I choose to be. Then I remember. “Oh my, this morning I had this […]
December 31, 2017

The Hands You Trust Completely

I am lying on the massage table as my friend Tracey draws a deep line on my calf from ankle to almost-knee. With the invisible ink of healing energy, she draws the line again and again, pausing at certain points so that ripples are released from the spot and travel up through my limb, torso, and then out the top of my head. So that ripples move up and then out into the room through my skin, my fingertips. It is joyful. “Can you feel that?” I ask her. The whole room is swimming in the energy that was once […]
December 6, 2017

Path of Forgiveness, Power of Ceremony

The Heart is the Space where there is no judgment … the Heart carries no pain from the past and no fear of the future.  The Heart – where the light of Spirit comes into the body – is always whole, free, and filled with gratitude for each moment.  Forgiveness is a way of finding this innermost Heart and releasing whatever blocks our awareness of its light and love and joy.  Forgiveness is a way of remembering who we really are  …  and in that remembrance we find each other. It’s a Saturday afternoon,  and we sit around a long table […]
November 6, 2017

The Heart’s Pure Instinct

COMPASSION … We had just checked our bags at the airport when I see about a dozen guys in tan khakis. We get closer and I read the words Emergency Medical on their shoulder badges. I ask where they’re heading. Puerto Rico. We’re replacing a team that’s been there a while.  He seems glad to be going. I say, Good luck . . . and thank you. Meanwhile, we are leaving Atlanta after three days of good food and conversation, happy strolls under tall trees and a gentle October sun, and much laughter. After hide ’n seek, tricycle races and […]
March 27, 2017

Being a Lover is His Profession

The reality of love is found in the secret of eternal divine presence. Love is an attribute of God, and being a lover is his profession. He himself is the lover, and he is of the same color as love. ~ Ruzbihan Baqli, 13th century Sufi Mystic   Mystics are lovers. Living in awareness of the divine presence, they know this presence as love. Some mystics call this presence God, and to them the secret of this presence is revealed by the feeling of love. When we experience love, the Divine is unveiled! God is always here—love just blows His cover. A few years […]
February 17, 2017

Insights on Love from the Women’s March

“in order to form a more perfect union . . .” The United States of America is an idea, a beautiful idea, a vision of what could be. It’s the idea of a group of people bound together, not by tribe or religion, not by birthplace or clan or color of skin, but by a belief in certain truths. Such as, the truth of equality (in our beingness, no one is better than anyone else). And the truth of innate deservability (everyone deserves the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness). These truths have been percolating for centuries […]
January 9, 2017


On Friday afternoon, January 20th, I will climb on board a bus in Melbourne, Florida, that will carry me and my fellow riders all through the night to Washington, DC. We’ll be dropped off the next morning at RFK stadium, and from there a Metro ride and a short walk will take us to the corner of Independence Avenue and 3rd St. SW—right in front of the U.S. Capitol. A three hour rally is planned there, followed by a march west down Independence. That evening I’ll board the same bus and ride all night back home to Florida. Almost immediately […]
October 19, 2016

What happens on the water . . .

  We are on the Windsplitter and I watch my friend sitting comfortably with legs outstretched and her back against the cabin wall. A small, blond, sad-eyed lab is at her feet, and her husband of many years stands tall at the helm. His blue eyes scan the sea before them, confirming the fullness of the sails, his gaze resting in quiet approval of all this untamed, fluid domain. The sun is kind, the air fresh and clear and perfect as we head from Noank towards sunset in Stonington. I ask, “What is this body of water?” “We were in the Thames River […]