Mercy and Justice

theeffect · Mercy And Justice Dave Brisbin 9.17.23Years ago, first time visiting an inmate at men’s central jail, I was surprised by the attitudes of the other visitors. There wasn’t the melancholy or tears I was expecting, but a lightness, almost celebratory...

Love is the Law

theeffect · Love Is The Law Dave Brisbin 9.10.23The purpose of a fish trap is to catch a fish. Once the fish is caught, the trap is forgotten.The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch a rabbit. Once the rabbit is caught, the snare is forgotten.The purpose of words is...

Salt and Light

theeffect · Salt And Light There’s a great story, apparently from Mexico, in which an old mule falls into the farmer’s dry well. Poor animal is braying down there miserably, but the farmer can’t think of a way to get it out. And the mule is old and he’d been meaning...

Poor and Blessed

theeffect · Poor And Blessed Dave Brisbin 8.27.23Talking to a man going through a devastating life transition. Now in his sixties, he’d always been a man who could make things happen through sheer intellect and effort: built businesses from the ground up and rose to...

Ocean and River

theeffect · Ocean And River Dave Brisbin 8.20.23How do you know you’re in love? Can you explain it, define it? Control it? Oh sure, you can talk about effects on your heartrate and attitude…but define, much less control? You just know. The train leaves the station,...

Outside the Box

theeffect · Outside The Box Dave Brisbin 8.13.23Ever heard of the nine dots puzzle? Nine dots arranged in a square, three equal rows of three, like tic tac toe. Challenge is to connect all dots using only four straight lines and without lifting pen off paper or...

Saved from Shame

theeffect · Saved From Shame Dave Brisbin 8.6.23Thirty-some years ago, I was at retreat with a group that booked the same weekend every year. I’d just go, get a room, and participate in whatever was going on. Or not. This weekend was a large group of older men, and...

Patches and Skins

theeffect · Patches And Skins Dave Brisbin 7.30.23Fasting is the body’s natural reaction to loss and longing. Have you ever thought of it that way? When you’re grieving a loss, longing for the return of that loss, you’re probably not thinking about food. Associated...

A Hole in the Roof

theeffect · A Hole In The Roof Dave Brisbin 7.23.23Over sixteen years at theeffect, we’ve only had to ask two people to leave a gathering. We want everyone who wants to be with us to be with us, unless they can’t maintain themselves enough to allow others to have...

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Everyone is recovering from something… Admitting this is the first step in spiritual life, because any unfinished business in our lives–trauma, unforgiveness, fear-based perceptions–fosters compulsive behavior and keeps us from connecting spiritually and emotionally.

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