– More bombing. More killing. More terror.
So many of us want to do something / anything in reaction to the horror of the Orlando killings. Some are calling to institute a ban on “Muslim” immigration. Others for outright attack upon other nations, their people or spiritual beliefs. There are 2 ministers quoted as … Read the rest
Meditation is the cornerstone practice for learning to wake up and gain agency in our lives. In essence, we are training to settle our mind in order to wake up into our life. As the mind is more attentive when relaxed, training to cultivate a wakeful repose, or a relaxed attention, allows us to more … Read the rest
Joy in the Buddhist tradition differs from ordinary happiness. Happiness, in the conventional sense, is devoid of pain. It is an escape, or a momentary respite from the difficulties of life. This can be an excellent recharge to our overused batteries. Problems arise, as they always do, when we grip to the experience. We create … Read the rest
There is so much pain in the world. So much struggle. We have everything we need to have everyone on the planet happy, safe and well fed. But, the imbalance of wealth continues. The environment is red lining. There are random catastrophic attacks on innocent people around the world. Is any of this sustainable? Fixable? … Read the rest
Life is continually changing. And although it is natural for us to fear change, by shutting down to that fear we shut down our life. Hence, opening to change, frightening as it may be, is opening to life.
The tool we need to supply the strength for this journey lies no further than our own … Read the rest
Bartering Being Right for Being Love.
More bombings. More terror. Tuesday morning, on the eve of a solar eclipse, suicide bombs and automatic weapons took the lives of over 30 people in Brussels. After 5 people died in Istanbul the previous Saturday. The two recent attacks claimed over 2oo wounded. And there were others before. … Read the rest
A Guided Meditation
There is a moment when the mind ‘flips’ from externalizing and objectifying to an internalizing or integrating perspective. You slow down enough or maybe wake up enough. and you can feel that moment in the mind.
Let’s try. Okay?
- Sit up right. Allow the energy to drain down through you as you
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MIndful Awareness: The Precision of Openness
We speak a lot about letting go. “I’ve got to let go.” “You should let that go.” “I’m letting go of letting go.” But, at the same time, we talk about mindfulness or holding to the present. “I’m mindful of the moment.” “I’m mindful of my life”. “I’m doing … Read the rest
LETTING GO OF WHAT YOU KNOW
As you’ve no doubt experienced, meditation theory – from Zen koans to Indian Yoga – often posits contradictions. In meditation we sit up in order to settle down, as we cultivate the seeming opposites of paying attention and relaxing. But what seems contradictory to convention is often complementary to … Read the rest
There is a strength in a commitment to love. There is assurance in a commitment to non-violence. And, there is an unshakable power in a commitment to understanding. I will NOT act out of reflex, but will hold to the moment until I understand what is best. I will act when conscious. And, I will … Read the rest