Meditation Category

Compassion is born in our being when we rest in the knowing of our inherent oneness with all that is. It flowers as our ego dies and we are born into the reality of our eternal Self. It is a divine nectar that flows effortlessly when we are willing to let go of the stories that keep us feeling separate, important and ultimately alone. As your heart continues to bloom and you release the grip of your ego, here are some powerful thoughts I ask you to consider. Find aRead More
Our true nature is oneness with Nature. Aspects of our psyche that interfere with our true nature and our fullest health also interfere with the total health of our planet. We are literally interconnected in the seen realms through our biochemistry. We are literally interconnected through the unseen realms through thoughts, energy and intention. As we move into the fullness of our being and release our attachments to the places within that keep us small, we allow our magnificence to shine. In so doing, we celebrate who we are andRead More
I first started meditating in 2006 during my solo travels throughout Southeast Asia. At that point I had been practicing yoga for six years, was newly vegetarian, and felt that meditation was a practice that would lend itself easily to my new lifestyle. I soon found myself on a monastery in northern Thailand, all dressed in white, sleeping in an empty khuti (hut) with only blankets and a plastic patio chair as furniture, and a meditation schedule that had me practicing up to 15 hours (sometimes more) each day. AfterRead More
These days, when the word sustainability is used it is usually in reference to the environment, however, the general definition of the word is “the ability to be sustained or supported.” We can all relate to the idea of being supported, whether it’s through giving support, or needing some. When you spend a lot of time outputting energy and not a lot of time “filling the well” you burn out, even when doing something you love like writing, creating art, or taking care of someone. In both yoga and BuddhismRead More
We live in a culture of anger, so how to address fierceness? It is an aspect of the human character played out daily on the television news and through the ‘twitterverse’ in ways that are often harmful and destructive. Western society has reacted to this rage with laws and philosophic or religious constraints that all tell the same message: ‘anger is bad’. Yet we are fascinated by it and impelled to observe its action in the books that we read and the movies and TV that we watch. In OlympicRead More
What is this thing called ‘freedom’ that we so earnestly wish for? Certainly, it means different things to different people. If we lived in so many parts of the world today: Russia, China, Afghanistan, Iran, Ukraine (to name a few), it might mean the freedom to live without war, the freedom to associate or gather together with people of like mind, the freedom to speak out, to get an education, to walk unmolested by reason of gender or sexual orientation. How fortunate we are to live in a country whereRead More
I always associate delight with bubbles, for it seems to be a state that comes up from within, often as unexpected mirth.  It makes me think of babies whose smiles and gurgles cause an almost magical apparition to take place.  It is as if pure happiness shines forth from their tiny bodies. How blessed we feel when we are the receivers of such joy. Dividing the word into syllables gives us: de light. ‘De’ means ‘of’ in French.  So we might better think of delight meaning ‘producer of light’.  ThatRead More
The topic this month makes me feel like singing the old disco song ‘Staying Alive’. Nowadays, we are told, it is the song we should sing to accompany rapid compressions on someone’s chest if they have gone into cardiac arrest. But let us explore the difference between ‘staying alive’ and ‘feeling alive’. Do you check yourself out each morning before you jump out of bed? Are you truly alive or just some zombie heading mechanically to the office? Zombies are called ‘rolangs’ in Tibetan Buddhist terms and can cause aRead More
When I used to teach a lot of dance, I ‘invented’ a technique of shaking all parts of the body in a rhythmic and progressive fashion that I called a “Shake-a-diddy”. Later I learned that this was part of the esoteric practices of the Yogas of Naropa. Then I learned that it was also part of Qigong. So much for the creation of anything new! Whether we are shaking up ourselves physically to get the kinks and poisons out or whether we are living in a situation that shakes thingsRead More
I have been present at boring talks by boring monks who warn students about ‘charming teachers’ and I have been present at talks given by people whose magnetism is so great that it seems impossible not to go along with all their ideas.  What place does ‘charm’ have in the spiritual life? When a person charms us, we may find ourselves acquiescing to ideas and values that we might otherwise have questioned.  Desire for a meaningful life can make us susceptible to being influenced by people who are cultists. ItRead More