"Go inside. The outside is seductive. Inside, you’ll find loving awareness.” - Ram Dass I was quite struck by the short documentary featuring Ram Dass, Going Home. For me, it offers a simple, beautiful message, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKUybI1xul8 After a long-career traveling the globe teaching meditation, Dass suffered a stroke in 1997. He initially lost speech and … Continue reading Going Home
The other day, I tried to be in two places at once. And I found myself nowhere. Literally sprinting with a thermos of hot water to a tea meditation I was supposed to be hosting and which had "started" five minutes earlier. "I must hurry so I can slow down," I thought to myself. The … Continue reading The Tragedy of Speed
Let's face it, meditation is not a direct path to peace and enlightenment. It is a deeply humbling practice that invites us to pay attention to what is happening regardless of its quality. Still, we can find ourself treating is as a grim duty that just adds to our list of to-dos. At the same … Continue reading The Humor in a Practice, Part 1
June is one of my favorite months. It brings transition, not only in the seasons, but in my work as a teacher and a parent. I found last summer that our mindfulness work actually picked up, not because our program participants were less busy, but because the people around them were less busy which seemingly … Continue reading Jump in to June
Perhaps not as elegant as the art of self-compassion, the art of failure is a discipline rich with wisdom and insight. Much of our lives can be spent avoiding failure, but it will find us. The practice of mindfulness let's us practice with failure. We bring our attention to our breath or our body or … Continue reading The Art of Failure
"It" happens. Uninvited and unpleasant circumstances arrive in our life with frightening regularity. We can try to push away our experience, but all too often, our aversion makes it worse. And when we carry around this “dung”, it weighs us down (and, figuratively, makes us smell). If instead, we use it as fertilizer to cultivate … Continue reading Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?
When it took me twenty minutes to drive around the block to meet my wife and son for the ride home through the “Bomb Cyclone” on Friday afternoon, I knew it was going to be a long journey. Thankfully, my day was done and I didn’t have any responsibilities waiting for me at home. Firing … Continue reading “Don’t Know” Brings Us Together
My teacher Jonathan Foust likes to say that meditation will make you feel better. It will make you feel sadness better, it will make you feel frustration better, and it will make you feel anger better. The practice of mindfulness and meditation brings us to a state where we can feel what we are feeling … Continue reading How To Be Angry
"To give a cow a large spacious meadow is the best way to control him." - Suzuki Roshi I sat in practice. The feeling arose. Somewhere between uncertainty and overwhelm. This feeling didn't bring a lot of content with it. Somewhat ominous but not quite imminent. Like something lurking in the distance while I rested … Continue reading This Lousy World. And Being With What Is.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Victor Frankl In our last gathering, we explored The Space Between How Things Are And How We Want Them To Be. There will always be this space, … Continue reading Hanging Out In The Space