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One of the age old issues around a meditation practice is cultivating consistency. The Buddha described the process of awakening as ‘swimming upstream,’ not just against your own innate conditioning, but against the conditioning of the culture. That’s why over the ages folks have gathered in collectives.  If you want something, align with others who
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Happy for No Reason: Dance around the World

It’s been awhile since I’ve come across a good ‘Happy for No Reason” video demonstrating the spiritual practice of being happy … for no reason whatsoever. This is fun … and touching:     (Thanks, Sara.)
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RIP Cheyla

While I was on retreat, our little pup Cheyla passed.  I called her a ‘substandard poodle’ as she was the runt of the litter.  She had a host of health issues and if it wasn’t for a monthly injection to keep her immune system going from Addison’s disease, she’d be long gone.  Six years of
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One Breath at a Time

I am on my way home after a transformational nine days with amazing Kripalu yoga teachers for the program “Exploring the Energy Body: Teaching Pranayama and Meditation.” There is nothing like immersion into a safe, inspired community with a deep commitment to serve. Many thanks to everyone, our 58 yogis, an amazing staff and to
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The Dharma of Relationships, Part II

Just confirming that I’ve got a great face for radio.   Part II:  
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The Dharma of Relationships, Part 1

The following is from my recent talk at the Unitarian Universalist Church on River Road in Bethesda.  
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Our Nervous Guest

Given we’ve got three dogs, two of them rather hypervigilant, I can’t quite believe how brazen our local fox can be.  The other morning I was doing standing meditation facing the deck when I noticed the activity.  First the fox made a run for the squirrels under the feeder, coming quite close to capturing one,
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Waking from the Dream of Thoughts

When I slow down and pay attention to thoughts I’m always struck my how shameless my mind is.  There is no rat hole it won’t go down. To my great relief I have found with practice I simply don’t quite believe what I’m thinking quite as much. This week’s talk explores some strategies for snapping
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The Dharma of Relationships

A new talk this week and a guided meditation coming soon.  I covered Tara’s Wednesday night class in Bethesda as she was on the road  speaking at a conference. “Relational dharma” is a powerful practice … using relationships as a way to wake up. Here’s the blurb: Unless you live in a cave and have
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Transforming Your Relationship with Fear

This week’s topic is a favorite.  Anxiety and fear are old friends of mine.  For much of the most recent month-long meditation retreat I attended I felt like I was simmering in a stew of constantly churning old and new worries.  Over time, the anxiety dissipated and about six months later Tara said, “You know,
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A Year of Living Mindfully

Seven years ago I left my scene in the Berkshire Mountains to move to DC.  I had lived in our around intentional community for a few decades.  I had never lived in a city and had some trepidation about moving to a place where I knew no one and no one knew me. I noticed
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The Dance of Concentration and Mindfulness

It was great to be back in Arlington after so long on the road.  Our exploration this week explored the classic teachings on Concentration and Mindfulness. Concentration is developed through willful practice and effort.  Mindfulness, or non-judging awareness, blossoms through relaxation and patience. Though they work intimately together, certain practices result cultivate one or the
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Happy for No Reason: News Anchors at Play

The “Happy for No Reason” videos come from the teachings of Tsoknyi Rimpoche who told us when he was living in the monastery as a young child this was the guidance often given to him by his teacher:  “Be happy for no reason.” This is fun.  An exclusive behind the scene look:   (Thanks, Jim.)
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The Meaningless of It All

A seasonal posting now that we’re deep in the playoffs.       (Go Pats …anyway.)
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