The Frank Sinatra Sutta

I left the house Monday night  on my way to class in Arlington with a sense that I’d forgotten something. Once I relaxed and settled into the ride I realized I’d left my microphone on my desk — too late to go back and get it.  As a consequence, the sound quality suffers a bit
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Make Way

With the cool weather the bluebells are hanging on, but the Flox are already moving in. From one shade of blue to another. First light on Flox:
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A Guided Meditation

Use this meditation if you’d like a blend of techniques … A short stretch with a slow motion release A ten-minute body scan Breath and sound as an anchor to the here and now. Direct streaming here ….
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The Five Daily Recollections

How easy we fall into a trance of thinking, planning, judging, fearing … Remembering that everything changes helps us to celebrate what is here.   These five recollections were recommended by the Buddha as daily reflections. 1. I am of the nature to decay. I have not gone beyond decay. 2. I am of the
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First Paddle of the Season

Great to be on the river again.
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Bluebells Gone Wild

It’s peak Bluebell season here on the Virginia side of the Potomac.   Photo shot and edited by Sarah Foust  
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On Courage and Vitality

This week’s talk is not quite a ‘bait and switch’ but it’s different that the topic at hand. While the title was ‘Mindfulness at Work,” I thought I’d explore something transcendent to that, which is the cultivation of courage. To wake up requires a capacity to identify what is between you and feeling free and
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Your Leaps of Faith

This week’s talk from St. Mark’s on Capitol Hill is about exploring faith. There is a delicate balance, as in all things, of faith and doubt. Too much faith and no doubt results in ‘magical thinking.’ Too much doubt and no open inquiry results in feeling closed off from the mystery of this human experience.
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Generosity

When I was head of curriculum at Kripalu Center I once tried to get Bo Lozoff, founder of the Ashram Prison Project and author of “We’re All Doing Time,” to come and present at a conference we were hosting. “I’m going to screw things up for you,” he said. “I’ll come, but it would have
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Join a telesangha!

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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