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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Intentions and Actions

It’s another year and we naturally tend to revisit  what we want in the year ahead. This week’s talk on Capitol Hill is entitled “Intentions and Actions.”   It was a wonderful turnout down in St. Mark’s ‘whine cellar’ to start the new year.   The blurb: The most important thing,” Shunryo Suzuki famously said,
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Scenes from the Retreat

110 meditators for five days.  Good medicine.  A few images … . Pat Coffey, Hugh Byrne, Tara Brach, Ruth King, Jonathan Foust: . Each participant takes part in two small group sessions.  They can be quite powerful, almost ethereal, which inspired me to edit this image of my room:  . After five days of silence
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Dharma Rap Song

Back in the ashram, once a year, we had “Fun Day,” a day dedicated to, well, fun.  We slept in late, ate ice cream, did a lot of group adventures during the day and had an evening of skits and songs. Back when rap was just coming out, it was violent and rough.  I decided
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Aligning Your Life with Your Heart

Here’s the talk from the New Year’s Retreat.  I had the honor of batting cleanup with the final talk of the retreat on New Year’s Eve. The blurb: The closing talk to the New Year’s Retreat, 2012.  Spiritual practice is a blend of willful effort and conscious surrender. When the sense of “I” and “mine”
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In These Arms

If you’re looking for a soothing soundtrack for a few moments with some nice imagery, this is nice.   (Thanks, Heather.)
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Holiday Greetings from Tara and Jonathan

I couldn’t resist.   Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!
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First Freeze

Down by the pond.
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