Happy for No Reason: The T-Mobile Dance

There are a number of viral videos of ‘spontaneous’ group events in public places.  This is the first time I’ve seen a company get involved in sponsorship.  I’ve watched this a few times and find it hard not to get choked up, especially when I look for the faces of people who get caught up
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Happy for No Reason: Come and Dance

Come and Dance.  Enchanting.  Go full screen if you can. [youtube]ZnJx3YhEq5A[/youtube]
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Working with Desire

  Buddhist psychology speaks to cultivating healthy desires, minimizing unhealthy desires and ultimately going beyond desire. Willpower determines how energy flows. Healthy desires lead to gratitude, joy, generosity, stewardship and service.  Unhealthy desires lead to greed, compulsion, self-centeredness and suffering. I remember years ago on a retreat going through the food line and realizing that
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Too Happy for Any Reason: Despondex

For a serious counterbalance:  Despondex. [youtube]jd4tugPM83c[/youtube]
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Happy for No Reason, Part VII

  And    For no reason  I start skipping like a child.  And  For no reason  I turn into a leaf  That is carried so high  I kiss the sun’s mouth  And dissolve.  And  For no reason  A thousand birds  Choose my head for a conference table,  Start passing their  Cups of wine  And their
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The Mud is Melting The Mud is Melting!

  Yesterday the trails were impossible to walk on.  Early this morning they’d frozen just enough to navigate.  Back to mud again by 10:00AM.
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Tundra Swans on the River

  For the last week or so, River Bend Park has hosted a gaggle of Tundra Swans.  They are here until things warm up a bit, then back to the arctic or subarctic for the summer.  More here. As they say, everything is always changing, but it’s great to get a reminder like this.
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Fear is My Friend

The topic this week in the Monday and Thursday class is “Working with Fear.” I am not teaching this week but the topic has been on my mind recently. I’ve always been prone to anxiety. As a child I worried about everything. At about age seven or eight I decided if I imagined the worst
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Happy for No Reason: Laughing Sarah

This is one of my own creation.  My brother Matthew with his eldest daughter, Sarah. [youtube]QdNiIfQOWW8[/youtube]
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Meditation in Motion

I’m just back from nine days at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health where I led a retreat and training for the Advanced Yoga Teacher Training program on the topic of meditation.   What a treat to be with such deep, authentic and caring people.  We balanced our time between understanding more challenging postures and techniques
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The Immeasurable Capacity of the Heart

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Going with the Flow

18 degrees this morning.  Today I’m driving up to Western Mass.  Tonight it’s going to be -8 in the Berkshire Mountains.  And snowing.   Another adventure.  I feel a little bit like this Coot heading down river this morning.
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Aspiration and Vows

To what do you aspire?  If you had to declare the overall intention for your life, what would it be? After many years living with a poverty vow and a simplicity vow I’ve since have been somewhat vow-phobic.  I’ve  held as an ideal the Sufis, who reportedly would take a vow of renunciation — then
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