Five Months of Silence

There is an aspect of any spiritual discipline that entails restraint with awareness.  When we step away from habitual activity and pay careful attention to what arises and our relationship to it, we become more self aware.  This is a short piece on someone who practiced silence while on a five-month retreat.  It’s here on
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Goslings!

I took this shot before the retreat, and haven’t seen much of them until recently, when I saw they were down to one gosling.
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The "What Am I?" Retreat

An important aspect of the “What Am I?” retreat we did on Saturday is the principle of “interpersonal meditation.”  In addition to silent practice, participants sit quietly with another person.  The questioner asks, “Please tell me what you are.”  After a sincere inquiry into what happens inside contemplating the question, the speaker shares what arises
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Living in the Body: A Dharma Talk

At our retreats, I lead mindful movement twice a day, help people with their seated posture and often give a talk on the first foundation practice of mindfulness of the body.  I love feeling how my years of yoga training are integrating with the Buddha dharma. If you’d like to listen to my talk, you
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Back from the Spring Retreat

I am just back from the IMCW Spring Retreat. It rained for seven days.  Every day but the final morning.  No doubt the grey skies and downpours helped draw our practice inward and into the quiet. A lot happens in a week of silent practice. The first few days are often an internal bog of
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Happy for No Reason: Extreme Sheep

Being away on retreat for a week resulted in some great video references.  I grew up on a sheep farm and actively tended our herd from about the age of six, hauling water, feed, culling lambs, helping out with shearing.  While we had a collie who sometimes surprised us with his herding instincts, in England
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The World is One Family: World Wide Data Flow

While this presentation from the TED talks is ostensibly about new ways to use and communicate data, I was entranced by the images of the world as a whole and how our species has shifted, changed and possibly evolved.  This is a twenty minute clip, but you might find it expanding and even enthralling. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVimVzgtD6w]
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Happy for No Reason: Bodhisattva in Metro

It’s been a while since a good Happy For No Reason video has come along.  I’m just back from a week away on retreat and was delighted to find this nomination in my in-box. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jedd2FiZTqM] Thanks, Lynn and David!
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Flox!!

OK, enough of the irrational exuberance.  These are gorgeous, though, and they’ve shown up as the Blue Bells have exited.
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Chlorophyll!!!

Scenes from a morning hike:
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Deepening the Wonder

This week’s topic was on The Heavenly Messengers:  Sickness, Old Age and Death.  When we are touched by them, our lives take new shape. Below is poem from Hafiz.  Below that, the image of a decaying yearling deer I came across on one of my river walks recently. I find the the image of form
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Last of the Blue Bells

With hot weather coming on, the Blue Bells are on their way out.
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