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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Wise Speech

“What you can’t communicate controls you.” That little adage has stuck with me ever since I first heard it in the Forum tranings I did a couple decades ago. The Buddha taught a lot about the right use of speech.  In the monastic communities there were more rules about speech than there were about purifying
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Yeah, Baby. Yoga is for SEX

  Yoga improves your sex life!   I guess that’s not surprising news, but it’s pretty funny from my perspective. A major element of my yoga practice (albeit in an ashram setting) was a committed and sustained practice intimately linked with a vow of celibacy.   The teachings of yoga in it’s more esoteric form are to move
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