Dharma

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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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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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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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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