Category Archives: Emotions

Compassion

In writing about meditation and mindfulness, my emphasis has been on experiencing things as they truly are. Meditation provides the space to become aware of the many ways our thoughts and feelings can distort our perceptions. Consciousness creates the opportunity … Continue reading

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Managing The Mind, Not Fighting It

“Managing the mind” is a phrase I use to express a couple of potentially powerful healing ideas. The first understanding is how we view the mind. In the West we tend to see our minds as ourselves. Yet if the … Continue reading

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Silence & Noise

Lately my head has been filled with more noise than usual. In meditation the noise is more intrusive.  Awakening from sleep at 2AM, it rushes in –‘Did I pay that bill in time or just think I did?’ ‘Which hotel … Continue reading

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Meditation as Practice in Being Present

Meditation is a practice of a way of being fully present in the world. In our ordinary lives we get caught up in events, thoughts, emotions, and reactions to both internal and external stimuli. In meditation, the ‘doing’ is just … Continue reading

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Frustration Can Become an Opportunity

OK. I get it. The idea that frustration can be an opportunity sounds counter-intuitive. Perhaps my first internal reaction was ‘This is one opportunity I can do without!’ Like most people I get frustrated; traffic jams, working my way through … Continue reading

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Choose to Learn

Suzuki Roshi wrote, in Zen Mind, Beginners Mind, that for the Student, everyone one and everything is a teacher. Or, as Anna sang in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s  The King And I …as a teacher, “by your pupils you’ll be taught.” … Continue reading

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Idolatry: Worshiping an image of God

(This was inspired by the comments from my last blog, on The Blind Men and the Elephant.) When I was practicing mediation at Sonoma Mountain Zen Center in the 1970s, they decided to do a ritual. Incense was burned and … Continue reading

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Spirituality as Choice

Variations on a Native American story are making the internet rounds again, the latest for me paraphrased from a book by Pema Chodron, Taking the Leap (Shambhala Books, 2009). A boy asks his grandfather (after 9-11),”How can there be such … Continue reading

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