dancing in the still point on the spiral journey of life

Awaken

Today or 2500 years ago

This past week I started listening to Byron Katie’s book, A Thousand Names for Joy.  Stephen Mitchell’s translation of the Tao Te Ching is a part of the text.  In the audio format, he reads a passage, then Byron Katie interprets each one.   Written 2500 years ago, the wisdom contained in the Tao is…

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There is a word for it

  Shenpa.   What is shenpa? I appreciate Pema Chodron’s teachings on shenpa because she has helped me identify the insidious nature of my mind.  Have you ever had a broken tooth and been unable to stop your tongue from running over the jagged edge?  That is shenpa. The broken tooth can be an event…

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Metaphysical Thoughts

The prefix meta- means going beyond.  Metaphysical considerations, going beyond the physical, leads us into abstract thought.  Abstractions of a spiritual nature cannot be proven.  And yet, often, we believe these abstractions to be true.  As humans will do, we argue about the abstractions. Some start wars and ultimately kill over these abstractions.  I find…

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Self-compassion Grows by Practicing Self-care

  I love the moon and her spiral cycles!  What’s almost inconceivable to me is that, “It’s the same moon!”  For as long as human beings have been on the planet, we have all watched the same moon! It’s ever changing and always beautiful.  Do you take time out occasionally to look up at the…

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Lovingkindness

Almost every Wednesday I visit my friend Curt.  Over three years ago I took him up on his offer to teach a meditation class.  We started out with simple five minute meditations focusing on the breath. Over time we’ve worked up to thirty minutes with a variety of practices.  Curt’s yurt is set up like…

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How to Be Fully Awake Instead of Living on Autopilot

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”  ~Pema Chodron It’s tempting. Staying in the nest means life feels safe and we are protected. If we get thrown out of the nest we either stretch our new wings and fly or plummet to the ground.…

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Awaken

  Did you know that Monday was named after the Moon?  Can you see it where you live? Are you aware of its cycles?  Do you feel affected by its energy?   On September 12, it was a full moon Monday and I couldn’t sleep.  Earlier I went outside and counted 100 breaths barefoot in…

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