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A short story told in rose petals

  Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again ~Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel   I could tell you a long story about the threads of shame in my life.  It’s not what’s important, though.  Suffice it to say that recently I made a stupid mistake that triggered deep feelings…

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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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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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