Just for Now

Just for now, without asking how, let yourself sink into stillness. Just for now, lay down the weight you so patiently bear upon your shoulders. Feel the earth receive you, and the infinite expanse of sky grow even wider as your awareness reaches up to meet it. Just for now, allow a wave of breath to enliven your experience.  Breathe out whatever blocks you from the truth. Just for now, be...

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Wisdom

In the dream we were surrounded by the sound of the ocean, and the sunrise glittered on the waves like copper fire, and you turned to me and said, if you listened carefully you will hear the wisdom. I said all I could hear was the sound of the waves, and you smiled and said, Exactly. — Gabriel...

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Everyday Sacred

“Yes we suffer the results of trying to live in a vibratory range that is difficult for us and yes we somehow remember a “better way” to live…. …it becomes clearer that our main mission here is simply to live, to breathe the air and to let the love within us flow.  Just the simple living of an everyday life is sacramental when the person is living with that...

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The Way of Transformation

Do you seek me, yet expect to stay unchanged?  Do you look for transformation and pray each day for the seas to remain calm? That is not the way.  If you stir up cosmic energies, if you wake the sleeping snake, you will pay for your audacity. There will be times of bliss and quiet, but there will also be earthquakes, tornadoes tidal waves that render the old trail guides useless, even in the...

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Shadow Dancing

You’re a gorgeous mystery with a wild heart and a lofty purpose. But like  all of us, you also have a dark side — a part of your psyche that snarls and bites, that’s unconscious and irrational, that is motivated by ill will or twisted passions or instinctual fears. It’s your own personal portion of the world’s sickness: a mess of repressed longings, enervating...

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Fear Cracked Open

“You don’t know ahead of time how cracking a pot can affect your life,” Now, in the middle of the Raku class, he asked,  “Is anyone interested in cracking pots?” I looked in my studio; it was hard to choose a good pot, knowing it would be broken. Kevin placed a small, thin, very used white towel on the cement floor… I was to hold my bowl firmly in two hands...

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Poets and poetry

Over the years I’ve had the extreme honor to populate this blog with many poems from many ages, many venues and divergent perspectives.  This following line from Jon Kabat- Zin’s Book, Coming to our Senses succinctly describes these “windows” from Source…. “I find it is both useful and illuminating to draw upon the work of those special people on our planet...

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The Poison of the Spiritual Bypass

“Spiritual bypassing”, a term coined in the early 1980s by psychologist John Welwood, refers to the use of spiritual practices and beliefs to avoid dealing
 with uncomfortable feelings, unresolved wounds, and fundamental emotional and psychological needs. The concept was developed in the spirit of Chögyam Trungpa’s Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism, which was one of the first...

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Yoga Competition?

A fave…… Subject: MONK GLOATS OVER YOGA CHAMPIONSHIP (WORLD NEWS — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) “I am the serenest!” LHASA, TIBET-– Employing the brash style that first brought him to prominence, Sri Dhananjai Bikram won the fifth annual international Yogi competition yesterday with a world-record point  total of 873.6. “I am the serenest!” Bikram...

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THERE IS ONLY ONE OF US

There is only One Being: the Living Intelligent Consciousness That Pervades Every Cubic Inch of the Universe. Every seemingly separate thing, from earthworm to human being to star, is a cell in the body of this One and Only Great One. All of us cells feel pain as long as we have forgotten we are part of the One. But the forgetting was an essential rule that the One set up to begin the master...

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