Human beings at their Essence are innately content, confident, at ease, in touch with a sense of joy and wonder, and live with a felt-sense of interconnection and perpetual self-nourishment. It is only when we leave human Presence that we enter into the “Realms” of suffering.
Is it possible to experience radical transformation in the span of one life? Of the traditions that prioritize in this way all are in agreement on the foundation of life: the Five Elements.
Relaxing. It really is an art. The expression of any art requires practice to do it well, which in this case means to reap its benefits. We all know the value of relaxation. There are countless boons to relaxing and we all know we want to be relaxed, yet many of us are very stressed [...]
Everybody Needs to Rest It is a cultural soul sickness that leads us to think that naps are for the weak, the lazy, those lacking ambition, etc. That’s just crazy and we don’t need to spend anymore time refuting that type of madness. We need to get enough sleep and we need to rest [...]
Often times when we wake up and start being more conscious in our behaviors of body, mind and speech cultivation we experience a backlog of karma. The shit that was already in play from our previous poor choices hits the fan. We will likely wonder, “What the hell!? I just made all these great decisions…I’m [...]
There is no more poignant time to practice expressing essential dignity than the times that scare the shit out of us. I am facing one such experience now. I want to slouch, sulk, or even sleep. I want to worry. I wonder if when I come face to face with the situation will I shake, or cower? [...]
Ever since having kids I have been less able to discount my worries as just ephemeral ghosts of my own habitual imagination. The stakes seem more real. I worry if I will be able to support them financially. I worry when they get sick or injured. I worry, which makes me sick, and then I [...]
As I walked to work this morning I was enlivened by the sense of direction and purpose I felt. With the practice of 2nd attention bearing fruit I was not only enjoying the ordinary step by step – replete with bird songs, bees buzzing, the textured earth and fresh mountain air – but I was [...]
I emerge from this retreat grateful for the necessary guidance needed to navigate the mysteries of human becoming. It is a strange beauty indeed that we human beings can’t go it alone. We need each other. Not because we are flawed and weak but because the magic of our awesomeness is only unleashed through the power of vulnerability that is born through real intimacy.
I have learned that life’s essential matters – the one’s that birth purpose and contentment – are housed in the heart’s awareness that is beyond the dictates of the ego’s preoccupation with safety and security.
The onus is on us. As consumers in the alternative medical marketplace (a $34 billion business in the U.S. in 2007), we must remember a timeless commercial caveat: Buyer Beware.
Real Intimacy is recognizing our borders – mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually – as opportunities to meet and grow, rather than as places to defend and keep others out.