The Gift of Meditation

My meditation practice began at the age of 16. At the time, I had to give up smoking pot to take up Transendental Meditation. One of my finest decisions. I did this practice for about 6 years. I found some aspects of the TM community disturbing, so I went on to learn Vipassana meditation. I took various teachings and went on regular 10 day retreats. Shinzen Young was my first Vipassana teacher. I explored Vipassana, mindfulness and other aspects of “calm abiding” meditation. Over the years I studied the Heart Sutra and inquiry meditation, along with my base practices of … Continue reading

How To Be Certain & Confident

There is a way to become certain and confident,–– Keep at it. Consistency breeds certainty and confidence. Keep showing up at the page to write and you will develop certainty and confidence in your writing. (You will feel certainty in your ability to do the work and confidence in your improved writing.) Keep training consistently in awakening compassion (with everyone) and you will gain certainty from this practice. (If you are compassionate only some of the time this will not generate certainty through the benefits experienced by such a practice. And, the benefits of consistency will create confidence.) A consistent … Continue reading

Spiritual Healing & The Shaman’s Body

  The mind, the breath and uplifting emotional states such as acceptance and compassion are powerful tools of healing. We can engage the energy body through breath, meditations and personal body rituals that wake up our own shaman’s body.     Fall is the transition time when the body is more vulnerable and often stressed than any other season. Fall is a good time to do a light seasonal cleanse. This is a good time to prepare for the winter season. It is always a “good time of year” to spend some time outdoors in the natural light. Also: Stay warm, … Continue reading

Buddhist Psychology and Thought Transformation

First Session’s Teachings These Eight weeks will give you the tools to tame the mind, making it ready for thought transformation. All we really need to heal, mend what is broken, obtain peace, feel our connection to all things and to live a balanced, creative life is accessible and within us all the time. I will be teaching various Buddhist meditation practices along with Buddhist psychological tools to transform our mind and lives.   There are three qualities that will heal from us from what ever causes us suffering, these are – compassion, presence and wisdom.  According to Buddhist psychology these are the … Continue reading