Friday, December 30, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
When we first begin meditation practice we have no thought that we have attained something. It is a challenge to keep this mind-set.
When we have a sense of attainment we lose our innocence. When we lose our innocence we start playing God; when we start to play God we lose our gratitude … what a horrible loss.
stay fresh in your practice!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
When we meditate we notice that many things (thoughts, feelings, body sensations, noises, etc.) pass in front of our awareness. That we are aware of all these 'things' is a clear pointer to our essential vastness.
Surrender to the Mystery now … clinging only appears to delay the inevitable victory of the Vastness.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Meditation is at the root about release. Many of us carry around tons of mental burdens. Burdens in the form of resentments, hardened beliefs about how we and others should act, emotional scars from the past, and myriad other stains on our souls.
During our practice periods we let all of this go and enjoy the lightness of the present moment. That which is presently arising, seen without judgment, is sweet indeed!
Practice, practice, practice.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The month of August this year is Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of worship where Muslims around the world give up food, water, and sex from the first light of dawn till sundown. Ramadan is an opportunity to gain by giving up and to prosper through turning away from our daily routine towards The Divine.
So it is with our meditation practice … which is giving up our attention to our thoughts, feelings, and body sensations in order to grow closer to the Divine.
I hope your practice (of release) is leading you to a profound realization of the following quote attributed to the Buddha:
"Just as a man who steps upon a serpent shutters in fear but then looks down and notices it is only a rope, so it was that one day I realized that what I was calling "I" cannot be found, and all fear and anxiety vanished with my mistake."
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
What is the best aid to meditation practice?
Some say that the best aid to our practice is proper food; some say it is a good teacher; some say it is earnestness. But I say it is a forgiving heart.
After all the purpose of meditation does not have to do with the body, wisdom, or achievement … the purpose of meditation is to see a forgiven world.
what say you?
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
My heart is not proud, O Lord,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
How do we measure progress in our practice?
It is not possible to find real peace in the world as it is, by its very nature, dualistic. That is: whatever we do to make ourselves secure in the world actually causes our insecurity. However inner peace can be noticed through silent practice; by turning toward the Divine [away from things, sensations, thoughts, etc.] we find inner peace. The Peace that does not come and go.
Turn away ... notice the Peace,
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Sitting in silence and just noticing what is presenting itself should be the easiest thing in the world … but, for many of us, 'just being' is a challenge. Why is this? What are you trying to avoid?
Answering these questions is the purpose of meditation practice. Establish a regular practice and discover the cause of your discontent.
peace on you,
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
submit to win,
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The most important aspect of meditation practice is regularity.
We regularly practice being at odds with life which disturbes our peace of mind. Just think about how many times during the day you say something like: "What? That idiot!" We practice recoil hundreds of times every day.
Luckily, recoil from life is learned behavior and can be unlearned. To unlearn recoil and learn surrender repetition is needed. Even flossing our teeth requires regularity; how much more regularity is required for peace of mind?
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Given that you cannot predict or control even the next thought that appears in your consciousness, how much control over other things around you do you really have?
When we release the illusion of control, we surprisingly feel safe, whole, and at peace. So … meditation is, at the root, letting go of our imagined control and just noticing the astounding mystery and absolute stillness that life presents each moment.
To put it succinctly: (Quran 4-126) "To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. God is in full control of all things". Meditate on this and notice the return of Peace,