Blog: Notes on Healing and Awakening

Blog: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves

Blog: Entrusting Yourself to the Waves

I was drawn to my first Buddhist mindfulness retreat during a time when my son, Narayan, was four, and I was on the verge of divorce. During a slow, icy drive through a winter...

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Letting Life Live Through Us

Letting Life Live Through Us

Many years ago, after several years of experiencing a long chronic illness, I attended a six-week Vipassana meditation retreat. Given my struggles with sickness, I looked forward...

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Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, as many people feared an ongoing and vicious spiral of retaliation and global violence, a wonderful and well-known Cherokee legend...

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Rejecting the Wanting Self

Rejecting the Wanting Self

“We have been raised to fear…our deepest cravings. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps us docile and loyal and obedient, and leads us to settle...

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Blog: Opening the Gateway of Love

Blog: Opening the Gateway of Love

As one of the American pioneers credited for bringing Eastern spirituality to the West, Ram Dass had more than four decades of spiritual training to help guide him when he...

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Blog: Stepping out of Obsessive Thinking

Blog: Stepping out of Obsessive Thinking

I’d gone into therapy during my sophomore year in college, and remember the day I brought up my current prime-time fixation: how to stop binge eating. No matter how committed I...

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Blog: Planting Ourselves in the Universe

Blog: Planting Ourselves in the Universe

Here in this body are the sacred rivers: here are the sun and moon, as well as allthe pilgrimage places. I have not encountered another temple as blissful as my own body—Tantric...

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Blog: Undoing All the Doings

Blog: Undoing All the Doings

Meditation students often ask me what will help them remember presence in the thick of things. My first response: “Just pause.” My second response: “Pause again, take a few...

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Beyond the Defended Self

Beyond the Defended Self

  During the years right after college, I was the director of a yoga studio at the ashram where I was living near Boston. One day, at a time when we were behind in promoting...

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Blog: You Are Not Your Space Suit Self

Blog: You Are Not Your Space Suit Self

Whatever came from being is caught up in being, drunkenly forgetting the way back. -Rumi We are born with a beautiful open spirit, alive with innocence and resilience. But we...

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Blog: Presence in the Face of Dying

Blog: Presence in the Face of Dying

At the end of a daylong meditation workshop, Pam, a woman in her late sixties, drew me aside. Her husband, Jerry, was near death after three years of suffering from lymphoma. “I...

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Blog: Living Life No Matter What

Blog: Living Life No Matter What

My earliest memories of being happy are of playing in the ocean. When our family began going to Cape Cod in the summer, the low piney woods, high dunes, and wide sweep of white...

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Blog: The Suffering of Rejecting Desire

Blog: The Suffering of Rejecting Desire

“We have been raised to fear…our deepest cravings. And the fear of our deepest cravings keeps them suspect, keeps us docile and loyal and obedient, and leads us to settle...

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Trusting the Gold: Uncovering Your Natural Goodness

Trusting the Gold by Tara Brach

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