Meditation: What is Your Deepest Longing?

Meditation: What is Your Deepest Longing?

Meditation: What is Your Deepest Longing? Download text in PDF – Find a comfortable way of sitting, and allow yourself to relax and be at ease. With a receptive presence, become aware of the state of your heart. Is there a sense of openness or tightness? Of...
Meditation: Realizing Your Aspiration (9:43 min.)

Meditation: Realizing Your Aspiration (9:43 min.)

Meditation: Realizing Your Aspiration (9:43 min.) – Beyond any meditation technique, what energizes and guides our spiritual life is aspiration. This reflection can help deepen your connection with your aspiration and bring it alive in your life. Transcript...
Compass of Our Heart

Compass of Our Heart

All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention. While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that guides...
Shifting from Limbic to Liberating Intention

Shifting from Limbic to Liberating Intention

Becoming conscious of our intentions is the first step to truly aligning our life with our heart. This talk explores identifying when we are being driven by grasping and fear, and ways we can bring compassion to unmet needs and discover the deeper longing – the...
Being Truthful – How Honesty Nourishes Love

Being Truthful – How Honesty Nourishes Love

The grounds of happiness, loving relationships and a just and flourishing society is honesty. And yet our current times are characterized by a plethora of deception – both societally, and often in more subtle ways, in our personal lives. This talk examines the deep...
Realizing Your Deepest Intention

Realizing Your Deepest Intention

[CC] ~ The Buddha taught that this whole life – including our thoughts, feelings and actions – arise from the tip of intention. While our intentions are usually marbled with wanting and fear, when intention comes into the light of consciousness, it unfolds...
Winds of Homecoming: How Intention Frees Our Heart

Winds of Homecoming: How Intention Frees Our Heart

The Buddha taught that we live our lives on the tip of intention, it is the seed of our future. This talk explores the difference between “limbic” intentions driven by grasping or fear, and intentions that are the call of our awakening heart. You will learn how to...
Power of Prayer: From Longing to Belonging

Power of Prayer: From Longing to Belonging

When we bring a full presence to prayer, it becomes a powerful pathway of homecoming. This talk explores how prayer heals the pain of separation, and offers practical guidance in what poet John O’Donohue calls “unearthing our ancient belonging.” “What’s it...
Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real

Radical Self-Honesty: The Joy of Getting Real

Our suffering arises from the unseen, unfelt, resisted parts of our psyche. This talk explores ways we can deepen self-honesty and reconnect to a wholeness of being that enables us to live with spontaneity, confidence, wisdom and love. A quote by Elizabeth Lessor from...
Ask the Friend for Love – exploring living prayer

Ask the Friend for Love – exploring living prayer

Prayer, when cultivated consciously, energizes and guides us on the spiritual path. This talk investigates the difference between wanting, with its narrow fixation, and the prayer that arises out of our deep heart’s longing. We explore how living prayer, the prayer...
Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness

Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness

Prayer is a communing with our enlarged being. This talk examines less conscious forms of prayer, and how we can evolve the power of our prayers by opening into the depth of our longing, and reaching toward our true belonging. (given at the 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat)...
Compass of Our Heart

Compass of Our Heart

All of our actions, our entire life experience, arises from the energy of intention.  While it’s natural that our intentions are shaped by egoic wants and fears, when we bring this into conscious, compassionate awareness, we can discover the deep aspiration that...
Nourishing a Liberating Intention

Nourishing a Liberating Intention

The Buddha taught that this entire world arises out of the tip of intention. Intentions can arise from an egoic wants and fears, and they can arise from the wisdom of our heart that is calling us home. This talk explores the qualities that signify a liberating...
Blog: The Transforming Power of Mindful Prayer

Blog: The Transforming Power of Mindful Prayer

Although not always highlighted in the West, prayer and devotion are a living stream in Buddhism. The earnest wishes expressed in the practices of lovingkindness and compassion—May I be happy, May You be free from suffering—are forms of prayer. The aspiration to find...