The Power of Spiritual Hope

The Power of Spiritual Hope

The openness to possibility is essential on a path of awakening and freedom. In this talk we explore what makes up mature or spiritual hope, and how two meditation practices of presence can nourish our hope. May all beings remember the depth of our longing for full...
Three Dimensions of Conscious Prayer

Three Dimensions of Conscious Prayer

Prayer can be a creative, vibrant and infinitely tender part of our spiritual awakening. This talk explores the dimensions of embodied presence, sincere expression and silence that bring transformational power to our prayers. God speaks in the silence of the heart,...
Meditation: A Witnessing, Kind Presence (19:55 min)

Meditation: A Witnessing, Kind Presence (19:55 min)

Starting with scanning through the body and awakening the senses, we then rest in presence, with the breath as a home base. The meditation invites an openness to whatever arises, and a gentle kind attention if we encounter physical or emotional pain.  We end with a...
Spiritual Hope

Spiritual Hope

Spiritual hope opens us to possibility and energizes us to manifest our potential for love and wisdom. In contrast to attachment or egoic hope, which is the grasping for what will benefit a separate self, spiritual hope arises from trust in the openhearted awareness...
Meditation: Calling on Loving Presence (18:18 min)

Meditation: Calling on Loving Presence (18:18 min)

Often, when we’re really struggling, the only way to find compassion for ourselves is by reaching out to a larger source of love. We might for instance take refuge by calling on the Buddha, Divine Mother, God, Jesus, Great Spirit, Shiva, or Allah – reaching towards a...
Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness (retreat talk)

Conscious Prayer – Finding Refuge in Loving Awareness (retreat talk)

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 (from the 2016 IMCW Spring Retreat). How I...
Discovering the Power of Prayer

Discovering the Power of Prayer

We all know the pain of separation and have a longing for connection. When we silently listen to and contact the depth of that longing, we are at the root of transformational prayer. This talk looks at what prayer is, who/what we are praying to, the shadow side of...
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...
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)...
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...
Blog: Prayer in the Face of Difficulty

Blog: Prayer in the Face of Difficulty

Ask the friend for love Ask him again For I have found that every heart Will get what it prays for most. Hafiz When offered with presence and sincerity, the practice of prayer can reveal the source of what your heart most deeply longs for—the loving essence of who you...
Blog: Praying from Presence – Part 2

Blog: Praying from Presence – Part 2

This is Part II of a two-part series. To read Part 1 – click here When we are suffering and turn to prayer, no matter what the apparent reasons for our pain, the basic cause is always the same: we feel separate and alone.  Our reaching out is a way of...
Blog: Praying from Presence – Part I

Blog: Praying from Presence – Part I

In moments of desperation, no matter what we believe, we all tend to reach out in prayer to something or someone for help.  We might call out for relief from a migraine, beg to be selected for a job, pray for the wisdom to guide our child through a difficult time. ...