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How To Manage Stress Through Meditation & Mindfulness

Stress is a killer. The science is clear. With all our success and achievement, there is an invisible cost. Our physical, emotional and psychological health take a beating over time. And sometimes there is no return. Stress is also addictive. Just like caffeine is the magic ingredient that powers our …

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Having Tea With Mara – About Meditation

Having Tea With Mara

The way the story goes, when Siddhartha sat under the Bodhi tree and meditated on the night he was to become the Buddha, the god Mara slung arrows at him all night. Mara is essentially the god of Shadow, and his arrows were manifestations of all the unawakened thoughts and …

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Losing is Good for the Soul

Losing is Good for the Soul

Don’t get me wrong. I’d rather be winning than losing. But in my culture, we’re infused with an insatiable drive to be seen as “on top”. And if you “fail”, you’re seen as “a loser”. So I thought it would be worthwhile to articulate and honor the unique gifts bestowed upon …

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Meditation IS NOT Spiritual Bypassing

Meditation IS NOT Spiritual Bypassing

When I teach meditation I ask people to sit still and not make a problem out of whatever their experience happens to be. And I explain that what we experience in meditation doesn’t matter because the quality of meditation is not measured in terms of our experience during practice. When …

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The Journey of Meditation – About Meditation

The Journey of Meditation

Meditation is a practice. Nobody can meditate perfectly. In our world of instant gratification, we are conditioned to look for immediate results. If the results don’t show up immediately, then it’s easy to decide that it’s not worth it. However, meditation is the antithesis (and also the remedy) to this …

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Everything Fell Apart. Meditation Helped Me Turn It Around

solo retreat

In my previous post, I described how a 5 night solo retreat to celebrate my 40th birthday supercharged my life. Spending focused time alone to dive into one’s depths has been part of my spiritual tempo for most of my adulthood. I spent my 20s and 30s immersed in an international intentional spiritual community where meditation retreats were the norm. However, it took everything falling apart to transform how …

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Freedom is Possible. This is How and Why…

Liberation is Possible

Exploring the Radical Immediacy of Freedom The insight that I want to share with you today is that in order for us to experience spiritual awakening we must first know in our heart of hearts that liberation is possible. We all come to the spiritual path called by a possibility. …

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Stop Reacting To Everything. Take A Breath And…

Take a breath

Our culture has conditioned us to respond immediately to whatever shows up. We celebrate immediate feedback, consider a quick reply to an email or text to be a trait of a responsible person, and scorn those who take too long for our liking. We have built a culture where faster …

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