Seven Mantras of Love Part 2 [5.8.24]



We were grateful this week to have David Viafora and Jessie Raye from Greatwoods Zen Retreat Center guest lead again this week. Unfortunately we were not able to record their first visit, but this week’s sharing works fine as a stand alone. They shared from Thich Nhat Hanh’s teaching called the Seven Mantras of Love. … Continue reading Seven Mantras of Love Part 2 [5.8.24]


Cultivating a Reliable Sense of Safety, Part 3: The Safety of a True Friend



Today’s sharing on safety is an inquiry practice into the qualities that make a friendship a safe place and how these qualities are manifesting, or not, in our mindfulness practice. Note: One quality named was “perspective”. It needs to be acknowledged that a friend offering a larger perspective on an issue can be either helpful … Continue reading Cultivating a Reliable Sense of Safety, Part 3: The Safety of a True Friend


Cultivating a Reliable Sense of Safety, Part 2 [4.3.24]



This time we look at a reliable sense of safety more through the lens of neuroscience/modern psychology as well as introduce the Buddhist practice of lovingkindness– which was originally taught as an antidote to fear.   Discourse on Good Will From teachings of the Buddha, complied by Jack Kornfield May all beings be filled with … Continue reading Cultivating a Reliable Sense of Safety, Part 2 [4.3.24]


Sitting Meditation- The Interwovenness of Compassion and Safety [4.3.24]



How do we learn to meet ourselves, just as we are, in a way that provides an internal sense of safety?   Erich Fried, translated by: ANNA KALLIO  It is nonsense says reason It is what it is says love It is calamity says calculation It is nothing but pain says fear It is hopeless … Continue reading Sitting Meditation- The Interwovenness of Compassion and Safety [4.3.24]


Cultivating a Reliable Sense of Safety, Part 1 [3.27.24]



We look again at the necessary nourishment of an internal sense of safety that is not dependent upon having things be the way we want them to be– this time primarily from a spiritual standpoint, drawing from leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, and the writings of Etty Hillesum.   Please note: Bad audio … Continue reading Cultivating a Reliable Sense of Safety, Part 1 [3.27.24]


Safety, Connection and Respect Inquiry Practice [3.14.24]



We come back again to safety, connection and respect this week– this time with inquiry questions to consider these qualities for yourself. Consider a time in your life where you know something about these 3 qualities, some place with a palpable sense of these qualities. What is that felt sense of being met in this … Continue reading Safety, Connection and Respect Inquiry Practice [3.14.24]