There are many different flavors to “efforting” — some useful and some not so useful. What is it like to intention explore a balanced soft effort that allows you to stay engaged with your practice, without over-efforting and contracting.
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A dream about engaging the right kind of effort inspired this exploration of different kinds of “efforting” — everything from not enough effort, to punishing grunt work effort, to a soft, open, trusting effortless effort.
So often we burden our meditation practice with loaded expectations of what it should look like and what should happen if I am a good meditator. But in reality every meditation is an open invitation to lay down those expectations and meet what is here. Just as it is. Without needed it to be any … Continue reading Sitting Meditation– Meditating With What Is Here
I share how our beloved cat, Ana, who has been in “hospice” care for a while, died sometime during the night, and how a serendipitous find of Licity Collins and her beautiful music and writing spoke to the tenor of my day and the mystery of letting go into the current of the universe. Here … Continue reading Ana and the Flow of the Universe
In this meditation we explore a formal practice for strengthening a resource of “taking in the good.”
As our continuation of resourcing for challenging times, we examine “Taking in the Good” primarily through the teaching of Rick Hanson, PhD.
In this meditation we explore using an anchor of self-kindness for opening to what is here and now.
Watching my cats this week was a lesson in the practical grace of taking in the good. We explore this and end with the ABC Gratitude practice of Br. David Steindl-Rast.
We are often taught that we should follow an ethical code in order to “be good.” But there is a completely different way of approaching ethics, not as a “should,” but rather as a resource, a foundational strength for living in challenging times.
We start with a short body scan and then move into an exploration of life’s unfolding energy moment by moment