Meditation stages

When we talk about stages on the path, in relationship to our meditation practice, we have a problem with the terminology. We tend to think of a staircase: We take the first step, and then we take the next step and the step after that. We think meditation practice is like being in an elevator.... Continue Reading →

Finding gaps

Practicing discipline involves continually working to find space in our patterns, to find the gaps in the images we hold about ourselves. It also means finding the gaps in our ideas about others, releasing images that we hold about a manager, a coworker, a friend, or a partner. Let yourself become that space that welcomes... Continue Reading →

Opening up our territory

True consideration for others is not diplomacy, putting on a façade of smiles or polite conversation. It requires much energy and intelligence. It requires opening up our territory rather than marching into someone else’s territory. It requires not playing magnetizing or repelling games, not surrounding our territory with electric wire or magnets. Chögyam Trungpa

Running away from discomfort

It is so basic in us to feel that things should go well for us, and that if we start to feel depressed, lonely, or inadequate, there’s been some kind of mistake or we’ve lost it. In reality, when you feel depressed, lonely, betrayed, or any unwanted feelings, this is an important moment on the... Continue Reading →

We become what the world makes us

When we start being too impressed by the results of our work, we slowly come to the erroneous conviction that life is one large scoreboard where someone is listing the points to measure our worth. And before we are fully aware of it, we have sold our soul to the many grade-givers. That means we... Continue Reading →

Inculcating Tender Heartedness

Deep down, people long for a genuine connection with others. We have the desire to interact with others from a tender human heart. This longing becomes quite palpable when we are dealing directly with others, such as during a visit to the doctor’s office. We often wish that the doctors or nurses would relate to... Continue Reading →

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