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Life Preserver

I dreamed I was being carried along by life like a leaf on a stream.  In the dream I was wearing the royal blue dress I wore at my daughter’s wedding in England last November, which seemed strange because moments before I was holding my daughter’s tiny hand as we walked down steep brownstone steps […]

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Entering the Temple

Late yesterday afternoon, ten of us sat in a sunset-washed yoga studio, practicing being still together, noting in the barest, sparest way how it feels to be in a body.  By noting in a bare and spare way, I mean we practiced gently restraining thought, allowing our sensations and feelings to arise and present themselves […]

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Including the Body

Parabola‘s upcoming “Embodiment” is being printed and packed for shipping as we speak.  The frantic, last-minute push is over, and now a space opens, a time for collecting ourselves.  It is now Passover and Holy Week, an especially rich time to contemplate being in a body. We invite you to try this gentle exercise, best […]

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Samadhi

Last Sunday evening, a group of us meditated and exchanged about what the Buddha meant by the word “samadhi” — a word usually translated as “concentration.”  I don’t know about you, but I dreaded the word and the state that I thought went with it.  I associated concentration the kind of grim mental effort I […]