In the Temple

Today, we have an opportunity to sit together during Passover, the Jewish holiday commemorating liberation from slavery and the “passing over” of destructive forces. Now more than ever before, we have an opportunity to notice that liberation begins by being still together, noting in the barest, sparest way how it feels to be in a…

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To Spring Forward, Fall Back

Spring forward. Fall back. This helps remember the time change but can also serve as a mantra for inner work. To spring forward you, to move beyond old thought loops and patterns, we must fall back.  Runners do this, and so do cats and other animals. You must sink down into yourself, gather yourself, allow yourself…

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Digging With a Teaspoon

We are heavily defended creatures. We can’t help this. We are wired this way. Healthy cells defend themselves against invaders. The ego defends us against psychic pain, and this too is natural. And yet we also long to connect with others and with life, to know and be known, to love and be loved. And…

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Happy Valentine’s Day

You may not be a fan of Valentine’s Day under the best of circumstances. But this year??!!??? Are you kidding???!!!? No, in fact. I’m gently proposing that these conditions of relative isolation that we find ourselves in may be just right for finding true love. “Darling, I am here for you.” The great Zen master…

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Attention is Love

We are heavily defended creatures. We are wired this way. Healthy cells defend themselves against invaders, and so do nations. The Buddha was said to have cosmic vision so he could see defensiveness at work on every scale and level. He could see that the ego and all of its ways is a defense against…

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October 2021