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Heaven and Earth

During meditation today, I felt myself in a heaven/earth moment with the universe. Akin to the Aikido movement of the same name, the moment pivoted on an exchange of energy. But instead of being thrown to the floor, the universe and I danced. Aikido is often translated as “the way of unifying with life energy” or “the way of harmonious spirit” – a fitting metaphor for this experience. Rather than resisting the universe, I harmonized…

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What are the 5 best things you’ve learned about life?

In a recorded seminar I watched today, the presenter asked:  What are the five best things you’ve learned about life?  Here’s my current list. What’s yours? 1. Be patient during the rough times and grateful for the moments of grace and wonder.Everything — no matter how horrible, no matter how glorious — changes eventually. Our very lives are defined by our mortal, fleeting natures.  2. Be open to the unexpected and curious about the shifts. We…

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What is found now is found then

What you call “salvation” belongs to the time            before death. If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,do you think ghosts will do it after? The idea that the soul will join with the ecstaticjust because the body is rotten —that is all fantasy.What is found now is found then. ~ From Kabir’s “The Time Before Death“ Stephen Levine quotes a portion of this poem in his book  A…

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Lily Padding It

Welcome to a new year. And with it, the pressure to do better, to be better. To set grand goals and turn over as many leaves as possible.  Or maybe not.  Setting goals isn’t always the best approach, and certainly it isn’t for everyone despite the pervasiveness of it in our culture. One of my favorite alternative frameworks is the concept of “Lily padding it”, a phrase inspired entirely by Stephen Shapiro’s conversation with one…

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Microdosing Reality

Microdosing Reality

Of her title character, Bitter, Akwaeke Emezi writes: Bitter had bounced around foster homes since she was a baby, ending up with a steady foster family when she was eight, and she had removed all memories of the years before that, on purpose, because she needed to stay sane and some memories were like poison. ~ It isn’t strength, necessarily, but strategy that has helped me be a mostly functional human in a mostly dysfunctional…

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