Hope and the Spiral of Resentment and Violence

So we continue in the spiral of resentment and violence. It’s shocking to wake up to five dead police officers and, instead of an anonymous street scene from Some City, it’s an intersection I know well.  Then, a week later, three more dead, not so far away. And with so many horrors crowding around, it’s … Continue 

Respecting the Earth, suggestions of H.H. Karmapa

TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE… Make aspiration prayers. We make aspiration prayers for all sentient beings. This should also include the Earth, which sustains us and gives us life. Read, discuss, and develop an understanding of environmental issues and how they affect you and your community. Go vegetarian. Not only will … Continue 

Sacred Nowness by Dan Stebbins

I was recently given the Shambhala name Sacred Nowness. This caused me to reflect on the meaning. I’ve contemplated nowness many times before. I naively tried to capture nowness so I could know what now is. But nowness proved too elusive and enigmatic. Now is all the time we have but it can’t be measured. … Continue 

Meditation and Yoga by Leila Cranford

Not all meditators practice yoga, but meditation is a foundational practice in hatha yoga – or yoga, as we simply call it in the west.  A robust yoga practice includes regular meditation (dhyana) as well as postures and breathwork.  The seminal Yoga Sutras, in fact, lays out the Eight Limbs that form the the yogi’s … Continue 

Feed the Right Wolf

Last week during our normal Heart of Recovery meeting, (Hint: Every Sunday at 6pm!!) this allegory was brought up during our open discussion: An old Cherokee was telling his grandson about the struggle that takes place within all of us. He said, ‘My son, the conflict is between two wolves that live inside us. One … Continue 

Everybody gets to do what they want

Years ago, prior to embarking on a spectacularly unwise course of action, I ran the plan by my sponsor as a ‘hypothetical’ situation. Truth be told, I didn’t really want nor need his opinion and he wasn’t going to sway me from the overwhelming, maddeningly compulsive need to act… I ran it by him because … Continue 

Isolation is NOT a technique

“You cannot achieve enlightenment by locking yourself in your room.” – Thich Nhat Hanh, “The Fertile Soil of Sangha”   It’s December 8, 2013, and the Great Ice Storm of 2013 is in full effect. Most of North Texas has been staying indoors for the majority of the past 72 hours. So, I have been … Continue 

Perfectionism…you’re doing it wrong.

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest…” Pema Chödrön One thing that kept me from developing a daily practice of meditation was the notion that if I wasn’t already good (read: great) at something or didn’t know how to (magically) do it correctly right … Continue 

The Distraction Addiction

“We who are like senseless children Shrink from suffering, but love its causes.’ -Santideva Bodhicaryavatara   Best Selling Author and beloved Buddhist teacher Pema Chödrön speaks of them as ‘Dunzies’ – the mindless distractions that we engage and indulge ourselves in on a daily basis. The concept of going through life as though we were … Continue 

Love, Connection, Spark: Change from Barbara Bash’s POV

What does change for good really take? What three words say it best for you? Barbara Bash has worked for many years as a calligrapher and teacher of book arts and nature journaling, and teaches Big Brush calligraphy workshops throughout the U.S. She was co-director of the book arts program at Naropa University and has … Continue