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 

Letting go of the story and moving into Open Sky

Escape, by D.H. Lawrence When we get out of the glass bottles of our own ego, and when we escape like squirrels from turning in the cages of our personality, and get into the forest again, we shall shiver with cold and fright but things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, … Continue 

2014: A Resolution to Resolve

res•o•lu•tion (ˌrɛz əˈlu ʃən) A formal expression of opinion or intention made. re•solve (rɪˈzɒlv) To cause to progress from a dissonance to a consonance.   Well, here we are again – New Year’s Day and folks are starting the day and the year by making proclamations both public and private, of what is GOING TO … 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 

AA and the 11th Step – How to Meditate..?

For those of us in 12 Step Programs – Formal Meditation Practice is literally ‘part of the program.’ Spelled out in Step 11: ‘Sought Through Prayer and Meditation…’ But if you are anything like me – I sat for years nodding in the affirmative and being agreeable to the concept of meditation. I was certain it could and … Continue