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 

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 

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 

Empty Your Bowl: Chung Hyun Kyung on Introducing Emptiness to Westerners

Emptiness is a fundamental tenet of Buddhism. Many Westerners find it confusing. Perhaps they think, “How can I be empty when I’m so full of thoughts, of experience, emotions?” Maybe it seems like something negative. Professor Chung Hyun Kyung, both Christian and Buddhist, relates the experience of emptiness to being available. She says, “You have … Continue