It's summer time here in the U.S. which means we can a little bit lighter in spirit, at least that's what we most of us would like to be the case!
“Give it up,” he said and I heard a click. I glanced down, and there was a switchblade pointed at my belly. I looked up and with genuine surprise replied, “What do you mean?” as I took my hands and arms away from my body.
Begin at the beginning, end at the end refers to a very practical and straight foward practice that I recommend to everyone. (excerpt by Norman Fischer, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings of the Practice of Lojong, Shambhala Publications Inc., 2013)
What would it be like to receive whatever was given and not reject, close down or desire more? I’ve been imagining how to be more like this by imagining myself as a bowl. Either simply by picturing myself as [...]
Over the past 33 years my practice has changed, re-arranged, been fallow and fruitful - but one constant theme has been mindfulness of the body. By returning my mind to the home of my body I've navigated tumultuous mental storms and a myriad of emotional events. The yogis of long ago utilized asana as an anchor in their life’s storms as well - to reduce their suffering, to control their minds.