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The Voice

There is a voice Its silent echoes are in a land far away You know it is there You can feel its sorrow You can feel its pain For it wants to be heard It has something to say   The voice yearns to be liberated For it is lost And remains unheard Waiting to…

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Stress in the Mess

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.” Pema Chödrön Well last week stress got the better of me. I forgot I was a mindfulness teacher let alone a mindfulness practitioner…

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This being human can be scary

As I reflect on how scary and difficult being human can be, Rumi’s words come into my mind. “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of…

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Soft Spot

“If we want there to be peace in the world, we have to be brave enough to soften what is rigid in our hearts, to find the soft spot and stay with it. We have to have that kind of courage and take that kind of responsibility.  That’s the true practice of peace.” Pema Chödron…

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Surrender into Softness

  The sun now sets at 4:15 – how am I feeling? There is a pandemic causing suffering – how am I feeling? Lockdown 2 begins today – how am I feeling? The Summer Sun is over – how am I feeling? Dark evenings, Cold weather, Isolation – how am I feeling? Election frenzy in…

Retreat Space

Retreat Space

Last week I attended the “Mindfulness to Buddhism” Retreat taught by Choden and Alan.  It was such a treat for me to actually attend a retreat.  I love being a tutor for the Mindfulness Association, but the amount of teaching has been quite intense lately and I was really ready for a break, from work…