Just wanted to share one of my favorite poems =) One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began, though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice- though the whole house began to tremble and you felt the old tug at your ankles. "Mend my life!" each voice cried. But … Continue reading The Journey by: Mary Oliver
The last time I went home to visit my mother, I realized how much I miss her. I miss how she was always there for me in company and in friendship. I miss her old form. Then all these practices on non-attachment just hit me - form is empty. Things, people, experiences - they come and … Continue reading Form is Empty
Here's a little something I was inspired to write while I was in my first month-long silent retreat. Please take it with a grain of salt and allow yourselves to be humored by this person's attempt at lyrical writing. Lol. The silence helps me be more aware of the quality of my thoughts. The silence helps … Continue reading The Silence
Diversity - let it not be a means of power struggle, but a means to learn from one another and respect each other. A line this person intuited while on a silent retreat last month. Easier said than done, of course. I was reading the end of a chapter in this book called Buddhism Without … Continue reading On diversity
There are no absolutes. As one of my teachers said, Suffering ensues when we do not recognize our boundless nature.
So, I’ve decided to start this by posting about my first ever month-long silent retreat. It was a very challenging time for this person, yet a very good opportunity to unfold into a deeper practice in the safety of amazing beings who held the space beautifully. The retreat was called Being Dharma led by two former monastics, … Continue reading A Beginning