Working Hard to Relax

Working Hard to Relax

Home Retreat: Day Two To truly relax, I must work very hard. It’s a paradox to say that it requires effort to arrive at effortlessness. Or that everything is perfect as it is, and yet simultaneously needs improvement. Paradoxes like these frustrate the mind, but I...
Beachhead (part 2)

Beachhead (part 2)

“Understand your pride and it will drop- what results will be humility. Understand your fears and they will melt- the resultant state is love. Understand your attachment and they will vanish- the consequence is freedom. Love and freedom and happiness are not things...
Small Things with Great Love (part 1)

Small Things with Great Love (part 1)

This is a piece I prepared several months ago that I put aside and recently rediscovered. Rereading it, I felt it was too beautiful not to share. Even though the day-to-day reality with Gabriel is different now, this piece captures what it was like for us in those...
Progress

Progress

The Buddha’s first Noble Truth is often translated as “Life is suffering”, but I prefer to think of it as saying “there is suffering.” There is no escape from this fact; that’s just the way things are. Even though we can do things to “sugar the pill”, it’s just...
Feedback

Feedback

Summary: Upon investigating fear, I realize that I’m afraid of being afraid, which creates a situation like an audio feedback loop. Looking into it deeper, I see that sitting with the fear can lead to wisdom. Application: The next time you observe difficult or...