Visiting Pema Chodron

I’m reading a book by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron which is really wonderful. I don’t think she’s written anything that isn’t wonderful. The book I’m currently reading is called, The Places that Scare You. Here is a collection of quotes from her: • The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable […]

Pema Chodron on video

I’ve posted quotes from Pema Chodron a few times. Now you can “meet” her in person. On complaining: Some of our best teachers are those who irritate or even hurt us!

More quotes from Pema Chodron

Taken from Pema Chodron’s book, Start Where You Are: A guide to compassionate living We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips we lay on ourselves–the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy […]

Pema Chodron

I’m reading a book by a Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Pema Chodron which is really wonderful. I don’t think she’s written anything that isn’t wonderful. The book I’m currently reading is called, The Places that Scare You. Here is a collection of quotes from her: • The truth you believe and cling to makes you unavailable […]

Mindfulness / Meditation and Complex Trauma: The Rewards and the Risks

What media hype and those selling mindfulness don’t tell you is that mindfulness is a process that can radically transform you, and it’s not always safe, nor is it easy or straightforward. We make it safer by being aware of the risks and learning to listen to our own bodies about when it is or isn’t okay for us. No one else actually knows.

Rest in peace my dear friend and comrade in madness…Ian Scheffel (formerly Bill Scheffel)

We have no memory of being in the womb or emerging from the birth canal. Dreams are quickly forgotten if remembered at all. We experience emotions but may not always know why. The most fundamental dimensions of our experience cannot be found in any solid way, quantified, or even seen. How can we understand spiritual emergencies and other spiritually transformative events if, as R.D. Laing wrote, “We can see other people’s behavior but not their experience?” …

Meditation on death, impermanence and post traumatic stress

Holding, holding, holding…feel the holding, wrapped up with anger, resistance, fear….FEEL it, feel it, feel it… and let it be…all things pass…recognizing and allowing seems to help it move… When post traumatic stress is leaving the body it brings up all manner of feelings that have been locked in. If I’m not carefully mindful it’s […]

Developing unconditional friendship with yourself

I woke up in the middle of the night in meditation and contemplation, a bit horrified and humbled and also amazed with a sense of wondrousness at what I’ve been through in the last few days. About what I’ve discovered about myself and humanity in general, as my healing continues to unfold. I am wondrously human! Especially in my incapacity to have any control whatsoever over pretty much anything. It’s often both humbling and frightening. …