Rain, Waves, Ocean

All phenomena can be known in different ways: -Raindrops falling and dissolving into the vastness of ocean... -Waves of localized motion unceasingly rising out of and falling back into the expansive waters... -The depths of emptiness that underpins all action and intention. We can be known to ourselves as rain when we are in life; as … Continue reading Rain, Waves, Ocean

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Stress and Anxiety

What is stress? What is anxiety? Stress and anxiety can be thought of as ways that your body and mind shout out at you to do or to pay attention to something – in other words, they make up a very sophisticated guidance system. More specifically, stress could be described as the strain that life … Continue reading Stress and Anxiety

Two Truths – Part III

Discomfort is painful; Discomfort is liberating. Overall, these are all experiments... Over-reliance on any "strategy", "technique", or "practice" of any sort will likely lead to the feeling that "this just doesn't work anymore..." That being said, yet another way to experiment with feelings of mental distress or emotional discomfort is to work toward integrating that … Continue reading Two Truths – Part III

When the Future gets in the way of the Present: chasing equilibrium versus embodying equanimity

We cannot help but strive toward things. In fact, we very often strive before we know what we want at all (see my previous post on "Feeding Distractions"). What striving does is put us into the future. When our "presence-of-mind" is replaced by a "future-of-mind", our lives are a little less lived - and the … Continue reading When the Future gets in the way of the Present: chasing equilibrium versus embodying equanimity

Not “Wanting” What We Want (and not “not-wanting” what we don’t want)… On Purpose

Wanting what we want is a pretty natural way to feel... natural and imprisoning. It is silly to say we should "not-want" what we want... silly and very helpful. Becoming what we are means first to become what we are not, and it is only through the action of volition that we become anything at all. … Continue reading Not “Wanting” What We Want (and not “not-wanting” what we don’t want)… On Purpose