Meditation without action can simply become another way to check out, to absolve oneself of one's responsibilities within the world, leaving us "blissed out" with no particular orbit within the "reality" that is our lives.

As a Registered Nurse, working at the bedside, I’ve found countless opportunities to check-in using my meditation practice, instead of disappearing. Sogyal Rinpoche, as well as other teachers, refer to this checking-in as “integration.”

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 12:39

Meditation & Science

Dan Goleman from the 'Wisdom of Awareness' Retreat with Sogyal Rinpoche and Tsoknyi Rinpoche, June 2011 (Garrison Institute, New York), he talks about important meditation research findings, the implications and future possibilities.

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Saturday, 24 September 2011 17:05

To hurry or not to hurry

Yesterday I heard a teaching by Tsoknyi Rinpoche, who taught about the speed and agression of the modern world. Although I have heard these kinds of teachings before, they always really hit me. Maybe because I am particularly prone to this hurried syndrome, being a pretty ambitious person in a competitive world... 

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Monday, 19 September 2011 20:08

Daniel Goleman on Writing and Meditation

Daniel Goleman speaks candidly about how meditation makes a positive difference in his work as a writer.

 

Published in Meditation Blog
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 10:54

Integrating meditation during the day

Sogyal Rinpoche inspires us to begin the day by integrating our practice, even at the breakfast table!

 

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Tuesday, 30 August 2011 08:15

School meditation

I’m a casual high school teacher. In some countries it’s called a ‘supply’ teacher, some kids call me a ‘substitute’ teacher. If they say, ‘oh yay, we have a sub,’ I say, ‘Yep, you’ve got Super-sub.’ I prefer the term ‘casual’ because I like to be casual about my work. That doesn’t mean I don’t take care to do my job well, I do take care, it means that I view my work with a light touch.

If you don’t have a sense of humour as a teacher, you go a little crazy. You get grumpy, dour and just plain unhappy. The kids can be tough. Some of them see a change of teacher as a reason to play up. I don’t take any of it personally. That helps me stay calm, and when I’m calm, I can be clear. When I’m clear minded, I’m more likely to make wise choices about how to handle situations. If I stay calm and clear, my day is fine, no matter what the kids throw at me, so I practice meditation throughout the day.

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Thursday, 25 August 2011 15:07

Feedack from AWAKE event

Here is what attendees of the AWAKE conference in Amsterdam said that they will take away from the evening:

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 19:22

Writing and Meditation

Daniel Goleman speaks candidly about how meditation makes a positive difference in his work as a writer.

 

Published in Daniel Goleman
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 01:01

The Dangerous Habits of Coconuts

What do coconuts have to do with meditation?  Good question!  Here's the story.

One day, I was quietly walking along.  Minding my own business, but not especially brilliantly awake.

Suddenly, in the blink of an eye and with a thunderous roar, a slew of coconut bombs pummeled the asphalt.  Less than 30 feet in front of me.  

Needless to say, this brought me back to the present moment with a jerk.

We all know how difficult it is to crack open a coconut.  There's the hammer, nail and towel method, but this is still not a piece of cake.

But due to the force of gravity, the falling velocity of a coconut accelerates.  These puppies - 15 or more - literally exploded splashing a big stretch of the road with coconut milk and littering it with cracked nuts, white meat, and gigantic branches.

Published in Meditation Blog
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 10:58

Retreat: the returning home edition

I returned home from my retreat a few days ago. Now is arguably the most interesting time: how do I integrate all that I learned at the retreat in my day-to-day ordinary life? Because that is the real test! Actually sometimes being on retreat is quite safe and easy. Our normal environment is where we get pulled most strongly into our patterns and habits.

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