Bring It Forth!

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” -Gnostic Gospels of Thomas

Is Hope an Obstacle or a Tool?

I’m traveling North to Maine by train.  There’s something about heading to new destinations that fills me with energy and excitement. The possibility of unknown sights and novel experiences sharpens my senses and everything takes on a brighter sheen.  On the tracks, Massachusetts fades behind and the great behemoth that is Maine lies ahead. There’s a sense … Continue reading

Electric Shocks or Meditation?

A new study seems to indicate that some people would prefer administering an electric shock to themselves before spending a 10-15 minutes alone with their thoughts. This certainly gives the notion of avoiding bad company a new twist. It sad to think that our inner life might be so unappealing or distressing that we would chose … Continue reading

Working with Discomfort and Pain

  What most needs attention is the part of us that we seek to avoid feeling. When we have tended to that, we are changed, and the world changes with us. —Dan Emmons     Often our efforts to avoid suffering serve only to exacerbate it. The very methods we use to label and address … Continue reading

Creating Mindful Community

                            In my last essay I wrote about the benefits and advantages of being part of a mindfulness community or sangha.  Having discussed these benefits, I wish to explore how to find a meditation community that suits your needs.  Beyond locating a … Continue reading