The First Practice: Learning to love what I love

The Red Thread Songyuan asked, Why can’t clear-eyed Bodhisattvas sever the red thread? When I was in my early thirties, a ragtag group of friends and family assembled weekly in my living room to meditate. Our teacher was a recovering alcoholic and self-identified Sufi who taught us glorious chants. We’d sing and sing and sink …

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Hands Like Roots

Our hands imbibe like roots, so I place them on what is beautiful in this world, and I fold them in prayer and they draw from the heavens light. St. Francis of Assisi, as interpreted by Daniel Ladinsky This is not a sound bite about how to reduce anxiety. This is not a short course …

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Contemplative in the Kootenays, April 20: Reclaiming the Divine Mother

Re-Claiming the Divine Mother will be the theme of the Contemplative in the Kootenays gathering on April 20th. We’ll start early and promptly, at 9 a.m., and will live-stream the video conference with Matthew Wright on The Faces of Mary until noon. Then, after lunch, we will meditate together, and ponder how what we’ve learned …

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