• The aerial point of view: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Notes, Friday, Nov. 5th

    November 6, 2010

    Thank you all for coming tonight!  Lots of positive energy in the room–and thanks to Alex for ringing the bell 🙂 Aside from meditating, we discussed a wide range of topics, including: -“Watering the right seeds.”  Negative emotions like anger start small–like a seed–and we can often allow those seeds to be watered, and before Continue Reading…

  • Siddhartha was an addict! Friday, Oct. Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Notes

    October 30, 2010

    Another very comforting and mellow meeting!  Thank you all for joining and contributing. I read a few short meditations from The Pocket Chogyam Trungpa.  Here is one: Being Kind to Yourself We have to learn to be kinder to ourselves, much more kind.  Smile a lot, although nobody is watching you smile.  Listen to your Continue Reading…

  • Anxiety and the Slow Energies

    October 24, 2010

    “It is an old and ironic habit of human beings to run faster when we have lost our way…”—Rollo May, Love and Will In 1949 the English poet, W.H. Auden wrote, “Now is the age of anxiety.”  The now of that statement has been echoed through history books, literature, and art; but even more pervasively, Continue Reading…

  • Fri, October 22: Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery Group Notes

    October 23, 2010

    How nice to have a group with which to meditate and discuss spiritual and recovery issues.  I am grateful–thank you all for coming! Group notes: -I read from Darren Littlejohn’s The 12-Step Buddhist.  This is an excellent book not only to learn how to incorporate Buddhism into your recovery but also an excellent commentary Continue Reading…

  • BUDDHISM & RECOVERY information/flyer

    October 17, 2010

    Buddhism, Meditation & Recovery A weekly meeting of spiritual growth and discussion Be a light unto yourself, betake yourselves to no external refuge. Every Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Learn the basics of Buddhism and how Buddhism can help your recovery. Participants will also receive instruction on mindfulness meditation.  There will be a brief Continue Reading…

  • I have three new groups running–see the “Schedule” section

    October 13, 2010
  • Doing the Work

    September 27, 2010

    …he wanted me to stop my routines, and finally, he wanted me to dethrone my sense of self-importance. “How am I going to accomplish all this, don Juan?” I asked him. “I have no idea,” he responded.  “None of us has any idea of how to do that pragmatically and effectively.  Yet, if we start Continue Reading…

  • Rumi’s Deer: Courage, Fear and Surfing

    September 20, 2010

    Part II of the Previous Journal Post Even though the retreat at Spirit Rock was a profound experience for me, it was not without its challenges.  When it came to actually driving my rental car into the parking lot and committing to the retreat, I balked.  I did not want to go!  I parked the Continue Reading…

  • The Radiance of the Heart

    August 7, 2010

    Buddhist meditation and psychology have a strong influence in my life.  This past August I had the opportunity to take off a week and travel to Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California for a one-day retreat, lead by writer and teacher, Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart and The Wise Heart (among other Continue Reading…