A young couple decided to deal with their ambivalence about panhandlers by giving money to the first person who asked each day.

They were sincerely attempting to work with their confusion around the issue of homelessness, but they had an agenda: they would be good, generous people and do their noble deed and then forget about their conflicted feelings for the rest of the day. One morning a drunk asked the woman for money as she went […]


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The self-centered thought is not who we are.

The self-centered thought is different from the mind that wants to be happy because we’re sentient beings. Everybody wants to be happy. There’s no problem with wanting to be happy. The problem is the way the self-centered thought goes about thinking of our happiness and the way it goes about getting happiness. It is a […]


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Whatever arises in our mind whether it’s a thought, an emotion, a sensation, or a perception is the arising of co-emergent wisdom.

It is the radiation of the mind’s emptiness and clarity. Every arising is a temporary arising—one thought comes and goes, then another thought comes and goes. All our thoughts and emotions just appear and disappear. This is very important, because we usually grasp at whatever occurs. For instance, when sadness arises, we hold on to […]


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To listen, we must intend to listen and then open, relax, and receive the words, impressions, feeling states, and energetic cues…

from our friends as they speak. We steady our attention, remain fully present, and allow our heart-mind to exchange without interference from our internal commentary of evaluations and judgments. We mute our “react and respond” button. We simply hear what they have to say, releasing the grip of the ego on our perceptions.  Sometimes we […]


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Reality is the sameness of whatever arises, abides, and subsides.

Or to say it another way, neither sense impres­sions nor thoughts—nothing whatsoever—stirs from the spaciousness of pure being as they entwine in the matrix of the three dimensions of spontaneous creativity. The matrix is always still and silent. The media of body, speech, and mind partake of that stasis. There is no movement in pure […]


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Can we actually be present with this body and mind as it is, not our ideas of who we are…

but actually be present with the physical sensation and the swirling thoughts that are happening on our cushion, right now? Without trying to get anything from it, and also not trying to get rid of it, do not hold back at all. Do not hold back from just fully enjoy­ing or engaging this present experience, […]


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We must die to each moment and allow life to express itself through us.

Our lives may not turn out the way in which the ego has imagined, but when we surrender to the truth of what is, we wilt find freedom beyond measure as surely as the river finds its way to the sea. When we move beyond the dualistic world, there is a rebirth into the deathless. […]


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The most profound and effective way to overcome sloth and torpor is to stop fighting your mind.

Stop trying to change things and instead let things be. Make peace not war with sloth and torpor. – Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond


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Even as you maintain mindfulness and alertness, thoughts of attachment, aversion, and bewilderment will still arise…

because the habits that produce their arising have not yet been completely eradicated. Nevertheless, if you have some recognition of your mind’s nature, then, when any one of those thoughts arises, you will experience the mind’s true nature in that thought, because the mind’s nature is also the nature of that thought. – Creation and […]


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We use our emotions. We use them. In their essence, they are simply part of the goodness of being alive…

…but instead of letting them be, we take them and use them to regain our ground. We use them to try to deny that in fact no one has ever known or will ever know what’s happening. We use them to try to make everything secure and predictable and real again, to fool ourselves about […]


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