Monthly Archives: July 2012

Getting in the mood to meditate

Some days you will want to sit in meditation; other days you may resist. How do you get yourself in the mood to meditate? How do you overcome the natural resistances that come with fluctuating levels of energy and interest? For most of us, concentration and insight develops more slowly than we would like, and [...]

2017-02-16T09:34:51+00:00 July 31st, 2012|Daily Life Practice, Meditation|

A Simple Practice of Clinging or Not Clinging

I’ve been enjoying a simple practice recently—observing the occurrence or absence of clinging. How do you recognize when the mind is relating to experience through grasping? What are the signs or indications? Clinging to experiences of mind and body is such a habitual way of engaging with sensory contacts that attachment may go unnoticed until [...]

2017-02-16T09:34:51+00:00 July 23rd, 2012|Daily Life Practice, Emotions, Mindfulness Practice|

Prehistoric paintings

I was recently teaching a concentration and jhana retreat in France. After the retreat I visited some nearby caves that contained prehistoric paintings and engravings from Cro Magnon Era. Pondering what the lives, thoughts, and experiences of these people might have been like tens of thousands of years ago stretches my imagination and conventional references [...]

2017-02-16T09:34:52+00:00 July 23rd, 2012|Ruminations|