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Follow the Monkey (written 2018)

19/04/2018 08:58
There are many versions of a cartoon where a meditator sits with closed eyes, cross legged on a cushion, a serene expression on her face, while in the blank space around her are thought bubbles containing individual thoughts: “follow the breath”, “ I hate my hair”, “I wonder what time it is”, “Om”,...

Safety (written 2018)

12/04/2018 08:16
Sometimes, lately, I feel the heavy tiredness I remember clearly from the years my children were small. It's not just being physically tired. My doctor at that time said, “You're in your 40's, have a chronic illness and are raising two young sons, of course you're tired.” Well, it was nice to have...

Time's Tricks (written 2018)

05/04/2018 08:19
When I was in my late twenties and had first left the city where I grew up, I would go back now and then and stay with my parents for short visits. My dad used to say I was like a duck coming in for a landing, implying that I never stayed long. He wasn't just referring to the brevity of the visit...

Mind in March (written 2018)

29/03/2018 08:46
March in Alberta. What I notice as I scan the sky, check the outdoor thermometer, look up weather forecasts and pause to take in the bright beauty of a supermarket bouquet centered in my kitchen, is that March is emblematic of desire in this northern clime. We'd like March, in Alberta, to be a...

Time Out (written 2018)

22/03/2018 08:16
This morning I'm reminded, viscerally, of the value of retreat. I am not on retreat in any “official”way but it's Sunday, there are no appointments, meetings, classes, pharmacy pick ups or necessary errands marked on the calendar. Yesterday marked the end of a weeks long stretch when there were...

Tormenting the Lion (written 2018)

15/03/2018 08:12
It isn't comfortable to make a mistake. A mistake is like poking a stick through the bars at the ego you keep mostly safe and tame and properly protected. Like a lazy lion, ego will often nap in the sunshine of satisfaction, of productivity, of accomplishment. But that lion can pace and growl or...

When You Least Expect It (written 2018)

08/03/2018 09:46
Often when people come to join us for the first time in our regular meditation group they are in a troubled place in life. Human beings are good at just getting on with things as usual, even when the usual is uncomfortable. It takes a pretty big bump sometimes to get our attention. The car is...

Where Is the Mind? (written 2018)

01/03/2018 08:15
There might be a danger in the translation of the Pali word “sati” as “mindfulness” in that in the English speaking world the mind is too often equated with the brain and so assumed to be located in the head. Common ways of speaking of mindfulness reinforce this. To speak of seeing or watching or...

Colliding (written 2018)

22/02/2018 08:31
About to pull out of my parking space in a large lot the other day, when an SUV coasted by in slow motion, the driver casting a wide arcing gaze over the row, not making eye contact with me. I hadn't even taken my foot off the brake yet, so there was no danger of colliding vehicles, but I noticed a...

Thistles (written 2018)

15/02/2018 08:53
When bad news comes thick and nasty as thistles I breathe and remember Not to raise shields of indifference But to wade in with an open heart.   Maybe two decades ago was the first time I remember a period like this. Bad news thick as thistles. It seemed for awhile that the phone only rang to...
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