Dialogs With My Teacher #51

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ December 14, 2010 Student: Where there is love, there can be no fear, right? Michael: I’d agree with that statement as long as the kind of love we’re talking …

Encore Post – Avoidance vs. Stillness

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This post was originally offered in June of 2008 as part of the book, Awake in This Life. ___ There is a difference between consciously aligning our lives from stillness and not feeling any need to get out of bed in the morning. A commitment to stillness doesn’t mean that we should absolve ourselves of any directed activity. This is simple …

Don’t Wobble

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“In walking, just walk. In sitting, just sit. Above all, don’t wobble.” ~ Yunmen Some years ago, my Zen teacher made a big deal about Yunmen’s teaching of “not wobbling” or, as I have frequently termed it, “not flinching.” Not allowing myself to become like those weeble toys that are designed to wobble the moment they are touched was perhaps …