Tag Archives: acceptance

ISmile331 – Healing Ourselves, Healing the World

“This deep, spiritual work,” according to Michael, “is ultimately, is about resolve.” In Stephen Batchelor’s, Buddhism Without Beliefs, this idea of committed, fearlessness is supported where he suggests that we continually take accurate stock of our lives and then live from this place of honesty with resolve. While these suggestions are simple, they are not necessarily [...]

ISmile316 – Meditating Through Life’s Mess

Michael begins this talk with the following quotation from Rilke’s Duino Elegies: For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us. This sets up his talk by making the point that it’s in our desire to [...]

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Surrender Is Not the Same as Giving In

Great bit of writing at the elephant journal, by Erica Hamilton, on an area that offers tremendous confusion for practitioners: By keeping our eyes open in the face of suffering, we also choose to be present to everything that comes up in our minds and bodies when we see it, whether it be in ourselves [...]

ISmile255 – The Way Out of Discomfort

“Really being clear about what we’re avoi allows us to see what’s behind the veil. Seeing behind the veil we free ourselves and everyone else.”

ISmile252 – The PASSAGE

“Let go, then participate. This is the teaching. This is a dance with the Infinite.”

ISmile218 – Accepting the Invitation

Click on the player below, in order to listen to Michael’s talk. Get the new iTunes software and subscribe to this podcast from the Buddhist and/or Philosophy sections of the Religion & Spirituality list. ____ At a recent sitting, Michael offered up a poem from Oriah Mountain Dreamer’s book, The Invitation. This is the podcast [...]


Among the richest areas for practice is relationship. Many of us, whether we are in a committed relationship or not, tend to have our connections with people inform most if not all of what we do. Romantic relationships, work relationships, as well as friendships and family relationships, can pull us from a Big Self expanse [...]