Tag Archives: clinging

Does spirituality support Awakening?

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How do we let go of letting go?

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Where does the ego come from?

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ISmile313 – Losing Spirituality’s Training Wheels

There comes a point in our practice where we consciously let go of everything that has supported our work. It’s not that we reject or avoid anything but rather that we stop holding on to all that’s familiar. This is especially true when we let go of our personal stories of right and wrong; of [...]

ISmile312 – Vanity and Other Wars With Reality

When we can accept reality as it is, we can no longer find ourselves to be at war with it. There is nothing to resist, in other words, when we are no longer clinging to any expectation that things should turn out a certain way. When we can rest in this space, we open to [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #10

Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ June 25, 2010 Student: Recently, you were talking about preventing the clinging to sangha. You said that, like anything else, if we get caught [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #7

Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ Aug. 7, 2009 Student: Michael, I have a question related to an experience I had when I was about six. I was [...]

ISmile305 – Extraordinary Ordinariness

Do we have the courage to be truly ordinary? It’s a great question that helps us uncover whatever egoic attachments we might have about who we think we are and who we think we should be. Those individuals that can let go of these deep stories have an opportunity to share something deep and worthy: [...]