Tag Archives: contraction

ISmile332 – Dealing With War

The Zen saying “Drinking this cup of green tea, I stop the war” offers us a chance to explore our own relationship with war. While it may sound passive and irresponsible on the surface, how we meet even the most basic activities internally, supports how we meet things, especially conflict, externally. So how do we [...]

When spiritual practice deepens, do heart and mind open the same way?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #24

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. ____ August 12, 2010 Student: Do you find yourself working to unlearn stuff on this path and, if so, why? For the sake of clarity? [...]

Where does the ego come from?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #11

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 26, 2010 Student: While meditating today, I realized that in stillness the most expansive part of “me” seems to see the Infinite with out much effort. [...]

ISmile301 – Surfing Pain’s Waves

People tend to arrive at spiritual work because of some type of dissatisfaction with their lives. It’s the human tendency to try to distance ourselves from this discomfort and yet running from our pain never seems to alleviate it for very long. Buddhist teaching suggests a different route that leads us not away from our [...]

ISmile293 – Traps, Snares and Qualities That Bind

Whatever keeps us off of the cushion is what keeps us from awakening. At least this is one of Michael’s most common refrains as he encourages a daily stillness practice. Why? “Because,” as he says, “it loosens whatever is keeping us bound.” Once this loosening takes on the characteristics of a deeper unraveling, our bondage [...]

Interesting Dialog to Come…

I’ve been wondering when this topic might arise from these two. KEN WILBER: At times like these, our spiritual practice becomes essential. We have to develop a heightened awareness of our own internal mechanisms and of what can throw us back into a contracted, survivalist mode. That’s really important, because there are some very serious [...]