Tag Archives: ego

Why do this spiritual work, anyway?

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Occupy Integral! As long as it’s really Integral.

The Integral Movement fascinates me. At its most basic level, Ken Wilber’s work offers any of us on the path a map that helps us to look at our own spiritual development and integrates it with everything else in an evolving world. Hence, “Integral.” At its best, Integral clarifies our position in the relative realm when [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #31

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. ___ September 16, 2010 Student: I keep thinking that the mental stories authored by my ego are kinda’ like bullfrogs in that they’re always puffing [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #27

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. September 1, 2010 Student: What is empathy? Michael: An impersonal gift of seeing someone totally. We could also think of it as the opposite of [...]

After all of this sitting, why am I still so screwed up?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #23

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 10, 2010 Student: Your words during last night’s Dharma talk invited understanding but not with the mind, and I know this because I [...]

What do we do when our practice plateaus?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #22

  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.   ____ July 29, 2010 (#22) Student: Would it be accurate to say that the ego is strengthened each time we believe that something is [...]