Tag Archives: loss

Dialogs With My Teacher #59

February 10, 2011 Student: My mother is dying and there’s all sorts of interesting and tragic family stuff going on. It’s amazing and heart-breaking all at once. So my question is: how might any of us deal most constructively with the loss of a loved one? Michael: This must be so tough. While there’s no [...]

The Dharma of Getting Dumped

Kristin Luce offers up a great piece on one of life’s universal miseries… So here’s the humiliating truth: I was just dumped. I can’t even hate him because he did it so kindly and with such matu Take my advice: Don’t ever get into a relationship with a mature man. Seriously. It will strip you [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #43

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. ___ November 2, 2011 (#43) Student: What is the best response to someone who complains a lot? Michael: It’s often difficult to have open dialog [...]

Encore Post – Avoidance vs. Stillness

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 [...]

Guest Post: Letting Go of Mom

Gina Rocca has participated as an Infinite Smile member for the last three years. You can follow her on Twitter at @nicaldo. ___ My mother died on February 10. With her passing, the Universe swept through with its attentive force, rearranging life. There was a big storm, the kind kicked up by the chaos of [...]

On Awakened Dating

In the past few weeks, there have been several of our sangha members, both virtual and local, young and (dare I say) more mature, who’ve asked me about their deep longing for partnership. Questions surrounding how they might find true intimacy, and then how to ground relationships spiritually, have dominated our discussions. This is not [...]

ISmile254 – Working Well With Difficulty and Difficult People

“Letting life happen, knowing that it’s all temporary, we awaken to a space that helps us meet all forms of difficulty from peace.”

ISmile237 – On Greed and Karma

“When we act from a place of greed, we are generating a tangle in our lives we can easily call karma.”