Tag Archives: negativity

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 [...]

ISmile292 – Dancing with Challenges

What would it be like to be able to welcome any challenge as an invitation into awakening? Our relationship to our troubles determines the answer to this question. Are we avoiding anything? Are we at war? Harboring ill-will? Acting from desperation? Hungry for something, anything, other than what’s actually happening? Are you going for pleasure [...]

Encore: ISmile165 – The Ego’s Skin

This podcast was originally offered in August of 2007. ___ Can we become familiar with what the ego feels like? In this talk, Michael discusses uncovering the fundamental truth that is beyond name and form. When we feel resistance to this truth, we are feeling the skin of ego. When we get into a sangha, [...]

Encore: ISmile69 – The Three Stages of Practice: Recognition, Resistance, & Renunciation

This podcast was originally offered in August of 2005. ____ If it’s all only Spirit, why should we meditate? Couldn’t it be that meditation is designed to fail in getting us closer to what’s already totally present? In this talk, Michael discusses these questions and suggests how practice unfolds along three stages. Beginning with Recognition, where [...]

Commuter Zen #34

Could you explain how when we don’t like what’s going on in life, that this is an example of separation? Tweet

ISmile272 – Vid: The Gift of Negativity

In this video of a recent Dharma talk, Michael discusses how welcoming negativity and exploring its roots helps each of us uncover the spaciousness that is beyond all things. ___ Click on the player below, in order to listen to Michael’s talk. Also, please subscribe to this podcast on iTunes. Tweet

ISmile265 – What’s Prior to ‘I’?

“There is nothing more frightening to the ‘personal’ sense of self than awakening to what’s always beyond the ‘personal’ sense of self.”

ISmile253 – Awakening’s SNORP Protocol

“There are certain paths that our spiritual development seems to follow. SNORP is one of them.”