Tag Archives: perspective

Discomfort in Meditation

Thought this was a nice piece on an issue that faces several members of our sangha: discomfort in meditation and our ability to work with it as we broaden our perspective. The minute we give our thought a label, we are stepping back to look at it. Unless we do that, we become the thinker [...]

ISmile302 – Living Without Distortion

This podcast features one of Michael’s students, Gina Rocca, who offers an introductory talk prior to a previous sitting. Gina’s beautiful talk is then followed up by one of Michael’s talks as well as Q & A. ___ Michael addresses the enlightened message of several traditions and suggests that they begin to intertwine at some [...]

ISmile299 – Integrating Big Self with Small Self

Our work, as practitioners, ultimately centers itself around our ability to shift our perspective from what is contracted to that which is utterly expansive. Once we see this new, more comprehensive view, our work evolves toward integrating this new vision with our old perspective. This dance back and forth becomes a way of living that [...]

Chapter 4—Perspective

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so: to me it is a prison. —William Shakespeare So the world, grounded in a timeless movement by the Soul which suffuses it with intelligence, becomes a living and blessed being. —Plotinus Key among our efforts to climb beyond both personal and collective suffering [...]