Tag Archives: relationships

Dialogs With My Teacher #64

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. ___ February 15, 2011 Student: Is there ever any leaning from one person on another in a deeply conscious relationship? Michael: Relationships that are truly [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #55

January 10, 2011 (#55) Student: What is the most enlightened way to communicate with someone who is very difficult? Michael: The same way I’ve suggested that you speak to someone who complains a lot; listen deeply and speak from a place of open generosity. Student: But what if they’re totally narcissistic and seemingly uninterested in [...]

ISmile333 – The Practice of Forgiveness

The more we can forgive, the deeper our practice becomes.

Dialogs With My Teacher #45

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 4, 2010 (#45) Student: What do you think about all day when seeking is dropped and the story is not taken seriously? [...]

ISmile310 – The Heart of Trust

Kanshi Sosan’s work, The Mind of Absolute Trust, offers us some great guidance in relation to meeting our lives fully. Michael leads the sangha in a reading and brief interactive analysis of the text, pointing out how we might best integrate the meaning of the text within our day-to-day lives. “Learning to trust the Universe,” [...]

Commuter Zen #45

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Encore Post – The Pain Cycle

This post was originally offered in May of 2008 as part of the book, Awake in This Life. ___ Whenever relationships are discussed in the context of spiritual practice, most of the questions concern unhealthy attachment. Whether we are conscious of it or not, dysfunction continually offers the ego a place to hide. For example, [...]

Enlightened and Enlightening Relationships

This is a reposting of an excerpt from the book, Awake in This Life, entitled “Relationships.” It was first posted in May, 2008. ___ Among the richest areas for practice is relationship. Many of us, whether we are in a committed relationship or not, tend to have our connections with people inform most if not [...]