Tag Archives: spiritual practice

Dialogs With My Teacher #51

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. ___ December 14, 2010 Student: Where there is love, there can be no fear, right? Michael: I’d agree with that statement as long as the [...]

How does meditation practice develop over time?

Commuter Zen #48 Tweet

Commuter Zen #44

What is mind? Tweet

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 #35

Now that you’ve been practicing a while, where does the freedom show up that it didn’t before? Tweet

ISmile279 – Vid: How to Block Your Progress on the Spiritual Path

There are several things, according to Michael McAlister, that can get in the way of realization as we deepen our spiritual practice. Among the issues, sleepiness, insomnia, arrogance, fear, doubt, attachment, pain, restlessness, boredom, and avoidance. Getting caught by any of these experiences works against the potential of opening to a life sourced from an [...]

ISmile276 – The Body, The Breath and Space

In this evening’s Dharma talk, Michael presents his view on how the attention paid to the body and the breath offers us a path to an expanse beyond words. It is here we receive an invitation to the truth beyond name and form. The Holy, in other words, reveals itself in the mundane at this [...]

Commuter Zen #24 – Baseball, Dharma & Crushes on 60s TV Characters