Grow Your Goodness Into The World

This is the transcript of the talk I gave before a guided meditation on Insight Timer Live. I tried to edit it enough for it to make sense without the back and forth of the live session, but I also wanted to keep it conversational. Reading this is not required for the guided meditation to…

Poems Inspired by the Five Spiritual Faculties

FaithFaith means I take what youSay to be trueTo be true.But is this your due?Should I reconstrue?Within conviction lies the convict,Within confidence the con man.Of all the tricksters on the hillWho's the hindrances' biggest shill?Mara!Where do I go, What shall I do,How shall I conceive right view?Faith!But what is faith really all about?Simply put,It is…

Closer

When you are having a difficult time, have you ever pretended that it was a very dear person to you having a bad time, and you were there to offer comfort or advice? I've noticed, especially when I answer questions for my insight timer course, that I generally think that the "advice" is pretty good,…

A heart prayer

A heart prayer Every time I move the pieces I'm a little shaken In anticipation Like doing a backflip into water And standing firmly on the earth Toes grabbing the grass The pop of the plant The uprooting of routine A new gathering centrifuge Hitting the surface soon Possible pain Unavoidable immersion Ignore the diversion…

The Peak of This Moment

The Peak of This Moment No matter where you are now There is a way in the path of truth There is map making and map reading And making adjustments as new landmarks appear We know the map is not it But there is a map And there is the peak of this moment Where…

A Crack in the Shell

I recently started a Patreon page. I will leave some material exclusively for patrons for a little while and then make it public soon after. None of the material is particularly time sensitive- it's just a nod to the process, a small, 'thank you for the contribution'- but you understand that everything I create is…

Ecclesia (as told thus far)

  Ecclesia (as told thus far) [How do I share my goodness if I fear folly? -waiting in darkness, cobbling a better me- We must allow that a little sin might be, As a bit of debris may fall unseen into the cookpot, Yet we serve the meal And do not keep the stew hidden…

Tracks in the Snow

As mentioned before, I often go for a morning trot through the local town forest, and I am aware that I am sharing this space with many critters, some seen, but mostly unseen. Well, last night we were blessed with about an inch of fresh snow, and while I wasn't actually planning on going for…