Meditation Moments

One of my Insight Timer listeners asked if I could give a sort of quick glance at some of my meditation strategies. She seemed to find my response helpful, so I decided to share it here: If I am having trouble focusing on my breath in one way, I try to stay with it for…

Provisions on the Path

This meditation was transcribed and edited from an Insight Timer Live session on November 21st, 2021. I chose to publish it in written form because I thought it also had a bit of a blog feel to it. Here is the audio. A dharma talk and meditation combined- in some traditions the dharma talk happens…

When you can't find the way in Look within When you can't belong Be a lone purpose When a way appears Be brave When you're in the center Look outside

First Things

The space we're in accommodates us in every moment. More Ramblin' Reflections from Live Stream Topics- From 11/1/21. Here's my Insight Timer profile. Thanks to Klimkin for the beautiful image. In Monday's live session I talked about the idea of what is prior; more specifically, I suggested posing the question, “which came first?”. The first…

The ____ Abides

These are reflections (more of a ramble than an article) based on notes I took for an Insight Timer Live session on 10/27/21. If you find this interesting, please come join us some time in an upcoming session (there are usually a few per week). You can also learn more about the Divine Abodes in…

Every moment is a moment for practice

You encounter foolishness- practice. Sick and tired of it all? Practice anyway. Practice even in your righteousness- see a wrong and see it though your practice. What is practice? Here it's often practicing good will, becoming calm and concentrated, using the breath and body as a guide, but also feelings, moods, emotions, thoughts- all fair…

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,…