Trade In Impatience and Boredom

If feeling stuck in routine, consider that Rudolph Steiner said that nothing in our daily life needs to outwardly change to begin to engage in the higher work. He gives some exercises in which we can engage ourselves, basically, in our spare moments. It's the quality, the reverence brought to these moments, which sets them…

Meditation on Dark Days

Don't go into the mind, into meditation, only when the conditions are good. Think of going into the woods to build those small bridges on forest trails to let hikers avoid giant puddles. The larger brooks and streams are obvious even when it's dry, but you have to go in when it's been raining and…

A Question About Breath Energy

An inquiry from a diligent student of meditation: I wanted to ask you about “breath energy,” which seems to be an essential piece of Thannisaro Bhikkhu's meditations. Could you please share with me what your understanding of breath energy is? Reply: First, one of the best resources for elucidating Thanissaro Bhikkhu's teachings is a Facebook…

I Pray

Come forth light Illuminate and slay Shine in the remotest crevice Where the barbed tendrils of deceit Find nourishment and blind consciousness with a fume. Send the deceivers fleeing, free them with light or oblivion, and free us To wield the divine light in mercy and power, making a rout of the enemies of truth.…

My part

My Part When it comes to me, you should consider yourself free If I did the harm, or if you believe you harmed me It is gone, I'm sorry, be free It is time to turn off the alarm, extinguish the beacons, send packing your demons I Will make special arrangements for my errors, I…

On practice and everyday well-being

On a practical level, meditation seems to help with cohesiveness in life. I’ve started and stopped many individual practices of strengthening mind and body, but I’ve never been as successful in any of them as when I have a good meditation practice going at the same time. In the tradition that I study most, the…