Archive for December 26th, 2011


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Here is a clip on youtube for these dark, contemplative days of winter.

A Visit from Winter Fairies by Peter Sutherland, Windham Hill Music.

May you find the universe as you dwell within your heart and mind.

Find rest and comfort from the drifting snows, holiday travels, and monkey mind.

Remember to breathe.  Remember to be.

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Chaos poétique...!!!Sharon Salzberg is one of my favorite dharma teachers.

Here is an excerpt mental noting from her book Real Happiness:

“Mental noting, a way to acknowledge briefly whatever is arising in the present moment, serves to main purposes:  First, it establishes a sphere of awareness, a small, calm interior space where we aren’t caught up in a thought or feeling, aren’t reacting to it, but are able to discern it, name it, and move on.  Second, noting provides a kind of instant feed back system:  We can see whether we’re labeling our experiences with open-hearted acceptance (yep, that is what’s happening right now) or with fretfulness and resentment (oh no!  not envy again.  Try to make the note a warm, open acknowledgment.”

Want to read more of this brilliant little book that is set up for a 28-day mediation challenge?  Click on the Real Happiness link above or click here for the amazon.com link to the book.


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“With your loss comes  a sense of being out of harmony with your world;

the landscape of your life has been permanently altered.

The profound distress that accompanies grief has the potential to show us

the futility of our pleasures, and the misery of our pain.”

~~  Sameet Kumar, Grieving Mindfully

This is why this book is one in my top three books on grief.  Interested, here is a link to Sameet’s book.


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Wonderful Teacher

Don’t forget your practice.  Don’t forget to start.

Give yourself and the world a great gift as we begin 2012. . . give the gift of mindful participation in life.

Here is Rinpoche’s message.

Peace on your meditation cushion and good will as  you invite the bell to ring.

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These are the kinds of healing stories that I love to read or hear. There is sadness in the holidays but there is also great love to share with the world.
I would love to hear any of your stories about someone who has touched your life like Alex’s mom did.

The Existential Addict

My mother had magical hands. She mastered the art of making something out of nothing, of making everything extraordinary – especially food. When we would try to duplicate one of her recipes, it would never quite come out right. She would laugh and say, “It’s all in the hands.” She was an amazing woman – not perfect, just a person who did the best she could. Loved me the best that she could.

It’s been almost 22 years since she died, unexpectedly, on a normal January day. The day she died, I grew up – almost instantly. I had to, for the sake of my grandmother who was burying her only child. My grandmother, the last of my natural family, who would last a little more than a year after my mother’s death.

I miss them. Each gave me something different. From my mother, I learned about love – reckless…

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Reprise #539

What a wonderful statement. Enjoy the beauty of the teaching and the photo of the winter woods.

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"Aum Namah Shivaya" in devanagari script

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I have several of Krishna Das‘ cds and this is one of my favorite of his chants. . . OM Namah Shivaya.

I am by no means musically inclined and don’t sing around other people but I find myself filled with great joy when I listen to this track.  For me, it is uplifting and a celebration of life.

So if you need a pick me up or want to celebrate the coming of the new year, this might be the track to start or end your meditation with.

Here is what one website says about this chant:

Shiva: Om Namah Shivaya

This mantra has no approximate translation. The sounds related directly to the principles which govern each of the first six chakras on the spine…Earth, water, fire, air, ether. Notice that this does not refer to the chakras themselves which have a different set of seed sounds, but rather the principles which govern those chakras in their place. A very rough, non-literal translation could be something like, ‘Om and salutations to that which I am capable of becoming.’ This mantra will start one out on the path of subtle development of spiritual attainments. It is the beginning on the path of Siddha Yoga, or the Yoga of Perfection of the Divine Vehicle.

Om and salutations to that which I am capable of becoming  — what could be more self-affirming as we move into this new year.

May you be at peace.

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