Archive for February 13th, 2012

Rodney is a great Dharma teacher. . . here is a little taste…

One Dharma Nashville

This week’s reading is by Rodney Smith, on “Meditation and Dealing with Difficult Emotions.” The full text is available here.  The introductory paragraph follows:

Many of us remain ambiguous and unsettled with our emotions. We simply do not trust them. We believe we have to maintain tension and restraint for fear the emotions will get out of hand and drive us toward destructive behavior. Emotions seem to say something personal about us. To be angry means, “I am an angry person;” when despair arises, “I’m sliding back to my earlier days of depression.” We have a strong tendency to project and deny emotions, to ward off the personal implications, and to keep them safely “out there” rather than “in here.” We do this by pointing fingers and blaming, “You make me angry.” This logic implies the problem would correct itself by getting rid of you (dismissal, murder, war) rather than taking responsibility and working…

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Namaste 02/14 by Jennifer R Stevens MA CT | Blog Talk Radio.

Come join us at 5pm CT as we take our first callers.

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Someone on facebook posted this last night and I was thrilled since I just bought a macbook air this week. Enjoy inviting the bell. . .on a mac or pc. Google mindfulness clock and you can find one for your pc too!

Metta Refuge

Here are two excellent and free software programs for timing your meditation periods. (Sorry but since I use an Apple computer, these programs are “Mac only.”  I’m sure there must be fine meditation software for the PC as well.)


Although Dejal’s Time Out is general purpose program designed to help you take work breaks throughout the day, it’s also an excellent meditation/mindfulness aid. It’s endlessly customizable. Here’s a brief description from Time Out’s web site:

Time Out has two kinds of breaks: a “Normal” break, typically for 10 minutes after 50 minutes of work, so you can move about and relax, plus a “Micro” break: a very brief pause of typically 10 seconds every 10 minutes, so you can remember not to tense up too much for long periods.

You can configure how long each kind of break lasts, and how long between breaks, or disable each kind…

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Michael’s Words

Why is it that a dying man

can say I love you and we

cannot even think of those words every day?


How can we feel this very emotion

when we so numbed to everything?


I hear Michael’s words over

and over again like

the songs of angels.


May his words keep me

situated in faith when I am

no longer up

to the struggle to believe.


Why can a dying man show

his love when society

turns its back on each individual,

turns its back on this very man

because of who he has loved?


Why does it take death

to feel and to speak

one’s own truth

with one’s very last breath?


I can hear Michael’s words. . . .

August 26, 1995

For Michael, a volunteer I was honored to meet in the year before his death.

By the time I met Michael, his illness had caused him to be blind.  I added the photo of the chime necklace here because he loved a chime necklace I wore when I went to see him.  He died after I went away to graduate school.  His partner called to let me know and to tell me that Michael wanted me to know that he loved me and that he had my chime necklace close to him when he died.

I honor these two wonderful men and the gifts they shared with me.

Namaste, Jennifer

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