Archive for June 1st, 2012

We are in a “sick” time of wanting to medicate instead of heal. I realize from some work experiences that it seems easier to medicate than to get to know someone, enter into their world, touch their pain and help them touch it, and offer compassion. As long as we have people who aren’t willing to roll up their sleeves and be present to those who are hurting (these very people who make a lot of money from BIG Pharma), we will continue to be overdignosed and overmedicated.

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Great info shared here!

The Confluence Countdown

We’ve stumbled across another study on yoga’s benefits, this time one that suggest yoga can help older veterans who are recovering from strokes.

A release about the Indiana University study is right here. Its findings were presented on Wednesday.

You won’t be surprised that the eight-week intro to yoga helped veterans with their balance, flexibility and the strength of their gait. But, as we’ve said before, it takes proving what often seems obvious to move things forward.

Here’s more from the release:

Arlene Schmid, rehabilitation research scientist at the Roudebush VA Medical Center and principle investigator of the VA-funded study, said loss of functional strength, flexibility and endurance is common after a stroke, which can lead to long-term disability. She said 5 million Americans are living with the consequences of stroke, which can alter patients’ lifestyles through decreased independence in activities of daily living, limited mobility and reduced participation…

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This is simply lovely, moving, and peace-filled. . .

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Quantum Love

Couldn’t help but reblog this today. True words on mindful, healing love!

Sarah Silver

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

From “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran

Lovers Lake

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Beautifully honest blog post. Was very touched by this today. . . maybe because I have been focusing a lot myself on living soft and kind hearted in a situation that feels unsafe for even a closed off heart. I admire the honest, courage, and hard work shown here. What a loving experience!


Recently I have had the rare opportunity to soften my heart, and strip away the barriers I have put up around it.  Thanks to my wonderful partner.

Entering into a new relationship has been a time of untold blessings.

I have never before felt so connected with, and in love with, someone.

I have told him things that I have never shared with anyone else.  I have let him see the “real me”.  And I have laid my heart bare.

Which has left me feeling very vulnerable and exposed.

Something that I am not familiar with.

Over the 10 years of my marriage (and subsequent marriage breakdown), I put up a lot of barriers to protect myself.  I tried to block the intense pain and suffering I was experiencing.  I dissociated, just to get through each day.

Those barriers made me feel stronger, and like I could cope.

When my marriage…

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New to Meditation? Was glad to see this today. I’ve just picked up a book by a student of Chogyam Trungpa, an instructor from Naropa University, and am really enjoying her adaption of Trungpa’s thought to psychological processes and healing. Check out Irini Rockwell’s The Five wisdom Energies and then Natural Brilliance.
It had been a while since I read the first and when I picked up Natural Brilliance this weekend, I realized I wanted to go back over her first book…. so do yourself a favor, if you are interested, read them in order. Natural Brilliance really expands upon the foundation of The Five Wisdom Energies.

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Good post today on letting go, forgiveness, not carrying “stuff”, being liberated and knowing we have choices in our life to make it the life we want to live. Kudos.

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Seated Buddha Amitabha statue, west side of Bo...

Seated Buddha Amitabha statue, west side of Borobudur, ca. 1863-1866. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“How can we learn to surrender the ego self?” I asked.

“In this particular tradition of Shin Buddhism, it is taught that I can never surrender myself.  Resistance comes from the deepest center of my karmic self.  That’s why the Buddha Amida‘s compassion says, ‘Tai, you don’t have to surrender.’ When I hear that, I understand that I can’t do it because it’s not in my nature to surrender; that’s like asking me to fly to the sky.  Then, naturally and spontaneously, the surrender takes place.  As long as I think I can do it, it’s not going to happen.

In Shin, in the Pure Land tradition,” Unno told me, “it comes down to listening to the teaching.  There is no meditative practice as such.  Listening is becoming awakened.  I have my view of things and Buddhism presents its views.  Gradually, my views are displaced by the views that Buddhism has cultivated for 2,500 years.”

~~ Tracy Cochran & Jeff Zaleski in Transformations:  Awakening to the Sacred in Ourselves.

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