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“May all beings be free from suffering, may all beings quietly between breaths follow the path across the horizon.  The out-breath brings dreams that has no beginning and no end drifts through the song that precedes our birth and dispels the illusion that we are or are not who we think we are”.

Ondrea Levine, “The Healing I Took Birth Ford:  Practicing the Art of Compassion.

Stephen and Andrea Levine are two of my favorite meditation teachers and writers.  Their work is so profound and intimate.

Suffering takes different forms for different people but it always the same; that which takes us out of the moment and into our heads. . . obsessing, grasping, hurting, hating, clinging, perseverating, wanting, etc.  It is the stories we tell ourselves. . . you know them….

“I’ll be happy when. . . ”

“I start a yoga class while. . . ”

It’s also ego-clinging and not being able to let go of our beliefs and ways.

Do you know what causes your suffering?  Do you know that there is a way to end suffering?

Come back for my articles on the Eight-fold Noble Path.

May we share the merit of all of our good intentions and actions with those whose suffering is never-ending.

In health and compassion,



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Here is a visualization from http://www.mindbodygreen.com.


I don’t use a lot of visualizations other than Yoga Nidra but for some, using more senses in their meditation and stress reduction can help one go deeper into their practices.

Check it out and leave us a post so we know if it is helpful.

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Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong and Kenley

Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong and Kenley (Photo credit: kenleyneufeld)

Here is a clip of a song which is often sung in Thich Nhat Hanh‘s tradition.

“Happiness is here and now,

I have dropped my worries,

Nowhere to go,

Nothing to do,

No longer in a hurry

Happiness is here and now,

I have dropped my worries,

Somewhere to go,

Something to do,

But I don’t need to hurry.”

And here is a PDF of some of their other songs

Today I had some dental work done and I can honestly say that I have more angst about going to the dentist than my own death.  At least with death, there is probably an end of suffering.  At the dentist, it certainly doesn’t feel like it.

I know I am not the only one who has this problem.  Google dentist and dukkha and you’ll see what I mean.

I try to bring my iPod and listen to Thich Nhat Hanh while I am there.  I find him comforting, especially when he is chanting in Vietnamese.  It soothes my “soul”.

What I was listening to was the audio version of Living Without Stress and Fear.

I didn’t plan to listen to that but I used the search function, typed in Thich Nhat Hanh and it was the first audio that came up.

Between my angst, the drill, stopping for Xrays, etc, I could actually hear bits and pieces of the talk.

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Tibetian bronze singing bowl. Русский: Тибетск...

Here is an awesome clip to chill our to, to get mindful with, to wake up, well, to just be…

Enjoy the sound of these Tibetan Singing Bowls during your down time, meditation time, or any time.

Listen, Listen… to the present moment… 40 minutes of incredible bowls being invited!


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Singing Bowl and Cushion

Singing Bowl and Cushion (Photo credit: teamaskins)

Here is an awesome 40+ minute clip of some Tibetan singing bowls.

I’ve been listening to them all week.

Please forgive me if I put them in more than one post…. I’m so excited to have found this.

It is pure joy to listen to!


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Here is a MP3 that I recently downloaded on Itunes… a little different than the chanting from Plum Village or from Lama Surya Das but am enjoying it nonetheless.

Here is C.C. White:


And here she is with Dave Stringer


Here is CC’s website… http://www.soulkirtan.com/

So, enjoy!


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Upaya's Zendo Green Tara

Here is a track from Lama Surya DasChants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart with Steven Halpren



I’ve been listening to this MP3 a lot this month.  Mostly listening to the Heart Sutra.

http://www.wildmind.org/mantras/figures/greentara — Click here for an explanation of the chant.

If you have a favorite chant that you use on the cushion, please leave a comment and share with us!

Much happiness and peace,


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Script for Progressive Muscle Relaxation

  1. After finding a quiet place and several free minutes to practice, sit or lie down and make yourself comfortable.
  2. Begin by tensing all the muscles in your face…close eyes tightly, clench teeth, Hold until the count of 8
  3. Now exhale and relax completely.  Let your face go completely lax, as though you were sleeping.  Feel the tension leave your facial muscles.
  4. Next completely tense your neck, shoulders, again inhaling, count to 8, exhale and relax.
  5. Continue down the body … chest, abdomen, entire right arm, right forearm (make a fist), right hand, entire left arm, left forearm (make a fist), left hand, buttocks, entire right leg, lower right leg & foot, right foot, entire left leg, lower left leg & foot, left foot
  6. For less time, shortened version – face, then neck, shoulders, arms, abdomen & chest, buttocks, legs and feet
  7. Quickly focus on each group after another, you can relax your body like “liquid relaxation” poured on your head and it flowed down and completely covered you.  You can use this technique to quickly de-stress anytime.

Nothing option instead of progressive muscle relaxation is yoga nidra which I have a post about on my other blog…  http://mindfullyhealthy.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/yoga-nidra/

You can find audios of Yoga Nidra on youtube, Itunes, etc.  Check it out.  It’s been a wonderful practice for me.  It is similar to something I used to do when I gave myself regular Reiki treatments and it brings you to a lovely place, shifting your consciousness and your brainwaves.  Check it out, practice, and let us know what you think.

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“Earth, water, fire, air, and space combine to make this food.

Numberless beings gave their lives and labors that we may eat.

May we be nourished that we may nourish life.”

~~Meal blessing from Upaya Zen Center

“This food is the gift of the whole universe:

the earth, they sky, numerous living beings, and much hard, loving work.

May we eat with mindfulness and gratitude

so as to be worthy to receive it.

May we recognize and transform our unwholesome mental formations,

especially our free, and learn to eat in moderation.

May we keep our compassion alive by eating in such a way that

we reduce the suffering of living beings,

preserve our planet, and reverse the process of global warming.

We accept this food so that we may nurture our

sisterhood and brotherhood, strengthen our community,

and nourish our ideal of serving all living beings.”

~~ Thich Nhat Hanh & Lilian Cheung, Savor:  Mindful Eating, Mindful life

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Green Tara mantra

Image via Wikipedia

I haven’t left an audio link in awhile… there is always so much to say…

Here is a link to Lama Surya Das‘ chanting with Stephen Halpern.

Here is a link to the whole album on amazon.com.

I downloaded this from Itunes and have really been enjoying it.

Take a listen.

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