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The 4 Stages of Consciousness Jan 04, 2017

Your mind basically runs everything.

Our minds are what drive how we feel about things.  They control how we make meaning.  They either allow us to focus or not.  And oddly, we don't get an instruction manual on how to run these minds of ours.

So what do we do?

We need to...

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Big Things From Little Changes or How to Have a True "Identity Shift" May 15, 2007

Why is it so hard to make big changes in our lives? We all seem to want things to be different than they are. We'd like to lose weight, make more money, be more organized, eat better. In this talk I point out a couple of ways to help bring lasting change.

One of the ideas many people hold is that...

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Do You Have A Practice Apr 29, 2007

This talk is meant to suggest the importance of a regular meditation practice. The pull of the world, and the normal distractions and natural egoic self builders don't remind us that we need to see that there is more than thought. There is experience. We can exist without our minds running all...

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We May Need To Kill Faith Dec 22, 2006

How can we make faith make sense? So many of us are lost in rational minds. Rational minds that are right in the external sense of "right", but they lack the inner connection to being. Faith is something that often sounds too "religious". But faith may end up being important, but maybe we need to...

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Dive In or Drop It Dec 14, 2006

This post is inspired by the question: In meditation, do we dive into frustration when it arises or do we drop it? I use this question to do an overview of meditation, and then answer at the end.

Meditation is really about state management. We are trying to foster a better state of mind. To...

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The Pleasure Pain Treadmill Sep 13, 2006

Basic ideas:

  • Seeing that good and bad, or pleasure and pain are in all things.
  • We can use pain to promote change.
  • Ultimately, we can get off the treadmill of pain and pleasure.

Our desire to avoid pain and experience pleasure tends to push us around if we are not paying attention. When we use...

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Bring It Back To The Breath Aug 22, 2006

 Today I spend a few moments fostering presence with you. I open with a couple of conscious breaths, then onto examples of, and reasons for, bringing your focus back to your breath. I end mentioning that in regard to any learning, we deeply need to apply what we learn. Learning alone isn't...

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How to Stop Worrying Apr 17, 2006

Worry has become an epidemic.  We seem to almost always have a background sense of worry.  Worry means to feel uneasy or concerned about something; to be troubled; to cause to feel anxious, or distressed.

All worry is the same thing and we need to learn what it really is: An irrational...

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The Beauty of an Itch Feb 20, 2006

In this post we widened the definition of an itch to include not only physical itches, but also emotional and mental bothers as well.

How can an itch be beautiful? Diving into the feeling without judgment allows us to experience itches in a different way. Energy then actually becomes...

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The Ending of Problems Dec 19, 2005

We all have problems in our lives. But what happens when they are gone?  When you stop looking for answers to your life's questions, the only thing left is peace.

The ending of problems not only means freedom but also an opportunity for us to take control over our lives again so that we can...

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