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The iPod Method for Spiritual Enlightenment

Many of us seek some form of enlightenment, a release from the mind, so that there can remain a simple capacity to just “be.” So off we run to workshops, travel to ashrams in India, chant on mountaintops in Tibet, sit on our meditation cushions, go to church, read spiritual texts, and even fall to […]

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Walking the Edge of Reality

I woke this morning at 5:47am. After being up after my Tuesday night poker game until midnight, that was a little early for me to be getting up. As I started my day, I noticed that I was feeling unsettled, like a low-level anxiety buzz in my system. There isn’t anything specific that has me […]

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The Spirituality of Flipping Someone Off

So there I was, driving home along Hwy 20 which winds determinedly through the hills which protect the coast, when a car pulled up very close to my rear bumper. I was on my way back from the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center where I had spent several days on retreat with a group of about […]

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Getting the Mind Out of the Way of Sensing

I noticed something interesting today, about the mind and it’s effect on the eyes, on our capacity to see and be present with what we see. As I lay outside at my father’s place here in Thailand today, I noticed a tree which was the predominant object within my field of vision. I realized, however, […]

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spiritual roadblocks to s(h)itting

For the past couple of days, I’ve been paying close attention to why it’s hard to get to my cushion and actually meditate in the mornings. Something is happening internally which is getting in the way and I’m not really sure what it is, so I’m trying hard to pay attention and understand. Yesterday I […]