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Message from Henry: Fielding and Finding

Another way of framing what we’re doing in practice: it is two-fold… First, “fielding” suffering, and welcoming, reducing, transforming it. Second, contacting, finding, encountering intrinsic well-being and allowing it to flourish, grow and show itself more and more clearly, deeply and widely. Message from Henry is from our December 9, 2019 Newsletter Image: Bubble by […]

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Mindful Consuming

Mindful, silent meals are a precious experience to be savored. The holidays for many are a time to celebrate food and family, and a chance to relax with our favorite pastimes. This presents an opportunity to call to mind the profound lessons we learn during our silent retreats, particularly during our silent meals. On the practical level, […]

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Message from Henry: A Mindful Approach to Stress

We learn to experience emotions in the body, and less in the stories we have about them… According to biology and neurology professor Robert Sapolsky (in his book Behave) one of the aspects of chronic stress is that it tends to be psychological. That’s to say, we are threatened not only by actual threats, but […]

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Message from Henry: Ordinary Ease

Ease will come. Awakening may not be something to really celebrate. It’s just losing some obstruction that was obscuring and distorting the view of reality. It’s merely a return to the ordinary. It’s just that this kind of ordinary is not so commonly recognized these days.  *** Sitting: at last, given time, with patience and an […]

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Mindful Encouragement

…peace comes in the pause, the quiet between breaths… Sometimes life gets messy. In seeking relief from suffering through the practice of mindfulness we may find ourselves wading through a morass of literature, inspirational websites, commercial enterprises, guided meditations and scholarly articles. It’s not supposed to make things harder. Discernment may seem like our best […]

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Message from Henry: Meditation

…it is so worth it Meditation is a challenging practice for sure. Sometimes it’s hard enough even to find a little peace. Harder still to get a glimpse of the great source of all peace. And even harder to stay with it, to not get tossed away. It’s so easy to get lost, to forget […]

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Message from Henry: The Real Thing

True awakening comes unbidden. It is at no one’s beck and call. Whatever state we can engineer, cultivate, construct or induce, no matter how clear or deep, is not actual awakening. It may be hugely beneficial, beneficent, and helpful or nourishing, but if it comes through our deliberate efforts in practice, it’s not likely to […]

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Nurturing a Sense of Awe

Awe causes us to turn off the small daily trivial thoughts… The “mindfulness” movement in the United States is exploding. Among the healthy practices promoted by the movement are states of gratitude, loving kindness and appreciation of the now. People are hungry for relief from the mounting stress of everyday life. A sense of awe also […]

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Message from Henry: Kaaaatsu!

Zen is life itself frustrating our urges to make systems. Zen is not a system. It is too wild to be one, like existence itself. It refuses to allow us to understand it through any filtering system. It really bucks the trend for algorithmic approaches to meditation that is growing in popularity these days. It […]

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