Turning Poison Into Medicine


“Compassion is based on some kind of “soft spot” in us. It is as if we had a pimple on our body that was very sore – so sore that we do not want to rub it or scratch it. The sore spot on our body is an analogy for compassion. Why? Because even in the midst of immense aggression, insensitivity to our life, or laziness, we always have a soft spot, some point we can cultivate – or at least not bruise. Every human has that basic sore spot, including animals. Whether we are crazy, dull, aggressive, ego-tripping, whatever we might be there is still that sore spot taking place in us…We are not covered completely with a suit of armor all the time. We have a sore spot somewhere, some open wound somewhere. Such a relief! Thank earth!” ~ Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

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Six Things I Learned On Retreat

“The capacity to be alone is the capacity to love. It may look paradoxical to you, but it is not. It is existential truth: only those people who are capable of being alone are capable of love, of sharing, of going into the deepest core of the other person – without possessing the other, without becoming dependent on the other, without reducing the other to a thing, and without becoming addicted to the other. They allow the other absolute freedom, because they know that if the other leaves, they will be as happy as they are now. Their happiness cannot be taken by the other, because it is not given by the other.” ~ OSHO, Being In Love

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Dear Mom

Dear Mom

You asked me to list ten things I loved about my childhood. I didn't forget. I was just touched by the question for many reasons none of which happened to be the answer to the question. Motherhood (so I hear) is a challenge in addition to being awesome and fulfilling and all that jazz. But I hear that it's also very very hard, kind of like elective surgery but without morphine. You didn't HAVE to do it. Decades of thankless work and sleepless nights in the hope that your kid stays out of trouble, makes good work and doesn't blame you for every damn thing that goes wrong. As we know, sometimes things happen that we don't expect. This is called LIFE.

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The Great Spring Purge

Spring Purge

Spring arrived early. I don’t remember much hoopla about Groundhog Phil and his shadow, but I could tell by the daffodils that had sprouted in my garden and the songbird’s tune at the kitchen window. Studying Ayurveda offered me many things in personal health and healing but the one I least expected was that it awakened a living discourse with nature. I now view the seasons in a whole new light. Beyond just a transition in weather, these original markers of time carry with them the teachings of birth, life, death, and the essence of happiness itself, if you happen to be looking for it.

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Negative Nancy

What spreads faster than a virus, is just as deadly and will make you totally sick and defeated? Negativity. Watch out because YOU just might catch the dreaded disease without even knowing it and while its festering deep within you instead of staying home trying desperately not to contaminate the rest of the world with the plague, you ride public transport, go to work, meet up for happy hour and spread the illness to everyone you meet until you've become Negative Nancy with an entourage of Debbie Downers and Pessimistic Pete's. And now you've got a group of very sick people with grey faces and frumpy clothing all saying, but morale is LOW. And nothing is working. And everything is just bad bad bad.

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