"Whatever occurs — pain or pleasure, good or bad, justice or injustice—is part of the learning process. So there is nothing to blame; everything is the path, everything is dharma."

— Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche (via thecalminside)

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"Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit."

— Peter Ustinov (via itsquoted)

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Absolutely fantastic and culturally necessary read on our hidden biases, to which even the best-intentioned of us are susceptible.

Today I realized that I have given away all my books by Pema, so I took the opportunity to explore a new one. Pretty damn good.


Today I realized that I have given away all my books by Pema, so I took the opportunity to explore a new one. Pretty damn good.

"The universe is made up of experiences that are designed to burn out your attachment, your clinging, to pleasure, to pain, to fear, to all of it. And as long as there is a place where your vulnerable, the universe will find a way to confront you with it."

— Ram Dass (via thebigelectron)

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We are all familiar with the classic “sitting meditation”. However, we are not required to sit to meditate. In fact, playing a musical instrument, singing, dancing and even athletics provide meditative states. Beginning students are often too fixated with results, with form over substance. Meditation is simply discipline for the mind. Because it is associated with “religion”, i.e. Hinduism and Buddhism, we tend to attach an idea of other worldliness or even mysticism to the practice.

Well, put that idea out of your head. All you need to do to meditate is learn concentration. That is the discipline of focusing one’s thoughts in a narrow beam. When a surfer rides a big wave he cannot “think” in the traditional manner. Thinking involves taking oneself out of the now. Do that on fourteen foot wave and you are going to find yourself picking seashells out of your teeth. Likewise the when the cellist is in the middle of a Mozart concerto she does not think. If she thinks she will be just a fraction of a beat behind. Focus and mindfulness. Living entirely in the moment. This is meditation no matter where you do it.

Many new students have a difficult time quieting their minds in sitting meditation. Partly because today we have so much mental stimulation all the time. We are barraged with music, chatter, texts, phone calls and noise. The modern world is a very noisy place compared to the world of even a century ago. So, one way to get used to the experience of the meditative state is walking meditation. 

We walk keeping an even pace. We focus on our walking and quiet our mind. We immerse ourselves in the experience of walking always returning to this when our mind wanders. I caution you though you may find yourself five miles from home and wonder how in the world you got there.

☸ Sam ☸

"The period between four and six in the morning is called the Brahmamuhurta, the Brahmic time, or divine period, and is a very sacred time to meditate."

— Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras (via panatmansam)


Stop struggling. You are not a spawning salmon fighting it’s way upstream. Just for one day let it go, cease the striving and flow.

๑ Samsaran ๑

"The natural order of things includes us, and its laws are our laws. We are an endless moving stream in an endless moving stream."

Jisho Warner. Zen priest (via thatkindofwoman)

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"A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us."

Pema Chödrön (via purplebuddhaproject)

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