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Am I too Hard on Myself? An edited Zoom talk to given to MTTC. 22.11.2021

A transcribed, edited and adapted Zoom talk to Mindfulness Teacher Training Course. 50 mins. 22.11.2021. I invited a suggestion for the theme for the talk for the MTTC. One of the trainee teachers, Nshorna, said she felt this topic would generate interest for the participants.

Am I too hard on myself? Practice and the exploration of experience includes vigilance of the frequency of use of this single word I. The I does not emerge out of the being unaccompanied. That means the I requires a variety of conditions for it to arise. Continue reading 



Ten Songs out of this World. Including insightful lyrics.

I felt mentally tired on the train from London Paddington to Totnes after full-on teachings/travel in Germany for 18 days. Out of the daypack, I dug out my mobile phone, earphones and played around 10 rock songs listening to insightful lyrics, on Spotify. Continue reading 



GUIDELINES FOR SMALL GROUPS

Sometimes small groups get involved in theoretical views on a specific issue. Some people in the group might find the discussion heady, argumentative and unproductive. It is worthwhile to keep to first-hand experience and understanding. This avoids getting caught up in abstractions, generalisations or multiple views. Continue reading 



Three Poems. The Vow Upon the Rock. The Power of Eros. Who will You Listen to?

THE VOW UPON THE ROCK

You move your love beyond your normal reach,

and hug your life into an austere fast,

renounce what forms so old that others preach,

to take upon this challenge. Act at last!

Where you face daily the trials anew,

and devotion knows those torments to repair, Continue reading 



An Inquiry. Why a Yoga Teacher Resists Saying “May All Beings Be Free” at the end of a Yoga Session

A retreatant participates in an Inquiry. She or he sits besides myself in the front of the Dharma hall. A retreatant can speak about any issue that she or he wishes. The participant or myself can say ‘thank you’ to bring the Inquiry to a close at any time. The Inquiry offers mindful/meditative listening for all of us. This Inquiry took place on the retreat in the Thai Monastery in Sarnath, India in February 2020. A few spots of editing to make clear when reading. Different initials used for person.
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