When I meditate, part of my settling-in phase is a quick body scan. I think this is supposed to help connect me with the present, but often it is a series of rabbit-holes. I'll sit down, do my few deep breaths, close my eyes, and scan the immediate environment to take note of what's going … Continue reading How to do a 30-second body scan in only ten minutes
I want to have compassion for people that does not depend on my understanding of anything of the "facts" about them. I want to have compassion regardless of their intentions, or anything else that can be judged as right/wrong, or good/bad. I want to have compassion even for people who have hurt me. Sometimes this … Continue reading Unconditional compassion for whom?
I hadn't told anyone I knew that I had been blogging because I was worried about what people might think.
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Sometimes when I'm saying something, my mouth will purse up like I don't want the words to come out. Like whatever it is, I don't really want to say it out loud.
Whenever somebody offers me tea and asks me what kind, I’ll generally ask for “something grassy.” Why? Well, besides that I hate the disappointment of so many of the fake-tasting fruity ones, and try to avoid the many additives in the designer teas, and steer clear of caffeine in the afternoon… The grassy ones bring … Continue reading Something grassy
I visited the killing fields in Cambodia, just outside Phnom Penh. It is so terrible that what happened there. There are no words. I think people should know about it but I don't have the words to tell it. A while ago, the area was excavated and they dug up all the bones they could … Continue reading Healing from betrayal
A few years ago in India, I took a photo of a little girl helping her mother pick cotton. When I saw the photo, it was so beautiful, so poignant. I saw myself in the girl and said "I was a version of this little girl, once."