Dharma Reflection #3

Up close and personal, not sure where to go… Life goes by so fast I can barely keep up. I have dedicated much of my life’s energy to the work of being present for what is, yet I still find myself constantly looking forwards and backwards much of the time. I do believe that there is some benefit in engaging this part of my mind. I have found ongoing therapeutic value by a willingness to have a continued conversation with my past, alone and with others. By default, I find that this endeavor informs my present, and consequently, can cast of light of optimism on what lies ahead. This retrospective awareness appears to be a highly undervalued, or perhaps unmentioned practice in the current landscapes of Mindfulness practices and its…
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Dharma Reflection #2

Dharma Reflection #2

  Good morning, afternoon or evening...Here is what is on my mind. Nobody gets through life without a few bumps and bruises. As we take birth into this world it immediately goes to work on us. We are subject-to, and have no agency over the pleasures and pains that await us. If they come fast, as they often do, we find that they can continue to haunt us as we age and move thru this world. Things don’t always go our way and we don’t always get what we want. We lose the people that are closest to us, we lose jobs, money, relationships, communities, possessions, and in the end…we lose it all. We find that we encounter a magnificent array of experiences that we would rather avoid. We are…
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Dharma Reflection #1

Dharma Reflection #1

Good morning friends....  Today I finally got around to finishing cleaning out the office in our new home, putting up book shelves and making a new space for writing, learning, and reflecting. Amidst a pile of stuff stacked in the corner were some boxes with the words “Dave’s Dharma books” scribbled on the outside of the dusty cardboard with a faded black Sharpy. It felt like Christmas morning, being able to tear open boxes of the treasures I have been collecting for so many years now. Although somewhat familiar with these books, something new began to emerge in my mind, a sense of excitement, creativity, and a renewed sense of learning and exploring how the Dharma and I have been in a long-standing conversation about what it means to be…
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