Internal Challenges: What is Really Happening?

Internal Challenges: What is Really Happening?

Most of the inquiries I get are about energetic problems people are having.  Sometimes it shows up as headaches or anxiousness or energetic sensitivity or breathing problems.  Or it can present as stomach issues, shaking, abrupt temperature changes in the body,  insomnia, or a deep need to discover the meaning of life.

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Second Breath, Breath of Life: Craniosacral Therapy Meets Zen

Second Breath, Breath of Life: Craniosacral Therapy Meets Zen

With my clients these days, through hands on work, sharing this second breath with them is the same as working with the breath of life. There are techniques involved, of course, but this is the foundation.  If we can become more present in our own skins, in a very basic, very real way, we can begin to get a sense of being guided internally how to heal. But most of the time it is locked up in areas of our body that we are not ready to look at.  So it takes help from someone like me who is familiar with this fluidity.  What is locked up might show up as sciatica or bad posture or knee pain or headaches or a sense of meaninglessness. But this is what my craniosacral sessions are like these days, with client and practitioner, like two flashlights shining in the dark, something hidden begins to move.  The practitioner can act as a tuning fork, and the client begins to find harmony.

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Simple Tips: Finding Joy in Daily Practice

Simple Tips: Finding Joy in Daily Practice

There is no formula for internal work, but it must be continually creatively investigated.  I hope everyone finds a way to fall in love with their own unique process, until it has real momentum, and begins to feed their entire life.  I hope they begin to shine for no reason, finding freedom through this exploration, and deeply transform.  My intention when working with my clients has always been, and continually is, about helping people in this process.

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Standing the in the Dark, Giggling

Standing the in the Dark, Giggling

But when we find our entryway into the present moment, it is so strange.  It is the opposite everything we’ve ever done.  It’s like we’ve never really touched the ground and we finally do.  And it supports us and melts through us like warm honey.  It’s like all of our cells synchronize.  And we see how huge it is, this present moment.  Bigger than anything we could have ever imagined.  No thoughts can touch it.  Our questions vanish.  No ideas can describe it.  Millions and millions of miles high, autumn blue sky! 

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Spiritual Pirates

Spiritual Pirates

There seems to be a feeling among some practitioners who have never lived in a monastery or zen center, that it is some kind of cloistered, strange place, where socially awkward people go to be alone and get away from society.  That society is one thing and the temple is separate.  I thought this as well before I met a couple of folks who had lived in the Monastery I lived in in Japan.

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Intuition is Becoming What is Happening

Intuition is Becoming What is Happening

When we learn to become what is happening, right now, instead of reality being something over there, and us trying to interpret it from a distance, we feel reality as our consciousness.  So, we see the flower, we become the flower, and we feel that the flower is ourselves.  Or we are walking along the shore, and we hear an eagle cry, and the cry is not far away, but is inside of our bodies.

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Engaging with Our Own Process: Finding Our True Home

Engaging with Our Own Process: Finding Our True Home

Each of us has our own personal unique way of practicing and engaging in our internal process.  We all have our own style of discovering our entryway into truly experiencing reality.  In this blog post I am attempting to shed light and give permission to anyone feeling a bit lost in his/her internal world.  It is for the overly busy mom who can’t seem to slow down.  Or the young person full of energy in the middle of a volatile energetic transformation.  Or the dad trying to figure out how to begin a much needed meditation practice. To empower all of us to keep deeply investigating.  And to find a true joy in oneness.

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Everything is Relating

Everything is Relating

What does it mean to relate?  When we are with someone, what is actually going on?  How can we really connect?  What does this look like, feel?  Why is it that we feel good with some people and bad with others?  Why do we feel awful in certain situations?  Other times we feel liberated?  What is true intimacy?  Not necessarily sexual intimacy, but to be truly close with someone or some thing, on a cellular level? To find a language, to thread the needle, to read the grid, to truly connect?  And how can we live this way all the time and make it our own?  In our own creative constant discovery?

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Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

So, just simply, does this traffic jam of electricity and emotion have a direction it is trying to go?  If we take a look at it, is it trying to do something that we are missing?  Maybe it is so intense or so unconscious for us that we can’t even let go of it enough to see what it is trying to do.  But if we can get really curious about it, with all of its power and confusion, if we can try to honestly face what is happening, we might find that if we take our foot off of the accelerator a bit trying to get rid of it, it might begin to reveal a way to sort itself out.  It might have a direction.

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Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

I pray that all of the Zen folks will find a beautiful way to express themselves as they integrate their Zen artless art into everyday life.  Bob Dylan learned from those old master folk singers, and then he took it and created something beautiful and relevant for his generation and today.  Let us use this beautiful practice to find our expression, marrying the grit of the West with the sublime essence of Zen.  And we’ll create a new culture to heal and save all beings.

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