Month: April 2016

Pema Chodron

Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

In this 7-minute clip Pema Chödrön offers a convincing case for being a little more daring in our daily lives. What happens when we begin to step out of our comfort zone? We begin to get comfortable with uncertainty and our whole experience becomes more inhabitable. This excerpt comes from Pema Chödrön’s excellent upcoming online course called “The Heart of the Matter” published by our friends at Shambhala Publications. You can learn more and register for that course, which begins on June 7, 2016, and watch a personal invite from Pema by clicking here.

A Contemplative Meditation on Interconnectedness

Is it true that we are interconnected? And if it is, what are the implications? Based on your conditioning, and what books, talks, and ideas you’ve encountered, you may have ready-made answers to these questions. And so, a further question: On what level do you know these truths — today, right now? It’s one thing to hold a view on the level of intellect, or concept. And it’s another to experience something like interconnectedness as a living reality. In this video, from last year’s Wisdom Rising conference, Janet Solyntjes guides us in a contemplative meditation on interconnectedness. Taking the time to hold a concept in our heart-mind, allowing it to open into a personal experience — a personal knowing — is how we evolve spiritually. We hope you find this to be of benefit. Click here to learn more about the 2nd Annual Wisdom Rising: An Exploration of the Divine Feminine in Buddhism — August 17-21 About the Authors Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and Adjunct Professor at Naropa University. A practitioner …

Tips for Entering Spring from Sara Avant Stover

By Sara Avant Stover ~~~ Be the rose that grows through a crack in the concrete Drip. Drip. Drip. Four thawing icicles hang like crystal stalagmites from the roof outside the window. Behind them, a squirrel scurries across a barren branch, leaving a quiver in its wake. It’s that strange, in-between place between winter’s freeze and spring’s thaw. All that’s alive and pulsing feels confused, trying to find it’s rhythm — including me. I place my hands on my belly, drawing my attention from the buzz in my head to the breath in my belly. My acupuncturist moves from head to feet and pulls off my wool socks. With the precision of both a painter and a surgeon, she aims her needle above the webbing between my left big and second toe. “Your liver and gall bladder need some support today,” she offers. Her voice blends into the drips and hush. “It’s that time of year,” she continues, “to take all the frustration and anger that has built up during the winter and to create …