To find who we really are, to be balanced, we already know we have to start with Practice. But most of us believe that all of that practice is on the cushion. Well, to GET balanced, we have to BE balanced even-—especially in Practice. Check out this dharma talk that shows the value of an ancient teaching about practice on and off the cushion.
As the seasons change, we begin to transition from warmer to cooler weather, longer days to longer nights, and the high energy of summer to the dwindling energy of autumn.
This month’s posture, Gomukhasana, or Cow Face Posture, gives us an opportunity to explore balance—in our arms, legs, and hips. As we explore balance in our bodies, may we find more space for balance in our lives as we begin to slow down with Autumn.
Can an recently published psychology study about “resentment of do-gooders” reveal deeper insights into transformative change than even the study’s interpreters realize?….movements succeed on the question, “Are we coming from establishing the difference between you and me, or are we coming from just what is really naturally, soulfully authentic?”
Twenty people from around the country and participating in the Fall 27 Days of Change | Practice Period. During the 27 Days, formal participants commit to intensifying reflective and contemplative practice on three levels (inner, interpersonal, and global/social), which when brought together, form a holistic relationship to one’s life and creates the conditions for transformation.
Ryuko (Norma) Wong Roshi is an Institute of Zen Studies instructor. Her career has spanned service as a State legislator, public policy and planning, strategy, and native Hawaiian issues. She developed a technology called Forward Stance, a method of highlighting experiential learning as a vehicle for movement building.
September’s shiny imprint leaves splashes of vibrancy all over urban streets filled with rhythm and smoke from Labor Day barbecues and dance parties. We make room for transition as we move closer to the fall equinox. For many, this is an important time of reflection and action. There is the celebration of the Jewish New [...]