Interconnectedness Means Fight

Original post written & contributed by B. Loewe When I was fifteen years old I was in my ninth year of Catholic school. I had internalized Catholic social teaching based upon “treat others as you would like to be treated” as well as my parents’ lessons that taught me to share with others. However, as […]

Refueling Compassion After Burnout

This starts, like many of my stories do, with a very young me reading comic books. When I was about eight, I was reading a Superman comic, one in which Superman was explaining to Lois Lane that he is very selective about using some of his powers, such as super hearing and x-ray vision. If […]

What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other

A couple of weeks ago a colleague and I were walking along the crowded waterfront in San Francisco, and coming toward us was a trio of young African-American men who were joking and playing. When we passed I greeted them, and just as the last of them walked by I heard him say, “Thanks for […]

Sit Every Day

If one of your resolutions for the new year is to start meditating, check out this article in Shambhala Sun. It doesn’t tell you how to get past all your obstacles (necessarily), but does give many good reasons why people don’t meditate and why they should.  Despite all those resolutions, post retreat, New Year’s, and […]

innerPRACTICE 2012 Resources

This time of year always seems to call for us to close out what is old and prepare for what is new. Depending on who you are, how you be, and the particular context of the moment, there are myriad ways to move through this kind of transition. Here are some resources that can help […]

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Namu Kie Butsu | Sewing as Practice

Namu kie butsu. That was the chant that I said over and over (and over) again, as I sewed the wagesa. Last month, I volunteered to sew for incarcerated members of the Buddhadharma Sangha at San Quentin State Prison. These individuals wished to declare their intentions as formal Practitioners of the Dharma, and this month (Insha’allah), […]

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Voting as Practice

I recently had the experience of volunteering at both the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, FL and at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, NC. My role was to teach those in attendance, that were interested in learning, meditation and yoga. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that […]

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Mindful Speech & Elocution in Buddhist Tradition.

The intention behind what you say gets communicated as much as the words that you say. In this short piece, Waylon Lewis reminds us of 6 simple rules that make up Mindful Speech. 1. Speak Slowly 2. Enunciate Clearly 3. Listen to yourself. 4. Listen to Others 5. Regard Silence as a Part of Speech […]

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Freedom | Excerpt from Even My Voice Is Silence

While I was in Palestine from 2004-2005, the subject of freedom was persistently on my mind. I’ve spent my life with an awareness of prison, of the possibility of being imprisoned. With a sort of consciousness that I must somehow be prepared to be imprisoned, and that I must be prepared, somehow, to be mentally […]

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Tolerating Vulnerability & Visibility

Sometimes, I get really mad at personal development and heightened self-awareness. I think as a deep practitioner, you aren’t really supposed to say that, but I sometimes do.  Mostly because it feels so excruciating to really see myself. Often, it feels even more excruciating to allow myself to be seen by others. I’m not talking […]

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Into the Light of the Dark, Black Night

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise.   Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these sunken eyes and learn to see All your life You were only waiting for this moment to be […]

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Things to Remember Before the Journey

How are you managing on this journey called life? These pieces of wisdom are reminders on how to let go, move forward, and reach the next milestone while being content with how things are right now.  It begins when you begin. There is no such thing as too late. There is no such thing as […]

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