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Ten Day Dark Room Retreat Practicalities

Ten Day Dark Room Retreat Practicalities

As many of you know, back in May I entered into a 10 day and 11 night dark room retreat. I have another blog that shares more about the transformative and life changing experience of living in the dark for 10 days, but I want to start with this blog about the...

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Going Dark to Be the Light – Dark Room Retreat

Going Dark to Be the Light – Dark Room Retreat

10 Days in a Dark Room.   On May 20th, after a week in meditative retreat with one of my wisest teachers here in the states, I will be heading down to Guatemala and entering into a 10 day Dark Room Retreat. When I mention this to people, I often hear, "Excuse me,...

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Two Truths

Two Truths

These days there are really only 2 truths that guide me in navigating life. And in abiding these 2 core guiding principles, life is so much more graceful, beautiful and alive than I've ever known it before. 1) I am not this conditioned and habituated ego (mind...

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Eternal Presence is Our Authentic Nature.

My love is more authentic than my hate. My peace is more authentic than my anger. My compassion is more authentic than my judgement. My faith is more authentic than my fear. Hate is of the conditioned mind. Love is the natural state of being readily available when the...

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Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

Our Narratives Lead Us Away from Truth

I beg your indulgence to share a morning revelation... Our narratives lead us away from truth. I was presented this morning with various challenging story lines through a rapid series of received phone calls and emails. Disappointing circumstances. Surprising...

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Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Meditating Beyond Mind to Know True Self

Why do I meditate and how might meditation benefit you? The primary reason I meditate is because before my meditation practice I was mostly an uncertain and struggling childlike mess of a man lost in my own mind. A good a man? Yes. A kind and loving man? Yes. A smart...

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Struggle

I sometimes use the word "suffering" to describe the human condition that can result from being over identified with the ego-mind. I often speak about transcending the human suffering or being liberated from our suffering. For some that is too strong a word and they...

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Confidence

Developing self confidence with the aim of stabilizing our inner sense of peace, is a flawed strategy     A more powerful and enduring endeavor is to focus our attention on self realization - discovering the Truth of who we really are. A byproduct of knowing our true...

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