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Permanently Change Your Character

Permanently Change Your Character

“In the beginning nothing comes, in the middle nothing stays, in the end nothing goes.” ~ Jetsun Milarepa Over time, meditation/mindfulness and many other contemplative practices LITERALLY RE-WIRES THE BRAIN producing permanent changes to one’s psychology, emotional stability, character and overall ways of being. I know this from the neuroscience, the psychological science, the spiritual and mind-science literature of the East and I...

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3 Facts About Mindfulness

3 Facts About Mindfulness

“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” ~Sylvia Boorstein   What exactly is mindfulness and where did this simple psychological and spiritual practice get its start? Why is everyone doing it and why are so many doctors...

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A Contemplative Walk in the Throne Room of Mountain Gods

A Contemplative Walk in the Throne Room of Mountain Gods

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” (Alan Watts) “I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” (Alan Watts)     I live in Squamish BC, truly one of this planet’s wilderness and mountain paradises. I even get to live in the shadow of the Spirit Rock I climbed for 12 or more years,...

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A Night on “Spirit Rock” – The Stawamus Chief

A Night on “Spirit Rock” – The Stawamus Chief

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”  (John Muir) “One does not climb to attain enlightenment, rather one climbs because he is enlightened.” (Zen Master Futomaki) “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” (John Muir)   One of the assignments for a course in my graduate program in transpersonal psychology was to complete a...

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Zen (Mindfulness) on the Road

“The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” (Lao Tzu) “The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.” (Yasutani Roshi) Last Saturday I was on my way to Vernon to visit with family, take some photos and grab some sanity-maintenance time. Now that the mountains had fresh snow and the roads were still clear and dry, I started anticipating the drive over...

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