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October 13, 2021
Exploring Awareness and the Way It Leads Towards the Good
This is an edited version of the Zoom talk I gave for the Wednesday Night Sitting Group on October 13, 2021 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada          How was your day? Anyone on an emotional roller coaster today? Well, if that’s the case I want to assure you that it doesn’t really matter in the bigger picture. All that matters was how conscious you were of your experience as it was unfolding and hopefully not giving yourself a hard time about it. One of my fa...

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September 15, 2021
What Drives Our Actions?
This is an edited version of the Zoom talk I gave for the Wednesday Night Sitting Group on September 15, 2021 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada           I’d like to explore a question for us to reflect upon: What drives our actions, our choices? What motivates us into action?   Since the pandemic began, the shape of my daily life activities have changed drastically. For many years, my life revolved around traveling to teach at retreat centers in the US and int...

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August 25, 2021
Paradox of Equanimity
This is an edited version of the Zoom talk I gave for the Wednesday Night Sitting Group on August 25, 2021 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada            This time in our world continues to be so unpredictable. Recently, after a year of being nearly COVID free, New Zealand had a new outbreak that prompted the government to lock down the whole country. Their vaccine rollout has been slow. Only 26% of the population is double vaccinated at the time of this writing. What ...

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July 13, 2017
Cultivating a Courageous Heart
Written for Spirit Rock Newsletter July 2017             Sometimes it is helpful to inquire into whether we are drawn to spiritual practices in order to simply feel good. It's true that when we practice meditation we can experience many moments that are peaceful, even liberating. However, we also see that these moments do not last. Life throws us many curveballs and often we aren't ready for them. Rather than meditative practices being a quick fix, I see th...

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December 14, 2012
Waking up from the Dream
Recently I gave a presentation at James Baraz’ Awakening Joy course where I was invited to share my thoughts on happiness and what brings about greater happiness. As I sat with this question beforehand, a koan (a spiritual question or statement that provokes “great doubt” about things) kept floating in my mind – “Things are not as they appear, nor are they otherwise.” This is a statement by a great wisdom master that I love and often ponder upon. I decided to...

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