Metta in May | Month-Long Program

Metta in May | Month-Long Program

Join in through the month of May as we focus on the practice of Metta, also known as Loving-Kindness, through classes, short meditation recordings, mini-retreats and more. By exploring Metta (Loving-Kindness) and similar mantras, and mindfulness practices, you will make self-love a priority, cultivate gratitude, and focus on compassion. These practices will provide an opening of the heart, help to alleviate anxiety, depression, and similar symptoms, and nourish deeper connections with others, and enhance your overall well-being. See this page for more information as it is added during the month.

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Miss the Singing Bowl Workshop?

Miss the Singing Bowl Workshop?

The recording and materials are now available. Learn sound healing history, how to use a bowl in your practice, right techniques for playing, contraindications, the right bowl for you, and using your bowl for meditation, energy healing and accessing your Higher Self. Plus enjoy the sound baths!Enroll Here for Only $22 – https://loom.ly/3WKNGd4

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Train Without Bias in All Areas | Reflections

Train Without Bias in All Areas | Reflections

April 18th #48 – Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly. Pema: It is important to include everyone and everything that you meet as part of your practice. They become the means by which you cultivate compassion and wisdom. A day filled with many tasks, including the preoccupation of a mistake I made, provided me with the opportunity to meet myself with understanding and compassion. When busyness is involved, anxiousness and stress can snowball with self-imposed deadlines to meet. As for mistakes, these can take mental energy away from being present,...

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Don’t Talk About Injured Limbs | Reflections

Don’t Talk About Injured Limbs | Reflections

April 17th #25 – Don’t talk about injured limbs. Pema: Don’t try to build yourself up by talking about other people’s defects. When we have been bruised, without thinking, we discuss and complain how others have blemished us. We proceed to catalogue all of their shortcomings. We proceed to do this to get people in our corner, since feeling as the victim. It is a natural occurrence as a human who suffers. I, among many others here in the world, have done the same.   As I contemplated on this mind-training slogan today, I can see how it holds me back...

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Always Abide by the Three Basic Principles | Reflections

Always Abide by the Three Basic Principles | Reflections

April 16th #23 – Always abide by the three basic principles. Pema: The three basic principles are: Keeping the promises you made if you took refuge vows and bodhisattva vows. When we take the refuge vow, we vow to take refuge in the Buddha, as an example of how to open and let go, the dharma (Buddha’s teachings) as instructions on how to do this, and the sangha, the community of those who are also on this path. When we take the bodhisattva vow, we vow to awaken in order to help others to do the same. Refraining from outrageous...

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Drive All Blames Into One | Reflections

Drive All Blames Into One | Reflections

April 15th #12 – Drive all blames into one. Pema: This is advice on how to work with your fellow beings. Everyone is looking for someone to blame and therefore aggression and neurosis keep expanding. Instead, pause and look at what’s happening with you. When you hold on so tightly to your view of what they did, you get hooked. Your own self-righteousness causes you to get all worked up and to suffer. So work on cooling that reactivity rather than escalating it. This approach reduces suffering—yours and everyone else’s. I can say that my day did not really lead...

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Don’t Vacillate | Reflections

Don’t Vacillate | Reflections

April 14th #53 – Don’t vacillate Pema: If you train in awakening compassion only some of the time, it will slow down the process of giving birth to certainty. Wholeheartedly train in keeping your heart and mind open to everyone.  Note: I have decided to post these the next morning vs. the end of the day since I want to be compassionate to myself and enjoy resting in the evening.  This card precedes yesterday’s card. I chose to do them out of order as that is what Pema suggested which is to choose the card at random. Is it really...

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Train Wholeheartedly | Reflections

Train Wholeheartedly | Reflections

April 13th #54 Train wholeheartedly. Pema: Train enthusiastically in strengthening your natural capacity for compassion and loving-kindness. My husband and I were away for several days. I decided that I would forgo my practice of the compassion cards knowing that the four days would be busy and it might not be feasible to write about each day. This was a lesson in compassion and loving-kindness because the ego implied that I was not doing my duty to practice consistently even while away. Granted, I did meditate while we were away so loving-kindness was one of the mindfulness practices I used...

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Don’t Make Gods Into Demons | Reflections

Don’t Make Gods Into Demons | Reflections

April 6th #37 Don’t make gods into demons. Pema: Don’t use these teachings and practices to strengthen your self-absorption. When we take what we can most benefit from and idolize it, our ego can get in the way of our practice. In practice, we can get become preoccupied with every thought, sensation and feeling that emerges. This provides a temptation to give up the ship, so to speak. Certainly in my own practice over the years I have had this occur. If I focus too much, then there is tension. Too little focus and the opposite is true. It is...

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Yoga & Meditation with Friends 4/6 – 4/12

Join my lovely friends, Dawn, Laura and Sarah, for yoga and meditation in the next several days! Time Converter Please note the different time zones. Dawn Heywood Yin Yoga Friday 4/8 at 6:30 pm PDT Sunday 4/10 at 6:30 pm PDT Relax and Restore Monday 4/11 at 6:30 pm PDT Learn More Laura Bender Vinyasa Yoga Friday 4/8 at 8:00 am EDT Learn More Sarah Platanitis Yoga Nidra Wednesday, 4/13 at 6:15 pm EDT Learn More

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Change Your Attitude, but Remain Natural | Reflections

Change Your Attitude, but Remain Natural | Reflections

April 5th #24 Change your attitude, but remain natural.Pema: Work on reversing your caught-up, self-important attitude and remain relaxed in this process. Instead of always being caught in a prison of self-absorption, look out and express gentleness to all things. Then just relax. The words “but remain natural” is what caught my eye this morning. To be at my natural, organic state is to appreciate by basic goodness. There is no need for self-importance. In fact, most of the day I felt quiet and rather humble. I had an appointment at the pharmacy today to receive my second COVID booster...

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