A Whole Life Path
WISE ACTION: Being Upright
Recorded on May 10, 2022 :: Duration – 36:27
The somatic sense of ‘being upright’ is more than a posture that we practice in sitting meditation. It is also an embodied attitude that not only supports our openness but also expresses a firmness of commitment to being awake, to acting with integrity.
WISE ACTION: Refraining and Creating
Recorded on April 12, 2022 :: Duration – 36:55
Exploring wise action as movements of both refraining from perpetuating harm as well as creating or contributing to well-being.
WISE ACTION: What does it mean to be committed to non-harming?
Recorded on March 29, 2022 :: Duration – 45:02
Wise action is responsiveness based on ethical sensitivity, and a commitment to non-harming. The precepts offer a structure for this commitment, but the deepening happens through inquiring and exploring the gray areas, and learning how we lose or blunt our sensitivity.
WISE SPEAKING: Listen Deeply, Speak the Truth
Recorded on March 15, 2022 :: Duration – 33:15
Exploring the final two guidelines of Insight Dialogue, we can practice speaking from silence and receptive discernment. This is an act of love, and it also helps free the heart.
WISE SPEAKING: Attune to Emergence
Recorded on March 1, 2022 :: Duration – 40:25
Exploring the fourth Insight Dialogue guideline as a support for wise and attuned speech.
WISE SPEAKING: Pause, Relax, Open
Recorded on February 15, 2022 :: Duration – 28:02
Practicing with the first three guidelines of Insight Dialogue as supports for bringing mindful awareness into conversation and relationship.
WISE SPEECH: True, Useful and Timely
Recorded on February 1, 2022 :: Duration – 37:59
Exploring the qualities of wise speech and their effects on our minds.
ASPIRATION AND BEGINNING AGAIN
Recorded on January 4, 2022 :: Duration – 44:00
Reflecting on aspiration on the occasion of the new year. When we recollect and refresh our aspirations, we gain not just a sense of uplift, but also, perhaps, the courage and willingness to begin again, freshly. This talk includes pauses for written reflection.
Recorded on October 26, 2021 :: Duration – 35:35
The practice of wise intention is an important way of caring for the mind, and it is the hinge between our understanding (view) and our actions in the world. We can bring awareness to our intentions in the moment, in specific situations, and to an overall direction in life.
BELONGING AND LETTING GO
Recorded on October 12, 2021 :: Duration – 39:47
Exploring ‘widening circles’ of belonging a practice of letting go: letting go into a somatic sense of safety, an awareness of the present moment, spiritual friendship, community, and the planet. Experiencing our deeper belonging is the same movement as letting go of the small sense of self.
FROM OWNERSHIP TO BELONGING
Recorded on September 28, 2021 :: Duration – 34:33
Sometimes the sense of self is described as ‘ownership.’ Often it’s easier to try to define what we own and what we are —what belongs to us — rather than sensing into a more fundamental belonging. This talk explores ways we tend to try to negotiate or earn a sense of belonging or defend against perceived threats to it, and how this clouds our view.
TWO ASPECTS OF WISE VIEW
Recorded on August 31, 2021 :: Duration – 35:21
The second talk on wise view explores the mundane (worldly) aspect of wise view and the liberating aspect.