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Sunday, December 2nd, 2018



This weekend working in the studio, not wanting to hear any more politics, I turned to my favorite spiritual advice from Sounds True: Insights From The Edge. Each and every one of these was the encouraging affirmation, perfect for your listening pleasure.

Robert Augustus Masters talks about The Depthless Depth of Shadow Work. Our shadow is whatever in us we are keeping out of sight, that we can’t/ won’t face about ourselves. To truly evolve, we need to know our shadow; to discover and make wise use of what lies hidden or otherwise neglected within us. His work helps discover and cultivate intimacy and healing from our core shadow wounds. WOW!

Ronald Siegel in The Psychophysiological Component in Healing explains the ways that stress and other psychophysiological components can instigate everything from insomnia to irritable bowel syndrome. He encourages frank conversations around chronic pain, as well as making friends with negative emotions like fear and anxiety to cope with life’s inevitable hurdles. His work is totally consistent to what I have learned in my myofascial release work.

Miranda Macpherson in The Transforming Power of Ego Relaxation guides the spirit to surrender into nondual realization based on the practice of welcoming all of our experiences and responding our unique compassion and wisdom. Ego relaxation allows us to stop beating ourselves into spiritual shape and yields instead to an unshakable loving presence within. Loved the concept of ego relaxation!

Kristin Neff in The Liberating Power of Self-Compassion helps us let go of our constant, debilitating self-judgment to heal past wounds of shame, insecurity, and not being good enough. In addition to listening to the podcast try some of her helpful self-companion exercisesPrologue.

Van Jones speaks about Breaking Out of Our Resistance Bubble offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change regardless of party or politics. Jones aims for a deeper patriotism that is the vital business of solving our toughest problems without accusations and abandonment. I was impressed with him right after the election but lost track. It is encouraging to see he’s still at solving our current political dilemmas.

And finally, Mary O’Malley’s What’s in the Way Is the Way encouraging us to being with the way things actually are, rather than continually struggling to make the life we think we should have. She has the most well explained and justified explanation of how our true healing can and will occur in the miraculous, incandescent present moment. I’m onto her book!

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Flag Quilt Part I



Honor Human Dignity

Be The Best You



Right Intent

No Distraction

Live Life As A Verb


Monday, September 17th, 2018

Preparing For The Walk

Zen Rocks

Whether you hike the entire route or just the last stretch — or even if you’re just there to vicariously enjoy the thrill of the latest in a thousand years of pilgrims finishing the Camino de Santiago — it’s an experience that will stay with you forever. Rick Steves

If all goes according to the plan I initiated yesterday, in 34 weeks by my 69th birthday, I will be totally prepared to confidently walk the last 71 miles of Camino de Santiago.

You may rightly question why a nice Jewish Bubbe like me would choose to follow The Way of St. James??? But Rick Steves tells all, it’s the opportunity of a life time- a way to embark on a spiritual journey and as any wise Bubbe would retort: What could it hurt???

My daughter worked out a weekly training plan:
– A long hike day working from 4 miles (which I successfully completed yesterday) up to 11 miles a day
– 2 short fast hike days from 1-2 miles (which I successfully completed today in the rain)
– 2 mid-length hike days from 3-6 miles
– 2 rest days

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

BubbeCamp 2018



Name Tags
A delayed bus
Dee’s Dogs
Homemade Slip and Slide
Gigantic Bubbles
Yummy Grill Foods
Qwems card game
Real Fruit Popsicles
The loss of Lily
Late Mornings/ late nights
Lots of Bagels and Fruit
Camp Songs and Dances
The Complete Genesis
Paper Folding and Handmade Books
ScrapBook ad-ons
Subway Sandwiches
Public Art
Baked Tofu
Chocolate Balls
Bat Mitzvah Discussions
Eco Tour
Prince of Egypt
Pizza and Salad
More Rummy-Q
Ruth and Naomi
Russel Crow’s Noah
Swimming at Iz’s
Asian Food
Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Coat
Parsha Miketz Genesis 41:1-44:17
Jane’s Pancakes
Science Center
Gateway Clipper
Steve’s Stacks
Rosh Hodesh Elul

Final Night Questions in preparation for Rosh Hashanah:

What is your biggest personal pet peeve of yourself?

When you are feeling sad, what do you do to make yourself happier?

What is one new thing you would like to try?

What bad habit would you like to stop?

What advice would you give to a younger version of yourself?

What is the one thing you’d most like to change in the world?

Name something you do well and then something you would like to do better.

If you were the major of your city, what would you change?

If you could learn a new skill, what would it be?

If you could do something that would help change global warming- what would it be?

How would you help others if you won the lottery?

If you were a color, what would you be and why?

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

If there were 25 hours in a day, how would you spend the extra hour?

If you could be any age what would you choose and why?

May truth and justice guide our acts and compassion temper our lives as we move into the month of Elul.

See the video version HERE

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Letting Go Of Defense


When we have no territory to defend, God rushes in to where God always was. This is a paradox we understand only as we embrace life fully.

Today, as you go through your usual routine, you will make the choice to defend or let go perhaps ten or twenty times. How can you choose to let go without giving up your own integrity? How can you stand up for yourself and still remain open to all possibilities?

The answer is impossible to describe, but the method is clear and easy. Each time you feel as if you need to defend yourself- whether in a conversation with a friend or while making your way through a crowd or by claiming your own place in line- if you feel you are defending something that is not articulated, that is not named actually name it. Say to yourself: I am defending MY place in line; MY idea of what should be; MY choice. When you actually name it, you will be able to let it go more easily. This letting go does not mean you give up your rightful place in either the line or the discussion. It simply mean you are not defending your own existence.

See what that is like today. Perhaps you could choose to do this on every Tuesday or some other specific day? It will become your own, private holy day.

Jason Shulman; The Instruction Manual for Receiving God; page 64

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

What Is The Opposite of Anger?


Being with God is a non dual state. This means it can never be achieved by choosing only one side of reality in reaction to a less preferred condition or state.

Words like God, awakening, non dual, and others of their ilk are necessary evils. They open a path to a thinking about things, but they block the road, even as they point the way. They make us think there is a special way- a singular way that being with God or being awakened is a special feeling we need to recapture again and again. But God is kinder than that and makes every place a way home. Every molecule of reality- whether tangible, like matter, or emotional and psychological, like varied states of being- can be a gateway to the non dual experience of God.

Try this: Whatever you are feeling right now has a silent opposite that is present at the same time. So, confusion is present with its opposite, understanding; lost accompanies found. Hope is present with despair and loneliness with companionship, even though there may be no one around to fulfill that function.

Now: Allow both of a pair of opposites to exist. Completely, Vividly. Open your body to this allowing. You may notice a subtle feeling of openness, of silence, of expectations to God; it comes from being with what is in this particular way. Trust this opening, Friend. You can extend it further, to opposites that are challenging., like sickness and health and even life and death. As you do so, the doorway to God will open wider, as wide as your heart.

Jason Shulman; The Instruction Manual For Receiving God; page 56

P.S. My meditation of Ireland is here:

Friday, July 20th, 2018

The Diamond Approach

Irish Tree

From The Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom: part of The Diamond Approach Inner Working To The Fullest Realization of True Nature

The Definition of Knowing: Beginning to Know Yourself without Reference to Your Body, Your Feelings or Your Environment

When you know your essence, you can allow yourself to experience merging love with another person; you don’t feel the need for barriers between you and the other. When you feel your beingness and the beingness of the other, it is okay for them to become one beingness. When there is no issue of me and you, of boundaries and separation, then there is no issue of us as One. Merging love creates a state with no barriers. There are no barriers then between you and anyone or anything, between you and your body, your surroundings, your car, the whole universe. You feel you are sharing in everything, you are part of everything, melted with everything. Your heart is open and melting like butter. This is a deeper aspect of who you are, a deeper realization of yourself. You begin to know yourself without reference to your body, your feelings or your environment. You are a depth. You look into the distance and you don’t feel you are looking at the distance; you are the distance. You look up into the sky, into the clouds and you don’t feel you are looking into the clouds. There is no distance between you and the clouds. You are the clouds. You are here and everywhere. Your boundaries are gone and the belief in boundaries is gone. They have melted away. This kind of love is one of the most difficult for people to experience in love relationships even though it is exactly what they say they want.

Diamond Heart Book Two, pg. 161

Friday, July 6th, 2018

The Law of Unintended Consequences



Yesterday, I heard someone mention The Law of Unintended Consequences and wondered about it.

It is a form of innocent evil: people enacting with moral intentions that instead yield immoral consequences.

Nothing has just one cause. Causes fan out in all directions over time. Reasons and causes are never singular. Seek and find multiple causes, reasons or motives. It’s like playing piano with oven mitts; it’s impossible to hit only one key so don’t try.

The universe is inherently unpredictable. Nobody is perfect. The insignificant may prove significant. Small differences may make big differences. Each and every choice has an unforeseen rippling.

Without exception, the universal motivation externalizes negatives and internalizes positives. Each choice comes with regrets that inspire awareness and learning. Remember the serenity prayer and stay true to the path.

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Some Observations on Ireland





Irish soda bread, Irish Brown Bread and most Irish breads use buttermilk to rise and are not vegan.

The Irish people are extremely open, friendly, and consistently helpful.

Everything in Ireland is very quant and pretty much un or under developed.

Irish People drive very fast even on very narrow roads.

Everything is perfect , always.

There hasn’t been a heat wave like we saw this past week since ’76.

Potato leek soup is the most readily available soup everywhere in Ireland.

The reason the color of Ireland is grass green is because it can be seen everything in and about the country.

The countryside was formed from the movement of tectonic plates.

In the countryside the preferred language is Gaelic.

The Guinness Beer Factory may be touristy but it is worth the visit just to learn how to get the full flavor when drinking beer.

Ireland is a mystical place with vortexes, fairies and lots of superstitions.

Friday, June 15th, 2018

2018 Summer Solstice and International Yoga Day All In One



The Solstice is an astronomical event that happens twice, once in summer and once in winter each year when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky as seen from the North or South Pole. During Solstices the tilt of the axil of the Earth (with respect to the Sun) is the maximum at 23° 26′. In the Northern Hemisphere, this solstice marks the longest day of the year. Early dawns. Long days. Late sunsets. Short nights. The sun at its height each day, as it crosses the sky. South of the equator winter begins.

The 2018 Solstice happens on June 21 at 10:07 UTC (coordinated universal time) and 6:07 a.m. for our time zone.

Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India about 6,000 years ago. In the 19th century, yoga, along with a general interest in Eastern culture and philosophy came to attention of the West as Swami Vivekananda, the first Hindu teacher to actively advocate and explain yoga to a western audience, toured Europe and the United States.

The United Nations General Assembly declared International Yoga Day official on December 11th, 2014.

Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day. The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi

Celebrate International Yoga Day along with the Summer Solstice June 21st. l’chaim

Friday, June 1st, 2018

Ichi-go ichi-e: this is the moment

ichi go ichi e

A simple practical idea from the art of tea or Sadou, the way of tea. Ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会) is a concept expressing the ideal roughly translated that means one time, one meeting or one encounter; one opportunity. In the way of tea we respect and honor the moment as a once-in-a-lifetime gathering, a simple encounter that will never happen again. Ichi-go ichi-e reminds us that each tea ceremony (and each moment) is unique unto itself. Even though the elements may seem familiar, remember, they are not.

One Time; One Meeting; One Moment; Never Repeated; Totally Unique and Original.

Friday, May 11th, 2018

The Blending Balance of Masculine and Feminine

Boynton Approach

Boynton View

Boynton Yin and Yang


Sedona is a blending of all things. This can be deeply felt in The Boynton Canyon Vortex, the site of balanced male/female, yin/yang energy.

Historically our public lives have been dominated by the masculine need to survive and thrive in the physical world with the me first (substitute America first) attitude in the areas of finances, politics and technology. With that the feminine care of others was relegated to the private life of home and family. A stronger masculine employs greed, selfishness, and exploitation all with the end to elevate the self. A stronger feminine sits in the spirit of generosity and equality.

It is a tumultuous time in the Boynton Canyon Vortex. Feeling the masculine influences of technology, politics and ethics, we recognize that we are at the moment in our evolution when we need to, more than ever before, incorporate and balance our feminine side strengthening our relationships with intimacy, commitment, honesty and generosity.

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