Fundamental Strategies

One of my favorite parts of yoga teacher training is finding gems in the treasure trove of assigned reading.  Like this, presented abridged, section from the “Buddha Brain” by Rick Hanson: Continue reading “Fundamental Strategies”

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Filling the Lack at Our Core

Reading for the upcoming yoga training…

The interesting thing about the external forms of gratification that we use to fill this lack at our core is that when they disappear or decay (like the loss of a lover, job, money, or status), they return us to the basic truth that nothing outside of ourselves can ultimately create a solid ground out of which we can find peace.

-Michael Stone, “Yoga for a World out of Balance.  Teachings on Ethics and Social Action”

Grief Is Worship

At approximately 42:19 mark into Rob Bell’s interview with Caleb Wilde (Caleb Wilde is a Funeral Director), this happens:

Caleb: I think that grief is worship <…>  That takes the shame out of it.  So many people are just: “Oh, why am I not at closure yet, and why haven’t I processed through this linear grief work yet?  I should be done by now!”

But I think grief is a form of worship.  <…>  Closure is a myth.  It doesn’t happen the way we want it to happen.  It’s messy.  And the person who has died is there.  As long as you love someone you will be grieving.

Trite and Incorrect Interpretation

I’ve started reading “The Hero with a Thousand Faces” by Joseph Campbell.  Not sure I’d be able to finish it any time soon: while interesting, it’s pretty thick and the language is sentimentally antiquated.

In any case, I got through the first chapter in the prologue and was amused by this side note, Continue reading “Trite and Incorrect Interpretation”