Black Lives Matter

Resources for Understanding and Liberation

The recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many other black people by police is yet another wave of calls to action and connection with each other and our authentic emotions.

If you are white bodied, as I am, please take the time to become educated about how we have all been racialized both explicitly and implicitly.  Allow the movement of this moment to touch you, open you to exploration and shifting perspectives so that we do not continue to engage in harming behaviors out of ignorance

 

Understanding the Physiology

Getting to Know your Nervous System

Understanding the Physiology

“Unlike reptiles, the mammalian nervous system did not evolve solely to survive in dangerous life threatening contexts, but it evolved to promote social interactions and social bonds in safe environments.” - Stephen Porges, PhD

Other offerings: Confessing to Happiness

by Brian Lesage

Other offerings: Confessing to Happiness

The Skill of Opening to the Joys of the Spiritual Path

One day King Pasenadi went to visit the Buddha in the Sakyan town of Medalumpa.  He expressed to the Buddha his delight in seeing the practitioners “smiling and cheerful, sincerely joyful, plainly delighting, their faculties fresh, living at ease, [and] unruffled…”MN89

With all of the talk about suffering in Buddhism, we can often forget the joy, ease, and contentment that provide the foundation and expression of this spiritual path.  The Buddha continually encourages us to savor the joy and contentment that arise from such things as ethical conduct, generosity, appreciative joy, and concentration.  Even the practice of renunciation is taught from this perspective of joy and happiness.  For example, in the Dhammapada the Buddha says: