How do you know you are sad?

How do you know you are sad? Jeff Foster recently livestreamed a (workshop) meeting in London from May 21 and 22. During the meeting, he asked one of the participants “How do you know you are sad?” What a question! Ever since I watched that exchange, I have been asking myself the same question: “How …

I don’t want to be a good client!

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I don’t want to be a good client! (A client is a person who is being facilitated.) After years of being on both sides of numerous facilitation, I had a revelation a few months ago. As I was being facilitated by a wonderful facilitator, I realized that for all this time I have been focused …

These thoughts are not true

These thoughts are not true As some of you know, I put my beloved 16 year old dog to sleep on May 28th, 2015. I cried so much so it felt like there was nothing left in me. I had basically succumbed to, and embraced myself in, the sorrow of his death. Well, as life …

Self-Attack

Self-attack We all have some experience with beating ourselves up, right? Why do we do this? Is it because we believe that by telling ourselves we “are not good enough” over and over again we can somehow fix ourselves? Katie’s daughter Roxann once told us in her workshop that self-attack is an illusion of control. …

Living Turnarounds

Living Turnaround Exercise I love this quote from Loving What Is page 310 (SC): So, to put The Work into action, begin with the voice inside you that’s telling us what to do. Realize that it’s telling you what to do. When it says, “He should pick up the socks,” listen to the turnaround I …

Getting published

Getting Published I went to Adyashanti’s silent retreat in 2013. I loved the experience so much and I wanted more. So I started looking for his next retreat/satsang and found that Adyashanti was coming to Santa Barbara in Jan of 2014. I immediately registered myself. Meanwhile, I was contacted by a Japanese publisher who wanted …

Meeting Adyashanti

Meeting Adyashanti When I showed up to the interview, I was beyond nervous. I was so nervous that I couldn’t even feel my nervousness, if this make any sense to you. Oh! I didn’t even introduce myself to Adya, as I learned when I listened back to the recording. That’s how nervous I must have …

A Conversation with Adyashanti Part III

Tamami: As you probably are aware, many Japanese are raised around Buddhist customs when it comes to traditional events such as funerals and weddings. However, most of us do not really study it much beyond that. What is about your teaching that might resonate with Japanese people who have never had an interest in practicing …

A Conversation with Adyashanti Part II

How and why can meditation be of benefit to a victim of physical and mental abuse? Tamami: Let’s say that someone was physically abused by her father for most of her life. This constant abuse has led her to believe that she is not worthy of her dad’s love. It has also caused her to …

A Conversation with Adyashanti Part I

Tamami: I understand that one day you read a book about Zen and subsequently found a Zen master who lived in your neighborhood. What compelled you to pick up that book in the first place? Why do you think you found yourself so receptive to Zen? Adya: I was always interested in the nature of …