Excerpts

Chapter 3: Transforming the Legacy of Abuse — page 120

The power of meditation practice is always served by returning to the bare experience of what is happening. This does not mean we suppress what is emerging. With true awareness we acknowledge all the memories, images, thoughts, emotions, and sensations that have arisen. We bring awareness to all the elements of the situation, but we do not indulge the story. You may find it skillful to engage in psychotherapy, bodywork, or energy therapies that directly address what has emerged, but this is separate from the process of meditation. Of course the story is important, but must be clearly seen as a focus very different from that of meditation practice.

For me when history emerges, it is often related to the history of abuse. The dance between not indulging the drama in meditation and at the same time responding appropriately to what is coming up is an ongoing challenge. Over the years I’ve learned many lessons in this dance.

 

Chapter 6: Dancing with Life and Death — page 268

True awareness and meditation have become the deepest and purest expression of love that I know. This love and awareness seem to highlight the blessedness and preciousness of life as I slip through the ups and downs of my days. I feel deep and abiding gratitude for the teachings of the Buddha and a boundless gratitude to my teachers and all you have inspired and helped me along the way. The flower bud that felt so tight when I began this journey long ago now feels wide open, filled with color, and showered with blessing for all that has been possible in my life

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