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Death in Advance, Part Two

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How our viewpoint on life can change through the practice of contemplating death

by Anne-Marie Keppel

I was overjoyed when I recently read in Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s new book, The Lost Art of Good Conversation, instructions for how to contemplate our last breath on our deathbed. He asks, “What do you need to say and to whom?”

Ooooh, do this practice. Do this exercise fully and often. When you have spent time with the dying you come to realize how enormously important this exercise is, and how much more fully and lovingly you will live your own life. And, if you are able and if it is appropriate, you can use this contemplation for not only healing but for inspiration and motivation in your life as well.  Continue…

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Death in Advance, Part One

Death in Advance, Part One – HIGHLIGHT

We so often avoid thinking of our own death, but what if we took a different view? by Anne-Marie Keppel From the womb, the baby opened her eyes, and saw through stretched skin patches of light. So contrary to the darkness when her eyes were closed. And when ... continue
Posted February 5, 2018 by CGH
In Appreciation of Quiet

In Appreciation of Quiet – HIGHLIGHT

A few thoughts on the delights and sufferings associated with the sounds around us by Larry Barnett I like quiet. I don’t mean the complete silence of any sound whatsoever, but the quiet of the natural world. I find the sound of leaves rustling in the wind comforting. ... continue
Posted January 8, 2018 by CGH
Beyond Filters

Beyond Filters – HIGHLIGHT

How to meet our young adult and teenage children as and where they are by Anne-Marie Keppel What is the ultimate goal we are seeking regarding educating and caring for our children, in our sangha and on the planet? The truth is, at present, they instead need to educate ... continue
Posted December 17, 2017 by CGH
The Tiger Has Teeth

The Tiger Has Teeth – HIGHLIGHT

A Shambhala practitioner brings her understanding of Meek to the challenges and realities of sexual harassment by Allison Conant When considering the Shambhala Dignities, I was initially struggling to make sense of connecting the word Meek with Tiger. I have always associated the tiger with beauty, ferocity, unabashed ... continue
Posted December 11, 2017 by CGH
Grandfather Yoga

Grandfather Yoga – HIGHLIGHT

Musings on aging, youth, and the practice of yoga by Larry Barnett When I was eight both of my grandfathers were sixty, which in 1956 actually was old. They were already stoop-shouldered, and mostly liked to sit shirtless in lawn chairs in the hot sun for hours, smeared ... continue
Posted November 27, 2017 by CGH
We Need to Talk

We Need to Talk – HIGHLIGHT

by Jacqueline Larson A couple weeks ago I was cleaning my office and listening to CBC’s Q. Tom Power was interviewing comedian and podcaster Marc Maron on what makes up a good interview. I wasn’t familiar with Maron but when he spoke about the depth of observations and ... continue
Posted November 25, 2017 by CGH
Life is a Ceremony

Life is a Ceremony – HIGHLIGHT

Contemplating the power and meaning of our everyday rituals by Susan Firer “Life is a ceremony” says Chogyam Trungpa.  Sakyong Mipham discusses this in the eighth chapter of his book “The Shambhala Principle.” According to the Sakyong: “Through our view, contemplation, and activity, every day we are transforming commonly ... continue
Posted November 23, 2017 by CGH
A Tendency to Tamper

A Tendency to Tamper – HIGHLIGHT

Reflections on our left-brain approach to everyday life and the nature of reality by Larry Barnett My seven-year-old granddaughter and I were watching an animated movie about a curious fairy who is told by her Fairy Master not to tamper with Pixie Dust. She does, of course, and ... continue
Posted September 12, 2017 by CGH
Thinking....

Thinking…. – HIGHLIGHT

Some thoughts on research and problem solving by Susan Firer When I was in school I loved to do research; I found it very satisfying in many ways.  When I got out of school I didn’t seem to have the time for research. Or, maybe it was because ... continue
Posted August 17, 2017 by CGH
The Pathology of Happiness

The Pathology of Happiness – HIGHLIGHT

A closer look at cultural conceptions related to happiness and contentment by Larry Barnett When an idea, an object, a substance, or an emotion preoccupies consciousness to the near exclusion of anything else, we call it an obsession. And when an obsession becomes a compulsion so powerful as ... continue
Posted August 3, 2017 by CGH
The Experience of Awe

The Experience of Awe – HIGHLIGHT

How awe is connected to using our senses, and to living as an inspired human being by Shastri Donna Williams I’ve been studying contemplative ecology recently, that juncture where our senses contact the natural world and expand, where we can relax–experiencing  connection, health and balance. While reading True Perception: ... continue
Posted August 1, 2017 by CGH
Politics is Internal

Politics is Internal – HIGHLIGHT

A reprint of an article that first appeared in 2013, examining politics as practice by Larry Barnett There is a yogic practice in Tibet that takes place in a charnel ground, or what we call a graveyard. Graveyards in Tibet, which is mostly rock, are not the neat ... continue
Posted July 24, 2017 by CGH
Becoming a Better Listener

Becoming a Better Listener – HIGHLIGHT

A few good reasons to practice mindful listening in our everyday lives by Jackie Edwards Every day, people struggle to be heard and understood. Whether it’s in our home or at work, the desire to be heard is such that it has become common practice to speak forcefully, ... continue
Posted July 6, 2017 by CGH
Bright Flowers of June

Bright Flowers of June – HIGHLIGHT

Appreciating the richness and beauty of an early summer garden by Carol Henderson In such a hurry today — scrambling to meet publication deadlines, sending out minutes from a board meeting, and getting packed for a week’s travel, plus the usual household tasks of cooking, dishes, laundry. As ... continue
Posted June 14, 2017 by CGH
Meditation in Your World

Meditation in Your World – HIGHLIGHT

Experiencing the power of meditation to change our everyday lives by Susan Firer I thought I’d start with some words from The Shambhala Principle, a book written by my teacher, Sakyong Mipham. The chapter titled “Shifting Global Values” starts off with the Sakyong talking about the day his ... continue
Posted May 25, 2017 by CGH

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