Monday, March 16, 2015



Stop. Listen.
Your Soul is calling to you.
But you are busy with the too many things
some bright and beautiful,
others heavy and dark.

But go below this.
Go deeper:
your Soul is calling to you.
You are larger than you think
and your Soul knows.

It knew before
you were even born.
It knows that the world waits for you-
for the one precious thing
you were born to do.

Listen to the silence
that is below the too many things.
It too knows what
you were meant to be.

Let go of fear, let go of shoulds
Your Soul is calling to you,
inviting you into the great world
that is waiting for YOU.

blessings, Robert Cornell

The Beloved

We look for the Beloved, but                                               
we look for Her in all the wrong places.                         
Until, at last, trusting in ourselves,                                          
 far beyond the wiles of the World,                                     
our Heart rests in its heart of hearts,                                 
 where true love is found.         

 One of the most beneficial spiritual practices we humans can do is to give ourselves self love. For some of us , this may be easy but for others of us it is very challenging to practice because of childhood wounds and hurts where our very lovability was called  into question. Also for men (and I’m talking specifically about straight men), because of our enculturation into being strong and invulnerable, this practice seems quite off putting, sissified, suspect. As straight men, we are often afraid of anything that would imply that we are anything less that virile and masculine.

 In any case though many of us have parts of ourselves that we reject and push underground. So in our meditations this week, we are going to be making friends with all of ourselves, even those parts – especially those parts  - we don’t like. There is real courage in this; the root of the word “courage” is “cour,” the French word for heart. For indeed this is work of the heart.


Because we are different people with different personalities, different issues, and different strengths the spiritual practices that will work best for us will be different as well. That is why I do not teach one style of meditation practice. Now that makes it hard for some people because they want someone to just tell them,” Here do it this way. This is the best way to meditate.” So that may relieve you from some uncertainty initially; the problem being that later on, you may find that another style of meditation works better for you and you have spent a lot of time struggling with a type of mediation practice that you find frustrating and which may cause you to give up.

 I like to encourage newcomers right off the bat to try on different practices to find the one that fits them best. Some practices such as mindfulness are very helpful for developing a somewhat detached observer awareness that can see more clearly past the waves of emotion / thought. Other meditation practices such as Zen plunge the practitioner directly into the experience of formlessness. Still others like Christian contemplation bring you to a centering in the heart space.

 All of these practices have their strengths and their weaknesses. What they have in common is a stilling and taming of our scattered and distracted monkey minds which keep us from seeing deeply into the nature of Life and Reality.still