Emptiness is a translation of the Sanskrit term shunyata. For Westerners, this term can create a lot of confusion. We tend to think of emptiness in negative terms. For instance, when we lose a loved one we might say we feel empty inside. In this short post, I explain what emptiness really is, according to Buddhist philosophy and touch on its experiential aspect.
If you’ve been following Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations this week, you’ll know he’s been talking about Jesus’ Death. He notes that the word “sin” in the passage God’s Lamb takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) is singular. According to Rohr’s interpretation, this passage refers to a single sin—the sin of redemptive violence. I think you’ll find this article complementary to his interpretation. I hope you enjoy it.
Natural Meditation is an effortless practice that's quite suited to a Western audience. Traditionally, it has even been called non-meditation. In this short post, I consider the unique method of Natural Meditation and contrast ordinary awareness with pure awareness.
In this post, I present the entire map of how mindfulness meditation practice helps us in our quest to resolve chronic pain. We will look at these aspects of the journey: the basic problem, the mindfulness solution, the method used, the essence of the practice, the primary purpose of practice, the envisioned goal, and expected results.
Chronic pain is hard, especially when we don't know why we're experiencing it. In this post, I talk about a fortuitous event that provided an answer, and how my background in Buddhism led to lasting solutions.
It's easy to think that calming the mind is the sole purpose of meditation. In this post, I explain that it's really just a starting point. The real objective of Buddhist meditation practice is obtaining the view.
The basis of mindfulness meditation is awareness. So, what's the big deal about awareness? In this post, I talk about ordinary awareness, how important it is, and how it can be refined into pure gold.
When we experience injury or illness, the body sends raw information to the brain. We call this primary pain. The mind's reaction to primary pain is called secondary pain. This post examines how secondary pain becomes chronic.
I recently read an important statement in a book called "Your Power to Heal" by Henry Grayson. It reminded me that stress is not a given. It's how we respond that matters. In this post, I consider this crucial point.
Let's face it. We don't all see eye to eye on everything. In this story, I share my first experience realizing just how different our impressions can be. What I learned? We all live in our own reality.