How does our experience of Dukkha – unsatisfactoriness & Suffering – connect to our innate quality of Sensitivity?

The essence of the actual feeling of suffering or pain (beyond all the conditioned thoughts and feelings that are associated with it) is nothing other than the fundamental quality of sensitivity that is the Indestructible Heart Essence.  When we touch this we touch something that is profoundly sacred. Continue reading How does our experience of Dukkha – unsatisfactoriness & Suffering – connect to our innate quality of Sensitivity?

What does the NVC term ‘Jackal Ears’ mean in terms of direct experience & meditation instruction?

Taking jackal ears off could be described in all sort of ways couldn’t it? That magic switch moment – switching out of one mandala into another. Like Tonglen perhaps, but for me taking off jackal ears feels like a magical, fun thing and it’s transformative in a surprising and uncontrived way. Continue reading What does the NVC term ‘Jackal Ears’ mean in terms of direct experience & meditation instruction?

How do the words heart and mind resonate within you? Why is this important?

“When we say ‘heart’ – something resonates and we can sort of trace that resonance back to its source which is that depth within the essence of our being that contains all that is most meaningful – the word comes from there, so when we follow it back we sort of dissolve into that meaning somehow…” Continue reading How do the words heart and mind resonate within you? Why is this important?

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Student’s Question: Is confidence being able to acknowledge anxiety and make friends with it?

Can we make friends with our anxiety? Is this having confidence in our meditation practice? “For us confidence would consist of acknowledging our fear and anxiety and turning towards them rather than panicking and trying to run away from our feeling, pretending it’s not there or desperately trying to change it into something else that we think we should be feeling.” Continue reading Student’s Question: Is confidence being able to acknowledge anxiety and make friends with it?