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September 27, 2022
The Art of Mandala

There are still spots available at our November 10-14th retreat at Satsang House Sedona! This once-in-a-lifetime experience is one you won’t want to miss as we welcome honored Tibetan Buddhist monk the Venerable Zawa Tulku Rinpoche! In addition to teaching and performing empowerment ceremonies, Rinpoche is also a master of the construction of sand mandalas […]

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August 30, 2022
What is a Third Eye?

There are seven energy centers or chakras in our body where nerve points meet. The third eye chakra, or ajna chakra in Sanskrit, is known as “the seat of intuition.” Translated from Sanskrit, ajna means to “perceive beyond wisdom.” Located in the center of the forehead in the pineal gland, it acts as your center […]

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August 24, 2022
The Union of Body, Mind and Spirit

Oftentimes, people come to learn how to meditate because their lives have been overtaken by stress, they can’t focus, they can’t sleep, they feel anxious or depressed. These are wonderful reasons to begin a meditation practice. But meditation is much more than a good feeling.  Most don’t realize that meditation is part of the 8 […]

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August 10, 2022
The Smokey Mirror

Our preconditioned views often distort reality. I’ve been doing a little reading on some of the Shamanic and Toltec traditions recently and I came across a concept they refer to as “the Smokey Mirror.”  The Smokey Mirror refers to the filter we all have when we view reality. When we see the world through a […]

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August 4, 2022
Nature is a Restorative Drug

I thought I was pretty relaxed, chill, easy-going and relaxed on a normal day-to-day basis. That was until I returned this week from my first weeklong vacation since prior to the pandemic feeling completely drugged by nature's effects. Nature is a restorative drug. I spent six nights whitewater rafting down the Middle Fork of the […]

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July 21, 2022
Give Yourself the Gift of Retreat

Finally getting life going again after so much time sidelined by the pandemic? Did the downtime of the pandemic give you a different perspective on your life and how you would like to live it going forward? Perhaps you’ve decided to make some significant changes to your life, your relationship, your job or even your […]

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July 7, 2022
How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Wouldn’t it be great if we could simply sit down on our little cushion to meditate and instantly drop into the stillness, our internal chatter quieted, our bodies relaxed, not a care in the world? No doubt it would! But it doesn’t happen like that. But did you know that meditation changes your brain? It takes a […]

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June 7, 2022
The Endless Tug of War

One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that it allows us to stop the insanity of our daily lives if only for minutes at a time. Have you ever stopped to notice how we are all essentially caught up in an endless tug-of-war with the way things are?  Think for a moment about just how […]

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May 24, 2022
The Way You Speak to Yourself Matters.

It’s tough to acknowledge our distress and admit our vulnerability. Instead, it’s so much easier to allow ourselves to fall into whatever story we have been telling ourselves on repeat than to stay with our experience. The way you speak to yourself matters. What are the messages you've been sending to yourself? Take responsibility for the […]

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March 28, 2022
Investigating Perception

If we walk around believing everything we think without question, particularly the not so pleasant self-doubting thoughts, it’s pretty hard to see any other viewpoint than our own. If we tell ourselves certain things about ourselves long enough, it may never even occur to us to question our own thinking.

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March 15, 2022
Meditation Is Unmanufactured Awareness

Meditation isn’t about trying to stop thinking. Instead it’s about noticing the thoughts as they arise and allowing them to be. To be able to have access again to our ground state of being which is already whole and complete, we must recognize how we’ve allowed ourselves to be hooked by the stories and conversations we tell ourselves in our own minds. Most times, we don’t even question the thoughts, perceptions, judgments or beliefs and instead believe our own thinking.

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March 8, 2022
Making Positive Changes

What if your happiness, joy, peace and fulfillment is just covered over by an old mindset of limiting beliefs and assumptions? Making positive changes starts with a shift in mindset. Once that takes place, the rest will follow.

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February 1, 2022
Awakening: Permanent or Fleeting? PART 2

he truth involves letting go of those long-held perceptions that keep us imprisoned in patterns of behavior and ways of being which prevent us from living a life of freedom, peace, and joy. Letting go of those beliefs involves looking at ourselves deeply. Understand that for any concrete and lasting change to occur, we have to be willing to change. Without this willingness, we may simply be seeking a change that doesn’t actually involve us!

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January 27, 2022
Awakening: Permanent or Fleeting? PART 1

Many people come to spiritual practice or learn meditation in an effort to induce positive emotional states or to at least minimize negative emotional states. But those feelings of happiness and joy are byproducts of awakening, not the actual awakening itself. The problem is, as long as we chase the byproducts of awakening, we might miss the real thing.

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January 11, 2022
Happiness is Not "Out There"

Many of us search for happiness though our achievements, successes, and relationships. But that’s not really where happiness comes from, is it? Genuine happiness comes from healthy states of mind and from your gracious heart. In short, happiness comes from within.

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December 15, 2021
Cultivating Compassion

As humankind is in need of more widespread and global empathy and altruism, we find ourselves desperately cultivating compassion. Learn more about the Dalai Lama and his role in raising awareness of the healing power of compassion.

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December 8, 2021
Striving and Seeking

Many people believe that an awakening will make us blissful, joyful and happy all the time, as if the state of awakening gives you these feelings permanently. But those feelings of happiness and joy are byproducts of awakening, not the actual awakening itself. Learn more about the striving and seeking we all do on our path to spiritual awakening.

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December 2, 2021
What’s Underneath Your Thoughts?

Consider that most of your mental suffering actually comes from how tightly you hold on to your beliefs. What if you were to discover that your stories do not fully define who you are and what is actually happening to you? With mindfulness, we can step out of the story we tell and simply notice the telling of the story.

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November 30, 2021
Gratitude....(Plus FREE Downloadable Gratitude Journal)

How in the world was last week already Thanksgiving? This year has zoomed by (but thankfully, not on Zoom every day, lol!) I took some much needed time with family and friends to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. I hope you did the same. While there are many areas of […]

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October 20, 2021
Meditation as a Vehicle to Quiet Your Internal Dialogue

Meditation is not about ridding yourself of your thoughts, since that's virtually impossible for anyone to do. Meditation instead, is literally about noticing that your mind has drifted into thoughts and then practicing bringing your mind back to a place of stillness - over and over again. The noticing IS the practice.

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