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Marriage

Sing the song of this moment, Instead of the chorus of “What Might Happen,” The litanies of “Sometimes” and “On Occasion” and “I Remember.” Sing the song of the perfection of Now. Offer your hand. Deepen your marriage to This Moment.

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Tailor-made Practices

I just got back from six weeks traveling and teaching in Europe. I worked on my book in Greece, traveled through Italy with my son and his girlfriend, and taught the Change Agents University retreat with my friend Luis Diaz. My time away culminated in the Awakening Coaching Training in Germany with 44 people from […]

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Who Is Here? A practice

Right now, sitting where you are, reading these words, take a few moments to close your eyes and feel your body. Settle yourself . . . relax . . . come fully into this moment. Can you see the print on this page? It is seen, right? But seen by whom? In this very moment, […]

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How We Define Ourselves

“Trailing clouds of glory do we come, from God who is our home,” wrote William Wordsworth. As preverbal babies, we experience ourselves as limitlessness. At one with what we see and feel, we have no need to define ourselves. We are both nothing and everything. Then Iago imposes a sense of limitation, of something missing, […]

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Enter The Darkness – A practice

Create a room that is perfectly dark.  You might need to tape black plastic over the windows,  And lay a towel at the bottom of the door.  Make it so dark that you can sit with your eyes open  And see not a single chink of light.  Now sit in that darkness, with your eyes […]

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Calling Back Judgement: Just Like Me

This practice, from my 2008 book Leap Before You Look, was also featured in the new film Awake in the Dream.  It is short and simple to use, but remarkably effective and transformative.  Try it out, and post your experiences in the space below. Whenever a judgment or evaluation Arises within you, Whether positive or […]

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Adopt a New Personality in the Supermarket

Here is a practice for you to try: With a friend, go to a supermarket, But not your local supermarket, where you may know people. Drive a little way to the nearest town. Take the shopping cart and enter the supermarket. Your friend will be observing you, And will give you a mood, a personality […]

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Masculine and Feminine Practice

Last week we finished a weekend seminar  in Vienna: at one time the home of Mozart, Beethoven, Sigmund Freud, Gustav Mahler and many others. My host took me to Theater an der Wien: the oldest opera house in the city, where The Magic Flute and many other great operas had their premiere. Afterwards we went […]

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Celebrate Dependency

When you start to feel needy or insecure, celebrate it completely. Ask your partner to sit in a chair or on the sofa, and sit at your partner’s feet for a few minutes. Enter into your fear of abandonment, the need to be loved completely. Don’t leave me. Don’t leave me. I beg you. I […]

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Getting permission to flow

Maria attended one of our retreats a few years ago. Now in her fifties, she has been practicing meditation, which she had learned from a well-known Indian guru, for more than thirty years. She had a very calm, empty, silent presence. She dressed in plain, very sensible clothes, and her gray hair was cut in […]

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