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Talk Gibberish

Here is a practice from my book “Leap Before You Look.” Whenever there is disagreement or disharmony in the family, Or any time at all, just for the fun of it, Switch to gibberish. You will all continue to communicate And connect fully with each other, You will just stop making any sense. Express everything […]

The Power of Silence

I just finished leading five exquisite days of silent retreat for a group here in Nevada City.  I am bursting with excitement to share with you the fruits of this adventure, and, at the same time, at a loss for words to talk about five days where there were no words. Silence has always been, […]

The Deeper Love

For the last 8 years Chameli and I have been practicing and teaching an approach to intimate relationship which we call the Deeper Love. It has arisen one hundred percent out of our own personal experience, and our longing to bridge a schism which can often be confusing and painful. We have taught this as […]

Take the Day Off

Here is a practice you can use right away, from my book “Leap Before You Look.” Every one or two months, Take a day where you do absolutely nothing, Just as you would do if you had the flu, But do it when you’re not sick. Switch off the phones, shut down the computer. If […]

Give Thanks for Blessings

  Here is a practice you can use right away, from my book “Leap Before You Look.” At the end of your day Kneel down in gratitude And give thanks for the blessings of the day. Release all sense of accomplishment for now. Let go of any entitlement. It was all a gift. Find a […]

Just Like Me

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Compassion Practices.” Whenever a judgment or evaluation Arises within you, Whether positive or negative, Add the three words: “. . . just like me.” You can go ahead and judge another as lazy, But be inclusive […]

Real Support

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Community Practices.” Meet on a regular basis with a group of friends who care about you, And who care as much as you do about living translucently. Make a commitment to support each other In leaping […]

Standing in Line

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Daily-Routine Practices.” Waiting in line at the bank, At a fast food restaurant, Or at the gate at the airport, Sink yourself completely into this moment. Feel your feet planted on the ground. Place your heels […]

Intimacy has been my Guru

I’ve been greatly blessed in my life by being with with many great teachers.  I was close for many years to H.W.L. Poonja (people called him Papaji), and it was he who initially asked me to be a teacher of awakening.  I had some fantastic visits with Urgyen Tulku Rimpoche who was at that time […]

Express Feeling Free of a Story

    This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Feeling Practices.” For this practice, You will need to make a compilation Of many different kinds of music. Make a playlist on your iPod or computer. Find some music that is soft and soothing, […]

Expand Peripheral Vision

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Meditation Practices.” In the midst of your busy day, stop. Sit quietly with your eyes open. Look at any object before you. Now take an in-breath and expand your vision To include what is immediately to […]

Stop

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Meditation Practices.” In the midst of your busy day, when there seem to be so many things to do, Stop. Stop moving, stop talking, Stop what you are doing, and feel. Hold your body in the […]

Could You Let it Go?

This is a practice from my latest book: “Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Insight Practices.” When caught up in a strong belief, Needing to be liked, to be right about something. Or stuck in a strong emotion, ask yourself, “Could I, just could I, let it go?” Could you […]

Exchange Points of View

This is a practice from my latest book: Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “Intimate Relationship Practices.” When you find yourself caught in a disagreement With your partner or a close friend, When you are arguing, Trying to be convincing that your point of view is more correct, Stop and […]

Not Another Flavor of Self-Improvement

A couple of weeks ago we just got done with out latest Awakening Coaching Training.  This was the entry level course: which we call ‘Basic Skills.’  I can’t hold back a moment longer from sharing with you what has been going on. It was jet lag city: we had participants present from seven different times […]

Discard the Old

This is a practice from my latest book: Leap Before You Look.” This practice is chosen from the section “The Daily Grind.” Take some time to discard what is no longer needed. You could start with your clothes. Be honest: if you have not worn it for a year, Put it in a bag for […]

Give What You Hope To Receive

Here is a practice you can use right away, from my book “Leap Before You Look.” When you notice yourself wanting something from your partner, Stop and label it. I need your respect; I need you to clean up after yourself; I need you to notice how much I do for you. Once you become […]

Call Out in Longing

Please enjoy the following practice from my book Leap Before You Look, Sounds True, 2008: Call Out in Longing Level of Difficulty ** On the beach or in the forest, Or alone in your room, Call out to the divine to reveal itself to you. Use your real voice and lips To call out in […]

Pure Waiting

With record prices at the pumps, both Freddy and Fannie looking really quite punch drunk, much of California covered in smoke, and an economic forecast gloomier by the day, many people today find that their response to our world has gradually shifted from patient optimism to concern to, well, freakin’ out. As a writer, public […]