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Yawn

This is a practice from my book Leap Before You Look. At any time of the day, Evening or night, Make yawning into a conscious practice. No need to wait until you feel like it: Yawn anyway. Open your jaw wide and stretch it. Make it a big yawn. Take a deep breath, Into the […]

Exchange Personalities Over Dinner

Here’s a practice from my book Leap Before You Look.Over family dinner, With your spouse and children, or your parents and siblings or even a group of your friends, Swap personalities among yourselves. Have everyone write their name down on a small piece of paper, And place all the names in a bowl. Mix them […]

The Paradox of Practice

  I was just in a little Facebook conversation with Din Robinson and Darshana about the nuanced relationship between awakening and practice.  Here is part of the introduction to “Leap Before You Look.”   Enjoy!!!! Meet Fred. From a very early age, Fred had felt that something was missing in his life. Quite early on, after […]

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 […]