a creative path for mindful practice
This blog will be a combination of dharma writings and creative works that come from practice, mine and yours. I will post images, writing, audio, and other endeavors that evolve from reflective meditation. This gentle, thoughtful, open orientation allows us to receive all kinds of unknown creative seeds in meditation, and then discover choices on how to be with, tame, sustain, encourage and enhance those seeds, both in the meditation sitting, and upon reflection and sharing with others. Following an innovative and friendly path combines our current intentions and understanding, and brings kind and caring attention into this very world we live in now.
Please contact me if you would like to contribute something to this blog. Tell us your process of how it came to be, and what it means to you. A committee of reflective meditation teachers will offer friendly consideration for your contribution and will help determine when it will be posted.
June 8, 2018 Hi Linda, Winton, Ramsey: I was contemplating our first online study group and the discussion. The irritation came about the “Ultimate Concerns” in connection with the 4P’s. If you ask me Linda what are my concerns or what would I add to these 4P’s then it is Joy. But I sense there is a mistake in the question. Looking at Stephen’s Book and how he writes about the 4P’s I understand this 4 P’s
A few weeks ago I suggested to some of the reflective meditation teachers to write something about Gratitude within the Buddhist teachings. I have become more and more inspired by the history of dharma teachings through conversations, and I wanted to see what a written conversation might look like. What emerged is a creative, secular endeavor – a written conversation from modern times; there was no written language in the time of the Buddha. We hope
A nine minute audio recording from Linda and meditators in San Luis Obispo, CA Because I don’t quite get to an adequate explanation of ‘bottom line’ in the talk, I will say here that the intention behind using the phrase is for meditators to explore their values and why they have a meditation practice. Listening before you meditate, and then reflecting can contribute to a meditation practice that values your own unique understandings. https://satisangha.org/wp-content/uploads/Bottom-Line-Meditation.mp3
Meeting online for our first After Buddhism study group, meditators who practice recollective awareness and reflective meditation joined us from California, Washington, Maryland, and Michigan, as well as eastern and south Australia. All of us have been practicing recollective awareness and reflective meditation, so we have had plenty of permission to broaden the definition of meditation and other Pali words from Buddhist teachings. However, in our discussion with Winton and Ramsey, the suggestion to broaden
A meditator’s question: In your orientation towards meditation, I want to question what seems like a bias that this practice is more “natural”. Can you say a few things about this? Linda’s response: These days in teaching, I don’t tend to use the word “natural” about our practice, and yet, many meditators speak about the ease and relaxation that comes from taking a more “natural” (relaxed, fitting with their body type) posture, or how having a sense of play and spontaneity return
a 15 minute conversation with Janet Keyes and Nina Asher, hosted by Linda Modaro https://satisangha.org/wp-content/uploads/Poetry-Meditation-Reflection-Dharma.mp3 “poetry is evidence that the heart thinks. and the mind feels.” — Nayyirha Waheed Personal Conversations Our sangha put out an eJournal in 2017 hoping to promote conversations about reflective meditation, creativity, and finding your own voice/path. The online conversation in March with Nelly Kaufer about her Unconventional Glossary of Buddhist Qualities was recorded but the poor sound quality leaves us needing to re-record. This month I spoke with Janet Keyes (Self-Improvement
The Zen center of Los Angeles on a warm Saturday morning June of 1975. I’d come down to ZCLA from my home in Highland Park to practice Zazen with the Sangha. Every available window was open to catch any air that might be stirring. This meant that any stray sound or smell was free to wander in as well; and they did.I was sitting close to a window that faces across a narrow driveway to an
A half-hour conversation between Anna Markey, Nelly Kaufer, and Linda Modaro “A realistic meditation practice for human beings like us.” — Maria Arrigo https://satisangha.org/wp-content/uploads/Sati-Sangha-Directed-and-Open-Meditation-Choices.mp3
Come now, little old lady. Come and sit quietly here in this rocking chair beside me. Tell me: are you sailing at last into quiet waters, your mind a spacious okay with what is? Your old dog following behind? No! Oh come now! At your age? A new boat? You? crawling through hatches, leaping shore-ward, crashing your vessel into pylons, wharves, channel markers, buoys, and jetties? Come now! Your knees won’t bend You cannot squat
Dharma Talk and Meditation Prompt from Linda Modaro. 9 minute talk, 30 minute silent meditation sitting https://satisangha.org/wp-content/uploads/Roles-in-Life-and-Meditation-Practice.mp3