Reflective Meditation: 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.
by Linda Modaro Like awareness, a photograph can catch a moment in time, say a thousand words, and express a mixture of mood and feeling.  The view co-mingles with clarity, shadows, and other unknown elements. By looking and re-looking, we have access to so much more than what appears in the frame; what we were thinking at the time, the way we fit in our bodies, our relationships with the location and people with us. Momentary
Dharma Prompts, General
By Josh Summers As part of my ongoing conversation series for www.meaningoflife.tv, I’ve had the great pleasure to connect with David Barash, professor emeritus of psychology – specifically evolutionary psychology – at the University of Washington. In this conversation, David unpacks the convergences and divergences between Buddhist views of the world and those of a biology. David’s book: “Buddhist Biology” Where Buddhism and biology converge The interconnected world Karma in Buddhism and biology David’s “existential-bio-Buddhism”
General, Guest Contributors
By Sumi Loundon Kim I once asked a university psychologist which undergraduates survived crisis better, be it the onset of debilitating depression, addiction, a car accident, or death in the family: those who’d grown up with a spiritual path, or those who didn’t? Without hesitation he said that students with a spiritually grounded childhood, whether they continued with that or not as young adults, not only got through their crisis but also personally grew from
Creative Writing, Guest Contributors
We like to think that because we have learned to know our various mind states we ought to be able to order up our preferred ones, like on Amazon We think self-awareness should reduce envy or that if we are really good meditators, we won’t feel the sting of envy at all, or the need for more chocolate In any given moment we take on faith the feeling This is Me, rather than seeing how many different
Creative Writing, Guest Contributors
There are different types of suffering in the world. There is the suffering we cause ourselves through craving, hate and delusion, that we need to wake up from. And there is the suffering that comes from life’s catastrophes, which cannot be stopped, though we can perhaps lessen the suffering they cause. And then there is the suffering of humanity that comes from the cruelty of injustice, that plays out in countless ways every day, across
General, Guest Contributors
I remember being in the jungle in Guatemala, looking up at the lush canopy of overgrowth and being mesmerized by spider monkeys swinging gracefully from branch to branch. I never knew where each monkey would go next or how they would move. This seemed like freedom and it looked good to me. So how then did monkey mind get such a bad rap in the meditative and mindfulness world? I purposely titled this piece “Take
Creative Writing, Guest Contributors  
Simple definitions of teachings in Buddhadharma: Dependent arising or Conditionality Within our experience, nothing arises in isolation; when this arises, so does that, with the arising of this, so that arises, refers back to multiplicity and a variety of conditions that make up experience Interconnectedness Within our experience, everything is connected; there is no true separation different than appearances, refers back to the idea that all things are of the same underlying reality The early
Dharma Prompts, General
By Linda Modaro “Like trusted friends are a safe place to pour out your heart; meditation is, too.” In life and in meditation intense emotions may elicit self-diagnoses.  As feelings amp up and escalate you may begin to label yourself: depressed, anxious, addicted, co-dependent, suicidal, psychotic, homicidal…. crazy. A tendency to self-label may be useful at first; you might take a situation more seriously if things have gotten “that bad”.  The label makes things clear
Dharma Prompts, General

March 1, 2017

Secret Lists

By Linda Modaro Over the years, I have kept a secret list of what Buddhist meditation teachers do not do. They do not: sing country music and rock themselves during meditation give dharma talks on love watch TV series like ‘The Good Wife’ all day on a Sunday, five episodes in a row like a marathon have intense feelings of shame or low self-esteem; old as multiple lifetimes, physical as DNA This is not, by
Dharma Prompts
To: Recollective Awareness Meditation practitioners From: An eBook Organizing Committee / Linda Modaro, Janet Keyes, Wendy Liepman, Laura Bennett, Erin Harrop Greetings dear meditators, We have come together to preserve and document the many voices that have evolved in our approach to meditation.  One suggestion that arose simultaneously among us was to create an eBook that can provide a forum for our voices to be heard, and where we can express our relationship to this
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