The less there was of me, the happier I got alvin January 7, 2017 - 3:05pm

A quote from this article:

“You know who said it best? Leonard Cohen. He meditated all those years at Mt. Baldy Zen Center, often for twelve hours at a time. In an interview, he said his storyline just wore itself out. He got so bored with his dramatic storyline. And then he made the comment, ‘The less there was of me, the happier I got.’”

What to do on those days when you just can’t meditate

This morning I’m reminded of a favorite meditation tip: Some days when you try to meditate, it just doesn’t work. On those days just put in your time on the cushion, or try to make game of it. Get up when the timer goes off, have a cookie, but don’t punish yourself for being a “bad meditator.” New wrinkles in the brain aren’t easily made.

But then on those days when it comes easily and naturally, turn off the timer/alarm, think, “Surf’s up, dude,” and ride that wave as long and as hard as you can. Good rides like these make those struggles worthwhile.

Happy New Year & Namaste

The primary agenda for doing insight practices alvin August 22, 2015 - 10:44am

I’m not 100% sure, but this style of writing looks an awful lot like it comes from Daniel Ingram’s book, Mastering The Core Teachings of the Buddha: An Unusually Hardcore Dharma Book. (I posted this on Facebook back in early 2014, so I can’t remember for sure.)

Chillin’ on an astral plane

I was on an astral plane somewhere last night, just hanging out, meditating in a circle with some other universal souls. Then some guy appears in the middle of our circle and starts blabbering like a madman. I tried to make sense of what he was saying, but it was all incoherent crazy nonsense.

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