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  1. Absorbing Energy from Trees

    Should? Only the trees can answer that, Ask permission, be very open and subtle. Connect with your direct inner experience. Do not manufacture or resist, simply rest and listen. Express gratitude for any insight and dedicate the merit to help others.
  2. To address the OP - Safety and efficacy on the Daoist path are excellent, provided you have a personal relationship with a lineage holder. Without that both safety and efficacy are poor. Good luck!
  3. Which books sit on your nightstand?

    Just picked up some fiction this morning at Busboys and Poets in DC (great place!) Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado Two stories in and I'm in awe of her talent.
  4. In discussing the core of all knowledge, how can they be anything but?
  5. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    I think you misunderstand me. I didn't mention trying to help or enlighten anyone. This approach is is for my own practice, my own growth. If it somehow benefits them, that is great! If not, that is equally fine. Whether or not it benefits them is mostly a function of where they're at and if they're ready for a change. I can't control that and attempting to will cause negativity for us both. I take this approach in large part for this very reason. One cannot avoid problems or challenging people but it is possible to turn those very problems into one's spiritual path.
  6. How to sever a soul tie/energetic link with someone

    Do you have a spiritual practice? I think it’s important to approach this with a method you find supportive, something that inspires confidence in you. My approach is to not attempt to break the connection but to feel it, embrace it, be with it fully. I then bring this energetic identity, the one who is attached, the one who feels the connection, into a supportive meditative space (we refer to it as inner refuge). The openness, clarity, and warmth that are naturally there in the refuge allow the identity to lose its hold and, slowly over time, dissolve and ultimately liberate. This is an approach that requires some fundamental familiarity with a supportive meditative space that can fully envelope and withstand whatever challenges I bring with me. Not something anyone can just sit down and do from scratch. Feel free to PM of you want more detail.
  7. Quickly detecting a fool is invaluable

    I try to approach this like silent thunder. When I encounter someone I find to be stuck, opinionated, fixed, unwilling to see an alternative perspective, I do my best to see how I may seem just like that to others, given any particular context or set of circumstances. Whatever view I hold, no matter how convinced I am of its veracity, is limited and relative. When I can see this directly, my irritation, frustration, or impatience towards the other person dissolves and some degree of understanding and compassion remain. Trying to see the other’s point of view, no matter how ridiculous or far-fetched, teaches me far more than simply dismissing them as fools and idiots. The US political landscape has helped me enormously in this regard. That said, it has also taught me to take the approach of not engaging, debating, or arguing, unless I am willing to pay the price. And to be clear, this is my intention, not something I have yet mastered.
  8. What is Nirvana - A post from FB

    Similarly, I’ve leaned away from the word emptiness in favor of words like openness, resting, and spaciousness, depending on context and participants in any given discussion. Emptiness invites the conceptual mind to engage, which often results in the error of nihilism, Words like openness, resting, or spaciousness connote a more practical and experiential approach to my ear that may lead us to direct realization. Genuine realization of emptiness cannot be misinterpreted in a nihilistic way.
  9. What is Nirvana - A post from FB

    It’s actually quite simple, Buddha is awake. All beings are fundamentally Buddha, only their realization is obscured. Many beings awaken in the three times. They manifest in response to the needs of sentient beings.
  10. Haiku Chain

    Buried or else burnt Cabbage is a tasty treat Yum yum then toot toot!
  11. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    Such an important question for practitioners! In my experience, the heart is more the door to the mind’s essence whereas the head and brain are more related to its activity and contents, if that makes any sense. Thoughts are indeed mind, as opposed openness, presence, and warmth, which is its essence. My relationship to heart and mind continues to evolve and refine. I have found the best way forward in this arena is simply trusting and engaging in practice, knowing that it will work and ultimate bring us to clear understanding. If comfortable, prayer is also very valuable. Engaging the conceptual mind obstructs openness and clarity.
  12. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    I don’t want to be a downer but here’s another vote to use a great deal of caution teaching meditation to folks with mental health challenges. While it may be calming to the active mind, meditation eventually exposes suppressed and repressed content. It can be disorienting and lead to feelings of depersonalization for some. The folks you’ll working with may be very raw and sensitive and may go too deep too fast. I would agree with focusing on practices that help integrate mind and body as mental illness breaks down that connection. Anything that is grounding is advisable. Standing, walking, simple qigong, easy taiji, and calisthenics would all be safe and healing, IMO. I’m happy to hear you have an opportunity to help these folks who are so vulnerable and often neglected. Don’t forget to all take care of yourself.
  13. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    Fun discussion. Getting on a plane right now. I look forward to seeing what has transpired when I next check in.
  14. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    Nothing wrong with dying... People do it all the time!
  15. Meditation - Doing vs Non-Doing

    I agree, it happens both with and without training depending on the individual. It is simply a transient state although it can be quite prolonged and profound. I did not mean to imply the mind is never quiet. Thought and activity of mind will eventually resume and continue as long as we are alive. My point is that our meditation should eventually be stable with and without the activity of mind, speech, and body. Quieting the mind is simply the first step toward identifying the mind’s nature, independent of its contents. Once that nature is realized with certainty, we rest there as consistently as possible and any activity eventually loses its power to disturb. If our meditation is limited to times of a quiet mind, we are missing enormous opportunity to practice and grow. Once again, just my opinion and observation.