Julie’s 2009 Fall Schedule

  Sunrise Walks in the labyrinth-Spiral August 10th through the 15th. (5:30am to 7:30 am). The spiral is in full bloom. I take my walk around 5:30 but will keep an eye out for you. Just drive on up and park on the drive way. Sun rises over the hill around 5:45. The address is E3298 County Rd B. 6 miles west of Plain on County Rd B. Of course this is free and open. On SATURDAY the 15th, the labyrinth will be open to the public until NOON.  (Please bring appropriate walking shoes). There is still room in the Spiritual Journaling Class … Continue reading

Prostrations to the Three Jewels

The three jewels of Buddhism are the Buddha, the Dharma (truth/wisdom) and the Sangha (spiritual community). So where is the Buddha? Where is the dharma? Where can we find enlightenment, freedom, and truth? Where is our spiritual community? That which you seek, whatever it is, will be found in giving up the search and simply focus on the practice itself. If it is the Buddha we seek, all we have to do is practice.  It is also through the practice of our spiritual principles that we are protected. For example, when difficulty happens to me instead of getting angry, afraid, or … Continue reading

Not Getting All Caught Up

  It is so important that we learn to trust our experiences while at the same time not get caught up in them. We do get to have this human experience with all the emotional, physical and psychological phenomena. It is when we get caught up in our experiences and come to believe, “This is me,” or “This is it,” that we become attached to certain experiences and emotional states and then consequently we suffer. Through the cultivation of attention and other mindfulness practices we come to be more the witness of our life, — when we witness sadness or … Continue reading

The Causes of Suffering and its Remedy

  We began this session with a Chakra Breath Meditation. This is breathing into and out of each Chakra. Breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth, without any gap between the in breath and the out breath. As you breathe in, you breathe in any energy lost to issues related that particular Chakra (see below); as you breathe out you release all that no longer serves you. When you breathe in you are retrieving lost energy. You are recapitulating your energy lost to negative interactions and agreements. This is cleansing and waking up the potentialities within these … Continue reading

Basic Mindfulness Sitting Practice

 This evening we began with twenty minutes of mindfulness meditation practice. To help clear the mind and prepare the body for meditation this simple yogic breath is helpful:  Using your thumb and pointer finger hold your right nostril with your right thumb and breath in through the left nostril. Then on the exhale release the thumb and press the finger against the left nostril and exhale through the right nostril. Do this three times. Nice deep breaths. Then do the same with three breaths breathing in from the right nostril and you hold the left closed, and breath out your … Continue reading

A Little Freedom Can Go A Long Way

“ . . . Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul and your very flesh shall be a great poem.” –Walt Whitman, taken from his Preface to Leaves of Grass Too often we live from our pain stories, while thinking and acting habitually. As a result, we carry more weight on our bodies than is healthy, are not active, cycle in and out of difficulty, find ourselves confronted with the same old problems (may be different faces but the same issue) and repeat and see the past. … Continue reading