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David Weiskopf

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David Weiskopf last won the day on January 11

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  1. I have been there—with my dad during his last months before he passed away. It really reveals how much some of us rely on certain fixed perceptions and judgments of how things are and should be. To watch them fall apart really was unnerving. It was also a real lesson about the importance of letting-go of rigid views and expectations in favor of opening with love and generosity to what presents itself...with the ailing parent, oneself, and bewildered loved ones. In hindsight I could have done a lot better. I ask his forgiveness in meditation often. My culture in no way prepares one for this, so
  2. You are on your way! How was Day 1 for you? I just did it myself. Not all people are initially comfortable with following the breath as a meditation object. Was it nice for you? Have you had any prior experience with meditation practice? I personally really like breath practice. It is my basic practice. Sean does a nice job.
  3. OK I'm in. I'll sign up. Actually, I am in a meditation retreat through Sunday, but I'll still get started. Nice working with you.
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  5. If I don’t feel like meditating, before simply giving in I try to examine what is going on that has given rise to an aversion to meditating. Often that settles me right down, but if it doesn’t the next step for me is evaluating my affordable energy. If my tank is empty, then maybe I need sleep or a refreshing exercise. If I’m too agitated, I do some walking meditation or Tai Chi first. If aversion about something else seems to be the problem, then I meditate but start with practices to generate kindness and compassion. It usually makes being with aversion simply part of being what we are that
  6. The How to Recognize Spiritual Bypassing offering is great...and I haven’t even explored the links yet.
  7. I do want to add that, while some truths can be manifestly clear as matters of fact or having an extremely high probability of being so, others require doing a lot of homework, formal practice, and reflection. So, I don’t want to undermine what Gillian is talking about. We see a lot of people who have not done the work even to acknowledge the former, obvious truths, like climate-change deniers and believers in conspiracy theories completely devoid of any supporting evidence. Of course some truths might be more personal than objective, arising from one’s core values and motivations. I like
  8. I am confused. Are the monthly training sessions available to people with Sean’s basic teacher training certification or do we have to enroll in a premium teacher mastermind program?
  9. I have been practicing meditation for approximately 15 years and studying the ancient Buddhist suttas, but I still can be pretty cynical. I never did the 100 Day Challenge. I would be happy to partner with you, but please feel free to look elsewhere if you feel someone else would better match your interests.
  10. I find little about which to be inspired. Too many “spiritual” people seem to invoke Jesus’ last words, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” They seem to take righteous satisfaction in the belief that they are maintaining civility and high moral values. Although their message is coupled with wonderful resolves to pursue personal growth and service of others, it sounds like the ultimate confession of helplessness to me. How do we encourage people to “remember” or reckon with what they refuse to acknowledge? On the one hand, that sort of attitude is a perfect expression of pragma
  11. You might like this Hidden Brain episode on the power of gratitude. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hidden-brain/id1028908750?i=1000499996014
  12. I really want to emphasize what I think is implicit in the others’ responses and that is kind and full acceptance of disliked traits in yourself as distinct from some sort of resignation. Those traits were not chosen by you out of malice but were the result of a wide net of causes and conditions. So, it is like embracing and protecting a wounded child, puppy or kitten—guiding it not to lash out and at the some time nurturing and transforming it. Repression and self-aggression don’t work. I suggest turning the self-critic on its head by kindly telling it: “Of course I see those traits, but far
  13. We have 3 dogs who wake us up anywhere between 4 and 5:30 a.m. I love the routine of taking them out, feeding them, and then making coffee. It’s my fault they get up so early, because when I worked I would set the alarm for 4 or 4:30 so I could sit and quietly sip coffee and pet dogs for an hour before meditating and readying for work. Ha, ha, I wake up as a completely deluded and groggy person. Slowly I orient myself toward the day. The a.m. sit usually has its fill of wonder—I’m here, I’m breathing, and the world is teeming with energy. Too bad much of mankind is set on poisoning it. Wonder
  14. Rick Hanson’s newsletter just addressed how important one’s waking moments are in an essay entitled “Lean into Good on First Waking.” https://www.rickhanson.net/lean-into-good-on-first-waking/
  15. Daniel, I have not encountered any uniformity among Buddhists about these issues (something I actually find distressing, to be honest). Not that it matters, because it is your exploration of them that is important. What struck me as being especially wise in your reflection was your emphasis on compassion. Sean teaches the importance of balancing insight and caring/compassion, balancing the “head” and the “heart.” My teacher basically says something similar—that if your practice is not opening your heart, something is lacking. Of course, an open heart might not guarantee skillful means in conve
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