Archives for February 2013

Side by Side

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. Experience opens us to humility and humility opens us to compassion, which means to suffer with, to keep company with, to be with. Nothing can as strong and soft at the same time as compassion.   Side by Side Until we trip, we don’t understand why it [Read More…]

Come with Me

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. I was on retreat, in deep silence and solitude, when I felt a moment of great aliveness and a sudden want to share that sense. It led to this poem, which I thought was a song for company. It was only upon reading it later that I [Read More…]

How to Return to Your Center

This article by Mark is featured on Oprah.com today. We all have moments of clarity and then we’re confused. We’re awake and then we’re numb. We’re buoyant and then we’re down. Just as we inhale and exhale constantly, our wakefulness ebbs and flows. The practice of being human is the practice of coming awake, staying [Read More…]

E Dai

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. There are teachers everywhere. Every culture and tradition on Earth has quiet teachers and customs that are time-tried and still relevant. This teaching comes from Brazil.   E Dai When in Brazil, my friend David encountered the phrase E daí (ay-die-ee), which is Portuguese for “And then?” [Read More…]

Care

Read Mark’s weekly reflections on The Huffington Post. It’s a recurring lesson that, try as we do, the things that matter can’t be prepared for, only met. In this way, preparation requires being fully awake and present, more than anticipating every possible outcome. Meeting life over anticipating life lets us be surprised by care.   [Read More…]