The Delusion of Separateness

There seems to be a sense of disorientation, disjointedness and overall running around in circles happening in the world today.  And for some reason, many of us think that we’re the only ones who are feeling it; as if it’s our own personal failing. As we move into the changing of seasons, this is the perfect time to re-connect to ourselves as nature – beings who are subject to aging, illness and death, and who are ultimately part of this interwoven, interconnected and intertwined web of life.

Tips for Practice

Sit with a Buddy

Historically, I have had a terrible time sitting on my own at home. Especially when there are dishes to wash, windows to stare out of and Netflix just so very close!  I have found that connecting to practice with a friend over Zoom, a phone call or a small group that is committed to sitting together 1 day a week, has been incredibly helpful.

Staying Connected to the Body

Remembering that we are nature, my practice has been focused on watching the arising, abiding and passing away of the breath, sensations and emotions. Keeping this connection to body as nature, has allowed me to find a sense of ease and flow, even with the hard stuff.

Let go of the notion of a “good meditation”:

Remembering that EVERYTHING IS PRACTICE! From the mind that is running around, the body that is achey, the delusion that my practice “should be” like this after all these years. Not pushing away, but allowing all of it to be part of our practice is the foundation of mindfulness.

Talks that Inspired

Phillip Moffitt: http://dharmawisdom.org/teachings/videos/roots-suffering-greed-aversion-and-delusion

Andrea Fella: https://www.audiodharma.org/talks/audio_player/7674.html

Books that Inspired

‘Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer

‘The Way of Tenderness: Awakening through Race, Sexuality and Gender’ by Zenzu Earthlyn Manuel

‘Time to Stand Up: An Engaged Buddhist Manifesto for Our Earth’ by Thanissara