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WORKING WITH DESIRE

In TRAINING by Beth Lee-Herbert4 Comments

The radical notion of allowing ourselves to be nourished by the hunger of desire is a turning towards the desire, rather than our automatic turning away from desire. We turn away from our desire by chasing the object of our desire.

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GUIDE FOR PEACEFUL RESISTANCE

In ACTIVISM by Beth Lee-Herbert4 Comments

This is a time for skillful and effective action, informed by meditation practice, inspired by compassion. With the rise of the far right movements emphasizing racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, and more, for me, sitting on the cushion, though always vital, is no longer enough.

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ALLOWING DISSOLUTION

In LIFE by Beth Lee-Herbert1 Comment

We know if we work hard enough, life will eventually come to blossoming fruition. But lately I’m realizing that is just not true. Or at least it is only half the story. The other half of the story is dissolution: the way things fall apart.

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THE DISCONTENT OF HAPPY ENDINGS

In SACRED WORLD by Beth Lee-Herbert3 Comments

We long for resolution. We long for life to wrap itself in the pretty package of a happy ending. Sometimes we seek fulfillment from material things, sometimes spiritual, sometimes from life itself: falling in love, finalizing the divorce, having a baby, finishing the degree, finding the perfect job, retiring.

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POEMS FROM A RETREAT CABIN

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-Herbert1 Comment

I sit in the same seat, staring at the same sky, as I have the last three years, on the bones of the morning, fleshing out with joyful diligence my heart’s expanse, that lucid cognizance, the sun’s rays bring to the sky.

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THERE IS NO PUNISHMENT

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Beth Lee-Herbert1 Comment

When we encounter suffering in our lives, we sometimes incorrectly view it as punishment. For some of us, this comes from our childhood sense of a punishing God. We are suffering because God is punishing us for being bad. This is not a Buddhist view.

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MISTAKEN COMPASSION

In TRAINING by Beth Lee-Herbert4 Comments

Even with the best of intentions to generate compassion, there are ways we go astray by deluding ourselves. This becomes apparent when, instead of feeling nurtured by offering compassion in thought or deed, we are left with the bitter taste of negative emotion.

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LONELY CABIN IN THE PINES

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-Herbert2 Comments

A poem about experiences from a three year retreat: Lonely cabin in the pines in front, the boundless sky empty-clarity vast as mind behind, the rising ridge a fortress of fearless confidence vast and held, here I dwell.

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THE RED POPPY

In POETRY by Beth Lee-HerbertLeave a Comment

Spiritual awakening is an experience of the heart not the mind; once we drop into our heart and feel the natural longing for the divine, can our hearts begin to open, revealing the divine with us all along.

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MOUNTAIN LION RETREAT

In RETREAT by Beth Lee-HerbertLeave a Comment

The night was pitch-black, the empty sky littered with countless stars. I lay silently in bed, my mind churning with thoughts. I was at the end of three-year retreat in solitude, meditating alone in a cabin in the woods.

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GRATITUDE

In GRACEFUL LIVING by Beth Lee-HerbertLeave a Comment

The cornerstone of my spiritual life can be summed up with one word: gratitude. Without gratitude, no matter how “spiritual” I might look or act, my heart is closed and cold, and there is no room for the mystery of the divine.