A note from Carl: “Make of yourself a light,” said the Buddha, before he died. I think of this every morning as the east begins to tear off its many clouds of darkness, to send up the first signal – a white fan streaked with pink and violet, even green. I love this opening line…

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A note from Carl: Yesterday, I was out in a rainstorm – probably one of the most intense downpours I have ever experienced. As the rain began, I noticed a kind of reflex to to brace, to protect myself, to want to run from the trail we were on to the protection of the car.…

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A note from Erin: Good morning! This morning I’m thinking about maitri.  Do you know this word? It’s one of my favorite words in any language. It’s from Sanskrit and it is often translated as something like “unconditional friendliness” or “unconditional warm welcoming.” I remember a powerful point from a teaching given by Pema Chodron in…

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A note from Erin: Hello! I hope this note finds you well and enjoying the season. A few things I want to share with you this morning. First, tomorrow will wrap up my first e-course, the Embody Gratitude Project, and it’s been wonderful! I’ve gotten great feedback at how these simple practices can be so powerful in…

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A note from Carl: This morning over a beautiful breakfast on the porch, (thanks Erin!) I was talking with Philip Shepherd about the topic of his talk tomorrow night, “Recovering Our Senses in the 21st Century.“ As we spoke, I was was reminded of a favorite poem from Hafiz: First the fish needs to say…

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