The story of a lifetime.

This is exactly how it is supposed to be, always was. All the forces of the universe, the same ones hammering stars into stars into stars, every chemical collision and thought pattern has made it come true, and there’s nowhere else to be, no other place worth trusting except this one. What matters most is not what was lost or what might have been, but what I’m losing wishing the story in front of me away.

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It’s always been this way.

“Each of you is perfect the way you are … and you can use a little improvement.”   ― Shunryu Suzuki  Happy new year, we say, as the earth, at a hundred thousand miles an hour, whips a full ellipse around the sun. Happy new day, headlines claim, in whatever side sees the starshine and billions … Continued

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What’s the sound of one foot out the door?

A common strategy for many of us in everyday life is to keep our emotions veiled, private even to ourselves. As explorers, we dig in. We create the conditions for feelings to emerge, by aligning our hearts and minds to what beats through us.  With practice, we thread the arrow of our attention into that place where all maps meet: our living heart, and the river that rushes through it.

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What Remains

We practice letting go so there’s room enough for what matters most. In our CEC hive-mind, letting go forms an essential part of a practice, a necessary antipode to the striving, the claiming, the aspirational special states like the one where you might glimpse, just briefly, if you stare into a bright light long enough, a universe kept afoot by a platoon of microscopic capuchin monkeys.

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Rock and Roll as Path

JAMES: So we decided December is about rock’n’roll?

JEFF: It’s the perfect way to end the year

ERIN: Can we smash guitars?

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