How to Practice Peace

Dr James: The practice of peace is eternal and the pain we hold at its seemingly slow arrival heralds the relief we will feel when we no longer need to fight with ourselves. This session will be divided into two parts, the first will be spent calming and focusing the mind, and the other holding onto … Continued

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How To Feel Good All The Time

Dr James: It can seem the case that what we wish for most, ease, peace, friendship, retreats as we approach. What if there was another way? Instead of searching for what we want, we let it emerge. For this sit, we are going to look for glimmers of love in our experience, and see if holding … Continued

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Beyond Time

James: Time: we never have enough of it. Too many things on our daily list, too many books asking us to account for the 4000 weeks that make a life. Our sense of it has become so granular, we rely on the oscillation of cesium atoms to tell us what a second is. Plants, though, don’t … Continued

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“these wide black sleeves”

James: it’s a line i cribbed from the zen poet, Ryokan. he says something like, “the pain of life makes me want to protect everyone. if only these black sleeves were wider, deeper, i’d put everyone inside.” i like the metaphor because I know the feeling. it is a boundless one. as we open ourselves, … Continued

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Trip the Light Fantastick

James: The actual line, from my namesake, John Milton, is this: “Come, and trip it as ye go, On the light fantastick toe.” What I think he’s saying here is: you have fantastic toes. Your whole foot, actually, is pretty cool, hinges of joints, pulleys of tendons and muscles. Don’t even get me started about your face. For this … Continued

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