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Lions Roar : November 2008
SHAMBHALA SUN NOVEMBER 2008 111 Lost Coast Press 800-773-7782 At bookstores and online “... subtle, delicate, and beautiful — each a thought provoking gem.” Elizabeth Marshall Thomas “I am much taken by the beauty and abundance of these elegant, sharply-etched epiphanies. The Buddha spirit walks through these stories, resolving every one.” William Carpenter Stories of emotional and spiritual breakthroughs in the lives of ordinar y people Weight Loss Through Meditation! Psychologist and lifelong Buddhist Eva Carlsson shows how specific breathing and meditation techniques can provide the perfect foundation for a successful weight loss program. Achieve dramatic and sustainable weight loss through a holistic, healthy and stress-free approach to weight management. www.WeightFreeHorizons.com HAND-MADE ONE-OF-A-KIND JUZU BEADS A magnificent selection of High quality GEMSTONES, FRESH WATER PEARLS, and CZECH FIRE-POLISHED GLASS BEADS Terrific SPECIALS • A multitude of choices Exciting NEW items added frequently Custom orders welcomed email@example.com 520-881-1909 waves are rising fifty percent of the time and falling the other fifty percent. Instead of fighting the down cycles of our emo- tional life, we need to learn to keep our seat on the surfboard and have a full, con- scious experience of going down. Especial- ly in a culture that is addicted to “up,” we especially need our “yes” when the down cycles unfold—to be willing to fall apart, retreat, slow down, be patient, let go. For it’s often at the bottom of a down cycle, when everything looks totally bleak and miserable, that we finally receive a flash of insight that lets us see the hidden con- tours of some huge ego fixation in which we’ve been stuck all our life. Having a full, conscious experience of the down cycle as it’s occurring, instead of fighting or tran- scending it, lets us be available for these moments of illumination. While the highlands of absolute love are most beautiful, few but the saints can spend all their time there. Relative human love is not a peak experience nor a steady state. It wavers, fluctuates, waxes and wanes, changes shape and intensity, soars and crashes. “This is the exalted melan- choly of our fate,” writes Buber, describ- ing how moments of I/Thou communion cannot last too very long. Yet though re- lationships participate fully in the law of impermanence, the good news is that this allows new surprises and revelations to keep arising endlessly. Relationship as Koan Relating to the full spectrum of our ex- perience in the relational charnel ground leads to a self-acceptance that expands our capacity to embrace and accept others as well. Usually our view of our partners is colored by what they do for us—how they make us look or feel good, or not— and shaped by our internal movie about what we want them to be. This of course makes it hard to see them for who they are in their own right. Beyond our movie of the other is a much larger field of personal and spiritual possibilities, what Walt Whitman referred to when he said, “I contain multitudes.” These “multitudes” are what keep a rela- NOV 106-120.indd 111 NOV 106-120.indd 111 9/1/08 12:25:58 PM 9/1/08 12:25:58 PM