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Challenging My View of Asperger’s Through Dharma

Challenging My View of Asperger’s Through Dharma Since I was little, I had this sense that I was different, but couldn’t put my finger on what it was. I did well in school and mostly got along with other kids. For sure, some kids sensed that I was a bit “unusual” in my social interactions

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Finding Connection in Aloneness

It’s a feeling that’s unexplainable, but during that week, I had a taste of what it felt like to be deeply connected to something. To something bigger than myself. Bigger than my problems and my struggles.

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When the S*#! Hits the Fan, What Colour is Your Raincoat?

When the S*#! Hits the Fan, What Colour is Your Raincoat? The blow-up had been building for some time. It just needed the right spark to set off the explosion. Now, the shit was flying and if there was ever a time for some good protective clothing, this was it. I don’t like conflict and

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Three Month Stay: I was Iron Ore in the Clear Sky Forge

By Ignacio Dirdam Metallurgy, which is the study of metallic chemistry and its elements, has a long history. From the European blacksmiths of the Middle Ages to the swordsmiths of ancient Japan, old school chemists would take raw earth materials and transform them into something new – something useful, beautiful, and lasting. Even though the

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Making Friends with the Monkey Mind

On the other hand, have you ever experienced sitting down to meditate, and watching the mind gradually calm down? I hope so, and I guess we might call that a “good meditation” compared to ones where we feel like the monkey mind dominated the show.

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How to Be Kind to Yourself

As spiritual warriors, then, we’re trying to stay on the path that leads to awakening. Anytime we veer off the path, or even pause and step off it for a moment, our progress is slowed.

The point of seeing the “sin” is to remember the path we were meant to be on – it’s not about being at fault.

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Are You Up for a Challenge?

While keeping your week and spiritual practice fresh, you also get used to being challenged like this, which loosens you up. When you can’t get what you want, then, or you can’t follow your regular routine, you’re more used to it. You’re less reactive.

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Let’s Talk About x, Baby

When was the last time you had an open, in-depth conversation about your attitude to money? Or to sex?

On such taboo topics, it’s rare that we consciously face what lies underneath our surface reactions and responses to them. Yet, sometimes we have to face them, and it may not be pretty.

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So That Happened – Now What?

How different do your days look recently? Even without the backdrop of a global pandemic, it’s an uneasy feeling to suddenly have our daily structure pulled from under us. This is where many of us find ourselves, with little warning. On top of a collective unease, we’re looking at a major shift in how our

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What I Never Asked My Dad – And Why it Matters Now

I don’t have full recall of that evening, and yet obviously either I didn’t ask, or he didn’t give much of an answer. So, something in me doesn’t expect much of an answer, doesn’t expect to get to the bottom of things. It might be family or cultural conditioning, of course, and yet the why is no longer relevant.

As a spiritual warrior, having seen the pattern, the idea is to see what happens when we consciously try to do something different.

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Learning To Speak Up for Myself

Partly from seeing the different effects of these experiments, I’ve noticed how powerful words can be when we’re in conversations.

Now, I try to be more skillful and flexible when talking with other people.

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I Don’t Have Time to Be Compassionate

I admitted that I find myself walking through the school halls, head down, hoping no one will talk to me – not because I don’t like them, but because I’m thinking “If I talk to them I won’t get to what I need to do to start my day”.

When I’m in this mode, I’m not being kind to myself and I don’t notice what others need, whether it’s just a smile or a few minutes of my time.

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Why You Should Zen-Up Your Space

There’s another benefit to a well-honoured space: it brings out all of our hidden fidgets, shining a light on our inability to sit still. When there’s clutter, anxiousness can hide under the auspices of needing to clean and tidy and organize.

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How I Learned Greater Self Love

Over millennia, spiritual guides have been saying the same thing, that love comes from within and we’re not lacking – for anything. Yet, how often do we look to others for love or our sense of self worth? In my sexual prime, I took up the challenge to try a year of celibacy. I was

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