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Attached to The Suffering

Attached to Suffering – Following The Script for the Modern Happy Life Settling for A Normal Life From the time I was a young boy I struggled with the big questions in life. What happens when we die? Is there a God? What is the right way to live? These questions filtered through all of

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Learning To Meditate Off The Cushion- Clear Sky Center

Learning To Integrate Mindfulness

Learning To Meditate Off The Cushion It’s amazing when you enter a clear and radiant state on the meditation cushion. But can you keep it as you put the cushion away? How about during difficult times? In 2019, I participated in Clear Sky’s Karma Yoga program (Three-Month Intensive). During the program, the founding teachers Qapel

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

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

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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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Why I do regular retreats

One of our regular blog contributors, and the Secretary of our Board of Directors, Dan O’Brien, has just completed another cabin retreat at Clear Sky. Before he went into retreat, he wrote the following thoughts about why he does regular meditation retreats. Dan: One of the key ways I nurture myself is by taking the

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Are You Using Transitions as a Meditation?

Do you find it tough transitioning from your working day back into your home life? Or going into work on Monday morning after a weekend with friends and family?

It’s a whole other shift of gears to transition into the energy of a retreat center.

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Learning to Trust

Community – I guess for some people this is easy, yet for me it’s an area that I have struggled with for many years. It feels like climbing Mount Everest.

So, for a month, I pretended that my teacher hadn’t said what he did.

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Don’t you smell that, too? – I think we need to talk.

One thing that can happen when you think there’s an unacknowledged stink in the room is that doubt can creep in. Nobody else is mentioning it, after all! Although I want to say something, I’m questioning whether it’s just my reaction and maybe there’s nothing going on at all.

I have a way of dealing with this.

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How I ended up living in a spiritual community

Some moments move in fast forward. You blink, and it’s gone. Some moments move more like car accidents, and time seems to stop. When I smashed my roommate’s vase, it was one of those slow moments. A shift in the being Things had started changing a year prior, when I discovered meditation. A friend told

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