Author Archives: Michael Stevens

The Same Thing

Jan 22, 2020 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Same Thing

I have been asked the same question lately. “How do I deal with strong emotions regarding (fill in the blank).” The current volatility of things like political ideology and environmental concern is surfacing some very strong feelings. I have addressed dealing with emotions and habitual thoughts in my recent Dharma Journal entries, but maybe IRead more …

Obscurations

Jan 20, 2020 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Obscurations

Lately, the sky has been overcast. The clouds throw a blanket across the sun, making everything seem  dull and grey. It is hard to maintain a ‘sunny’ disposition. Even though the light shines brightly above the water vapor shield, I am likely to spend too much time contemplating the darkness—unless I remember the light. CloudsRead more …

Perfect Tension

Jan 15, 2020 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Perfect Tension

The word ignorance or delusion in the Sanskrit language is avidya: “misunderstanding” or “not seeing clearly.” The inability to see things clearly arises from the mind’s habits. So, when we are observing any life event, we are only seeing the habit—until the habit is liberated. We only see what we expect to see until ourRead more …

The Wrath of Love

Jan 8, 2020 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Wrath of Love

A basic fact of unconditional love is that it surfaces any condition we would place on love. If we develop our capacity to love unconditionally, we will inevitably have moments that will challenge our illusory assumptions about love. This is as it should be, since most of us have adopted such illusions as truth. WeRead more …

Time and Mind

Dec 28, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Time and Mind

We are now in a bardo, an “in-between,”—this time between Christmas and the New Year. Of course, this is only one perspective. As I write this, we are on the fifth day of Hanukkah and the second day of Kwanzaa. There seems to be a concentration of activities near the winter solstice and new (solar)Read more …