Author Archives: Michael Stevens

Dying Words

Nov 26, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dying Words

If you are a practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism, you will eventually come across teachings about the dying process referred to as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The Tibetan title is Bardo Thödol which is translated as, “Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State.” This book is meant to compassionately guide a person through theRead more …

Dehydrated Awareness

Nov 19, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dehydrated Awareness

There is dry and then there is dry. I am speaking of the kind of dryness one might experience in the desert. Here in the high desert of central Oregon, depending on the location, we have an average of between eight and twelve inches of precipitation per year. But sometimes we do not even reachRead more …

My Father’s Table

Nov 15, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on My Father’s Table

Many years ago, my father purchased a dining table with a hand carved wooden base from a Mexican artist south of the border. He carted it to his home in Sedona, Arizona, and went to work setting individual tiles of brown, yellow, and white, into the recessed top. Each tile hosted a little mandala, aRead more …

Restarting Life

Nov 13, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Restarting Life

I saw a documentary about an organization called reStart, referring to restarting a life after escaping the snare of internet addiction. This was the first residential digital addiction recovery center in the U.S. Many people have become emotionally “disregulated” through preoccupation with social media and gaming. Those platforms have actually disconnected us from each otherRead more …

I’ve Looked At Clouds …

Nov 11, 2019 | Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on I’ve Looked At Clouds …

As children, we stared upwards and saw clouds morph into shapes of bunnies and dragons, mountains and valleys, smiling gods and wrathful demons. We occupied a mind closer to the mythopoeic (myth-making) minds of the ancients. All our mythologies arise from a time when people saw the world as an interplay of supramundane realities—palaces andRead more …