Friday, February 22, 2013

Intimacy - Richard Miller

We all have the innate yearning to feel intimately connected, both to the world outside, but more importantly to ourselves. We all share the deep needs to be seen, heard, and belong.
When our intimacy needs go unfulfilled, we feel unwelcomed both by our self, and by the so-called outside world. We then live disconnected, in reaction, trying to ingest indigestible judgments from our inner critic, and/or from the outside world, such as: “How could I be so…?or, I’m unlovable.” or, Something’s wrong with me.”

To truly feel intimately connected we first need to feel intimately connected with ourselves. Only then can we respond, rather than react to the world around and within. Only then can we truly realize the deep intimacy of Being, in which we realize that everything we are in intimate contact with is our own self. In reality, there is no other, there is only the One self, that we are each a unique expression of. In order to live true intimacy, we need to inquire,What is it that life wants to live as me?” rather than, “What do I want?” Only when “I” and “Thy” are a unified movement will we be at peace and truly feel the intimacy that is our birthright.

Silence nourishes inner inquiry, where we are able to see, hear, respond to, and heal the inner splits that otherwise prevent our experiencing true intimacy. I look forward to having you on one of our retreats this year, at Santa Sabina in May, Kripalu in August, or Edmonton in October, where you can take the time to truly stop, look within, and realize the deep healing that enables you to live your true undivided and intimate place in the universe.

~ Richard Miller,

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

2 Quotes by Pema

“We think that the point is to pass the test or to overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart.”
― Pema Chödrön

“Rather than letting our negativity get the better of us, we could acknowledge that right now we feel like a piece of shit and not be squeamish about taking a good look.”
― Pema Chödrön,
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times