Pain is Good News, by Michelle Welch

Pain is Good News, by Michelle Welch I have a lot of physical conditions that cause pain, including two bad discs in my lower back that really act up during a long sitting. Recently I attended a weekend Level, and during my interview with the meditation instructor, when I sat down in the chair gingerly … Continue 

Shambhala Times First Annual Midwinter Haiku Contest

Copied from http://shambhalatimes.org/2014/11/19/first-annual-midwinter-haiku-contest/ Request for Entries from the Poetry Editorial Board for the Shambhala Times if I held it in my hands my hot tears would melt it — autumn frost basho 1684 As we write this, the days are fast growing shorter, the leaves have all fallen, mornings are frosted. What better time to … Continue 

Offering Care for the Caregiver: Phoenix Shambhala Center Lessons Learned by Amy Kemp

Offering Care for the Caregiver: Phoenix Shambhala Center Lessons Learned by Amy Kemp It was a beautiful October day in Phoenix. The sky was clear and the morning air had a crisp chill; this is when all Arizonans remember why they live here. A group of sangha friends pulled up to a conference hotel nestled … Continue 

“Wild” A book review by Michelle Welch

“Wild”: A book review by Michelle Welch “Wild” made a big splash when it came out several years ago: bestseller lists, featured on Oprah, and other things that triggered my basic snobbery and made me not want to read it. I wouldn’t have read it at all if I hadn’t chosen it at random to … Continue 

Distraction by Michelle Welch

Distraction, by Michelle Welch I was reading the May issue of Shambhala Sun, and I was struck by one of the articles on distraction. A sidebar in this article discusses a 4-part contemplation practice. It is not available on the Shambhala Sun website, but briefly, it involved the following: “Part 1: Imagine going to a … Continue 

Fragile Ego by Michelle Welch

Fragile Ego, by Michelle Welch If you’re a writer and you’re trying to do anything but self-publish exclusively, you’re going to have to face rejection. My first agent hunt involved 8 rejection letters; my second, four. I have a raft of rejections from years of submitting short stories to publishers. Most of them are polite … Continue 

“10% Happier”: A book review by Michelle Welch

Book Review: 10% Happier, by Dan Harris Review by Michelle Welch If I hadn’t made my way to a meditation center before reading this book, I certainly would have after reading it. Now I want to keep copies at hand to give to everyone who asks me what the heck is meditation and why would … Continue 

All Over the Internet, by Michelle Welch

All Over the Internet, by Michelle Welch   I’ve been reading and listening to a number of online resources as I explore Buddhist thought, and I’d like to share some of them.   Shambhala Times: Shambhala’s official community news hub includes articles by and about the Sakyong, featured news, and posts by Shambhala members from … Continue 

Meditation and Irony, by Michelle Welch

Meditation and Irony, by Michelle Welch   I’m a writer, for those who don’t already know. There’s a big dichotomy between being a writer and being a meditator, namely that writing requires you to be stuck in your head, conceptualizing everything, nearly all the time.   Over the last few weeks I had a specific … Continue 

How other religious traditions explore non-attachment

How other religious traditions explore non-attachment Post by Michelle Welch I love to read Patheos.com. The website is a compendium of religious information – from Catholic and Jewish to Pagan and Atheist. A wealth of definitions and dogma can be found, from basic tenets to in-depth discussions, but I especially enjoy reading the blogs. Practitioners … Continue