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Gone Beyond and Still Here
"Joan" was reabsorbed into timeless spaciousness at "12:30pm" on "March 21" in "Montreal."
Ever our beloved teacher, she was speaking out about the mystery of reabsorption right up until the dissolution of speech. Some of her very last words were:

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Body Sensing Hiking
Here in these mountains (see photo above), it is so quiet that everything becomes a metaphor for everything else. Although marked trails and destinations may be known, as it were, just wandering about off-trail happens by itself, there being no need to get anywhere in particular.
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Back to the Source
Still hanging out here in the Southwest (see photo above, once again) where the first tiny, improbable spring flowers are breaking parched ground, and the grey-green beginnings of lupen leafings appear in the canyons while patches of snow disappear from the peaks. A forest fire rages in the next range, 50 miles west, only 5% contained. Everything is changing. And nothing.
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If Only
"Everything would be perfect if only..."  How long is the list?

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Yoga and Creativity
At the heart of the Kashmiri Tantric tradition is the effulgence of Pure Creativity, whether at the cosmic dimension as the Absolute takes manifestation as form, or at the individual level as silence emerges into word, sound and image.
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Not News
So here's the not-news:
Just in case there was any confusion about This, the me-costume we are wearing is not permanent. In good times it could be seen as bad news. In bad times it could be seen as good news.
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Famous Last Words
Here are some famous last words: "Mehr licht" ("more light") - Goethe... "Ram" - Gandhi
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Living in the Unknown
Life is full of surprises!   We are always living in the unknown but we do not always know it. We only know it when something takes us by surprise. We may be pleasantly surprised or we may object vigorously, but ultimately, Life prevails.
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Life's Variety Show
And so the daily business and the immensity continue. Snow is melting in the northeast, creeks are drying up in the southwest, all against the backdrop of the changeless. Sky is sky, no matter what is falling out of it or evaporating back into it.
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Living in the Unknown, Part 2

Still living in the unknown, dancing on the high-wire of plans and no-plans. At either end of the wire, the stability of Home, to either side, the spaciousness of Home. Somewhere in between there is the condition alternating between "I-can't-make-plans-because-of-my-uncertain-health," and "Carry on, regardless."
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This Dying Business
This dying business is very interesting. First of all, one never knows how long it will last - six months? a year? two? - thus shining quite a bright light on the present moment, if it was not there already.
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Passing the Torch
One of the things that popped out of my mouth near the end of a recent satsang here in my home was that we are like a forest, there are little trees with trunks the diameter of a few centimeters, big, leafy trees with huge trunks, and fallen logs composting back into the ground.
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The Last Time
You never know if this is going to be the last time, the last holiday season, the last menstrual period, the last trip to the mountains, the last whatever.
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Approaching the Finish Line
And now there is the brilliance - the brilliance - as things begin to reveal their inner light. And now also the shadow, no longer lurking - how everything is present without praise or apology -
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The Gravitational Pull of Love
There are privileges in life that one would not choose, given the choice. The notion of choice, itself, reveals the misidentification with oneself as a "chooser" who gets to decide the outcome of life's unfolding.
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The Everyday Miracle
I think ultimately when we first come to the teachings, we may come for comfort. Then, after a little while, the comfort wears off and we get to the hard parts. And then we go through the hard parts and get to the miracle... the everyday miracle.
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When this body goes, does This go?
The body is here and This is here - both/and...  Both you are over there and there is one alive-space of us, and the room, and the walls, and everything else...
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Making Sense of it All

Sometimes we've just got to wonder about how the world got into such a mess; or alternatively, how did I get into such a mess? Or even, upon great good fortune, how did I get so lucky? And there can be all this see-sawing back and forth between "Oh, no," and "Oh, wow."
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Mexican Generals
We were hiking down Ward Canyon, up in the mountains way away from anywhere. There is no particular trail so we were just meandering down the creek, taking in the Arizona monsoon green, the erosion damage, the wildflowers and whatnot. And the three of us were bantering back and forth about the Mexican Generals crossing the road the day before.
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Overtaken by Silence

Sometimes we are overtaken by silence. However, it may not feel like that. It may feel like indolence, or it may feel like lack of motivation, or it may feel like a hiatus, a lapse. To a well-meaning friend, it might even look like something is the matter.
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Live Like a Casserole
Somewhere in the flurry of nondual concepts, there is this notion of no doer, or as Casteneda's Don Juan says, not doing. It's not quite the same as not doing the laundry and winding up without clean clothes...or leaving a sink full of dirty dishes. Both of these are doings. It's not a question of doing nothing, because that, in itself, is doing something. If 'I' am resting, 'I' am engaged in the activity of restfulness.
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Ponderings
And so the teachings go:
"I am not my body" (or the soft version, "I am not just my body"); "I am not my mind"; "I am not my emotions"; and so forth.
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Finding our Way to Here
On the map, there are many locations. One of them is, "I want to be a saint." Another is, "I want to recognize my true self." There are countless others, like, "The world is illusion," or, "Form is emptiness, emptiness is form."
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Lunar Musings

We were so fortunate that weekend to be visiting the twins, now three years old and full of pep. It was past their bedtime and still they were racing around together outside, first to one side of the house, then around the back where we were sitting, then round the other side. On one pass, we asked, "And what did you see?" They squealed, "The Moon!" and sped off the other way. When they returned, we asked, "And what did you see?" The littler one paused, slowly gathering her reply into words, and said, smiling shyly, "The Not-Moon."
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Spring Pond Peeper Practice
Imagine it is twilight - imagine the northern woods - early spring. It is noisy with reawakening, even at bedtime. Perhaps there is a flock of northbound geese flapping and honking their way toward a lake to put down in.
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The $700 Croissant
So... it was an urban summer afternoon and only now time for a croissant at the local boulangerie to substitute for a skipped lunch, multitasking in the unfolding of an already unpredictable day.
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Upon re-entering from retreat
The most FAQ upon re-entering from retreat:
How can we bring this with us?
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What about Body Sensing Yoga?
For years, we spend time sorting out what's me and what's not me. And then, just when we think we've got all that straightened out, along comes the nondual tradition, inviting us to sense again.
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Can You Die of Beauty?
It is being such a privilege to spend this month in retreat in a cabin way up in the mountains, rising early to practice long and spending days in study and contemplation. And yet, yesterday, with an unexpected snowfall of 9 inches, the meditation cushion was abandoned, and it was on-with-the-pack-and-boots-and-out-the-door to spend the day in romp and play.
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What is a nondual retreat?
So..........what is a nondual retreat? Does that mean there are no double rooms? Can I afford a single? Or is it about getting away from my two-some? Or my two-ness? Or can I bring him/her/it/them along, too?
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Musings on the popularity of the nondual approach...
No need to relinquish chocolate
No need to relinquish skiing
No need to relinquish workaholism
No need to relinquish loafing
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Does practice make perfect?
It is an age-old practice of deciduous trees to drop their leaves in the fall. One by one the leaf stalks seal themselves away from the twig and falling happens. A little fluttering sound accompanies their practice if the rush of autumn rainstorms does not drown it out. Sometimes bearing witness to this falling event occurs. So practicing watching leaves practicing falling in the fall is just happening.
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Pathless Path?
Many traditions have a "pathless path"--some even capitalize the p’s. The phrase turns up in Catholicism, Buddhism, Zen and otherwise, in Hinduism and in other capitalized –isms.
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What is the difference between a vacation and a retreat?
A vacation is when you take a retreat from your boss.
A retreat is when you take a vacation from yourself.
If you are your own boss, then the Ultimate Reality is close at hand.
However, if you are still working for your Self, there's no end to it.
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Being For Dummies by N.E. Body
Reviewing a non-book on the subject of non-duality for the over-informed has presented certain challenges. Firstly, I have been unable to contact an author for the customary pre-publication interview.  Some candidates have responded, « It’s not me. » Others have responded, « It’s not mine » and still others, « I didn’t do it. »
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The Nondual Community Expands
Mathematicians say some infinities are bigger than other infinities. So be it. Infinity shmininity. It is what it is, or, in other words, I am that I am. Basically, it's all the same. Nothing changes in the changeless. Nevertheless, some things do get our attention. It seems that miracles still do tend to stand out, like the one wherein I had the extraordinary privilege of being invited to attend a dear friend's labour and delivery.
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Nondual approach to Swine flu
Is it possible to get through a day without hearing some new announcement about swine flu? Bombarded by media campaigns from all perspectives, the mind has an opportunity to land in any one of many points of view, for or against, fear or nonchalance, or just plain bored. If we are not our bodies, then what difference does it make? If we are not our sensations, feelings, beliefs or concepts, what kind of response is appropriate, or even necessary?
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Me and My Thoughts
What to do!? What to do!? All this thinking is driving me crazy.
It seems we are in a massive think-a-long, one thought clambering after another, some overlapping, some tripping over each other, others lagging behind and holding up the rest of the gang for a moment. The whole thought marathon is just barreling along. Sometimes there are rapid changes of direction, mid-course corrections, other times it’s just a headlong, headstrong directionless gallop.
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In Praise of Ordinariness
So here we are, just doing the daily business, whether it's called a work day, a retreat, a sabbatical, a goof-off day, or a super-intense practice day.
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On distinguishing the Roller Coaster from the Amusement Park
Here we go again, riding the roller coaster of rapid change... up the slope, over the top and plunging back down, squealing, shrieking or otherwise, as megafires devastate the landscape, massive financial insecurities sweep the planet and global political systems sclerose and transform. Who's in charge here? What's the 800 number? We'd like to report a problem. This is not how it is supposed to be... or is it?

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Joan's Only Cartoon...
Work in regress.
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The Yoga of Contradiction
What kind of lineage is this? ...... where self means no-self, where emptiness means fullness, and fullness means emptiness, or both. If you think you know, you don’t and if you don’t know, you do.
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