Five Subtle Gifts of Breath Meditation

In a previous post about Andrew Weil’s instructions for breath work, I explored the “how’s” of this meditation practice. Today I’d like to focus on the “why’s” — the potential benefits. The teachers I’ve learned from — especially Shinzen Young — consistently point to five of these. 1 Breathe into peace By paying attention to … Read moreFive Subtle Gifts of Breath Meditation

Living With Ease — the Heart of the Tao te Ching

A student asked a Zen master, “How long will it take me to become enlightened?” “Seven years,” the master answered. “That’s too long,” the student replied. “How about if I try hard and put forth great effort?” “Fourteen years,” the master said. The point: We can act spontaneously and effectively in the world — without … Read moreLiving With Ease — the Heart of the Tao te Ching

Andrew Weil on the Power of Breathing

Would you like to access a mind-expanding and stress-reducing treatment — one that’s simple, safe, effective, free, and always available? You can, because it’s literally right under your nose. That treatment is breathing. In his audiobook Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing, Andrew Weil explores the subtleties of breathing. He also presents a series of … Read moreAndrew Weil on the Power of Breathing

Revisiting Werner Erhard and the Essence of est

Though often controversial and sometimes ridiculed, the Erhard Seminars Training (est) launched a body of ideas that still shapes conversations about human potential. Ask people who came of age during the 1970s about est. They might repeat stories about Werner Erhard cramming crowds of people into hotel ballrooms for long seminars, calling people assholes, and … Read moreRevisiting Werner Erhard and the Essence of est