Posts Tagged "freedom"


Wake Up To Your Life by Ellen May 4, 2015 I first came to a Level I workshop with the Awareness Institute (then known as the Aspire Foundation) on the advice of my meditation instructor in the Shambhala lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Although I didn’t know it at the time, and although it was not what I was “supposed” to be doing, I had for a long time been trying to use meditation as a tool for what spiritual teacher Michael Browne...

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Story Time

Story Time


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Story Time by Colleen  June 4, 2015 When I was a child, I lived for story time. I loved the chance to become immersed in the story, in the unknown- I loved the surprises that unfolded. I loved how, for a moment in time, I experienced whatever my imagination added to the words on the page. It was like a teleportation, from my little bed out into an infinite universe of possibility. As I got older, I realized I didn’t have to be read to...

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Who am I?

Who am I?


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Who am I? by Shannon May 19, 2015 This account was written while on a 6 day silent retreat on Mount Shasta with the Awareness Institute in August of 2014.   For years I’d known I had everything in the world to be grateful for: two healthy, amazing daughters, a devoted, loving husband, a lovely home, a purposeful teaching career, long-term sobriety… however, I had always lived with a persistent sense of unease, of impending doom....

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Pickaxe

Pickaxe


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Pickaxe by Annie  Originally published on November 27, 2012 I don’t remember when I first heard about “enlightenment” or “awakening,” but I know that a force bigger than my self brought me to the Awareness Institute four years ago. On the recommendation of a friend, I showed up to a one-day workshop on “Conscious Relating” hoping to resolve some of my blocks to intimacy. What I experienced was my own vulnerability in a way I’d never...

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