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Entries in Journeys (4)


Journeys: Putting on My Oxygen Mask

Illustration by Kim Scafuro

What is it I resist about taking care of my mother? It’s not just the actual tasks involved—it’s the whole idea. It’s giving up my own stuff to do hers; giving up my own time to be with her; continually giving up my own needs to satisfy hers.

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Off the Bridge and Onto the Cushion

Practice, for me, began on the Dunlavy Bridge that spans eight lanes of traffic on US-59 in Houston, Texas. Several stories above eighteen-wheelers and commuter Saabs, I grabbed the railing and considered jumping, suspended in the late-afternoon light that sifted through chemical fumes and flashed off of windshields below. At the thought of free fall, the ache I’d been carrying in my chest and in my gut for months weakened.

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Journeys: A Glimmer of Dharma

Illustration by Hadley Hooper

As I sit in my cell in the Corcoran Security Housing Unit, I see with unwelcome clarity that I will most likely never leave these confines, these fortressed walls of time.

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Journeys: What About My Retreat?

Illustration by Kim Scafuro

When my teacher, Karma Yeshe Wangpo, told me that he would be happy to teach a weekend retreat if I organized it, I was thrilled. At this point in my life, I had been medi- tating for just over two years. I would finally be attending my first retreat.

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