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 By Sal Barba    Opinion

When the cup is empty | Worship

In our ordinary life, we’re like dreamers believing that the dream we’re having is real. We think we’re awake, but we’re not. We think that this busy mind of thoughts and... — Updated 4/27/2022

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Compassionate connection | Worship

How do we connect with each other? Some individuals become resolute that they rather live quietly and distant without any interpersonal conflict. Still, others live in bitterness... — Updated 2/16/2022

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

From the shadows of despair and into our embodied wholeness | Worship

A candlelight is flickering on the mantle of my prayer alter. I am looking at a radiant full moon's light glinting off the water. It is dark outside, and sometimes it is dark on the... — Updated 1/5/2022

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Erring and erring, I walk the unerring path | Worship

What in our life have we been controlled or compelled by? We are currently controlled by a pandemic, and we are compelled to respond to the emerging rules of safety and health in a... — Updated 12/16/2020

 

What is this mind creating? l Worship

I was standing in the parking lot two weeks ago when I saw this SUV zipping through the driveway and nabbed a parking slot. I debated whether to challenge what she had executed in that zippy little maneuver. You see, she was in a... — Updated 8/8/2018 Full story

 
 By Sal Barba, PhD    Opinion

Are you present? l Worship

Most of us do not question our basic state of consciousness that we live with in our daily lives. This is a fundamental problem that most of us do not realize. Our lack of presence in our daily life is our principal problem. It is... — Updated 2/7/2018 Full story

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

From the inside out: reflections on the mind l Worship

“When man’s consciousness is restricted only to the immediate vicinity of his human self, the deeper roots of his nature do not find their permanent soil, his spirit is ever on... — Updated 12/20/2017

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Be friendly with the many parts of your mind | Worship

“When we show up, and are present to the here and now, we receive the blessings of the day!” It is a blessing to have the potential to understand what our mind is, and how it... — Updated 8/2/2017

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Study the 5 skandhas to discover your self | Worship

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices,” American philosopher William James said. “Human beings can alter their lives... — Updated 4/5/2017

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Realizing our hopelessness makes us real | Worship

Contemplative Buddhist teachings inform us that we are always at a crossroads, moment by moment. We have the choice to open the wound further or to heal the wound. What we choose... — Updated 2/1/2017 Full story

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Find yourself within a breath of silence | Worship

It is a beautiful morning. I am listening to the most heaven on Earth violin piece performed in the album “Secret Garden.” The clouds are thick and the wind gentle upon my... — Updated 7/27/2016

 

Let the wisdom of listening unfold | Worship

Do you listen to yourself? Do you listen to others: your co-worker, your beloved, your child, your pet? How do you listen? Are you often irritable? Do you want to make change happen with unrealistic expectations? To listen to that... — Updated 4/6/2016

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

Let the truth transform you into a butterfly | Worship

Once upon a time, not too long ago, there was a young man who underwent a turbulent transformation because of the tragic ending of a relationship. A week of no appetite, a loss of 2... — Updated 1/27/2016

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

The tenderness of the heart | Worship

“A blessing evokes a privileged intimacy. It touches that tender membrane where the human heart cries out to its divine ground. In the ecstasy and loneliness of one’s life,... — Updated 11/25/2015

 
 By Sal Barba    Opinion

The wisdom to know how to really listen | Worship

Some of you may have heard a dear one, or just two passing strangers say, “If he, she, or they would have just listened then…” Yet, so many of us scratch the surface on this on... — Updated 7/29/2015

 

The Buddhist path of virtue | Worship

“Morality is the vehicle for happiness, Morality is wealth and treasure. Morality is the vehicle for dispassion; thus may morality be purified.” –Ajahn Chah Recently, I came upon a rather beautiful section on virtue in Jack... — Updated 1/27/2015

 

Navigating the mind state matrix of restraint | Worship

Understanding our lives is essential to understanding the nature of our mind. We contemplate our mind in feeling, thought, sensation and action internal, external and both. When we speak of internal in most Buddhist disciplines, we... — Updated 11/19/2014

 

Our society reflects a lack of self-reliance (Part 2) | Worship

This is Part 2 of a discussion on the importance of self-reliance. If you missed Part 1, you can read it online at www.mukilteobeacon.com. I am reminded of one of many stories about unlikely circumstances where a person became... — Updated 9/3/2014

 

Our society reflects a lack of self-reliance (Part 1) | Worship

“Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the libert... — Updated 6/18/2014 Full story

 

‘Subconscious gossip’ of our awakened minds | Worship

We are not driven by distraction. We are driven by grasping, rejecting and denial. Distractions are considered our “subconscious gossip,” a phrase given by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Although there is no higher happiness than... — Updated 4/2/2014 Full story

 

Remembering to touch the ground with our feet | Weekly Worship

When mindfulness is stationed as a sentinel, A guard upon the threshold of the mind, Mental scrutiny is likewise present, Returning when forgotten or disperse.” -Shantideva Many of us seem to forget to attend to our feet as they... — Updated 1/15/2014 Full story

 

At home in our natural presence | Weekly Worship

“Whatever came from being is caught up in being, drunkenly forgetting the way back” –Rumi (quoted from Tara Brach in “True Refuge”) Where is it that we go to rest from the turbulent waves of our daily life? Many of us... — Updated 11/6/2013

 

Stepping beyond the net into the ocean of awareness

“To be intimate is to feel the silence, the space that everything is happing in.” – Adyashanti In my previous column entitled “Dominion of the heart,” I accidentally omitted one of the 5 As by David Richo. “Allowing... — Updated 9/11/2013

 

Dominion of heart, our path into sacred intimacy

In his timely book, “Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships,” John Amodeo wisely provides us with the insight and wisdom related to what we must become aware of when pursuing a spiritual life. He says,... — Updated 6/26/2013

 

A revolution in our consciousness

“All I want is the truth! Just gimme some truth!” – John Lennon In Buddhism, we aren’t attempting to examine just the physical world of phenomenon; we are trying to develop our attention to understand the nature of our... — Updated 5/8/2013

 

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