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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 hurry to get to a... Full story


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 what psychology... Full story

 By Sal Barba    General    December 20, 2017

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 the brink of starvation, and in the place of healthful strength he...

 By Sal Barba    General    August 2, 2017

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 functions through our skandhas. We cannot untangle the self without...

 By Sal Barba    General    April 5, 2017

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 by altering their attitudes of mind…” We all know that we have a...

 By Sal Barba    General    February 1, 2017

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 will impact one’s self, others, our planet, our global community and... Full story

 By Sal Barba    General    July 27, 2016

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 face, as I gaze at the...


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 someone before “u...

 By Sal Barba    General    January 27, 2016

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 20 pounds, and no optimistic view for the future. The loss was so prof...

 By Sal Barba    General    November 25, 2015

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, there are certain times when blessing is nearer to us than any other...

 By Sal Barba    General    July 29, 2015

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 one. If we are honest with ourselves, we will discover upon reflection...


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 Kornfeld's book,...


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 are referring to r...


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 I am reminded of one of many stories about unlikely circumstances where a person became “undone” and a...


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 liberty and the culture o... 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 peace, we must... 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 carry us one step... 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 make numerous attempts...


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” is one of the 5 As...


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, “When our pursuit of...


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 mind, and its...


Is it all inside of your head?

“I am just an ordinary person like you, but I live in the world awake!” – Mahatma Gandhi One of the world’s first great psychologists was the Buddha, who often said that he taught only one thing: suffering and its release. Good psychological...


The path of the mind is a mixed bag

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson These are challenging times. Therefore, it helps to remind ourselves that any spiritual path taken is going to...


Have you arrived yet?

Living in the 21st century challenges us to learn to manage the variety of information we receive in our daily life. We live at an accelerated rate completely dependent upon our electronic toys. How often have you been driving in your vehicle and...

 By Sal Barba, PhD    General    July 3, 2012

Mind fields of desire: Part 2

"Among body, speech, and mind, the mind is all-creating” – Alan Wallace What does this mean, "the mind is all-creating"? What is it that we actually observe when observing anything that arises in nature? We see phenomena through our five physical...


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