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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... — Updated 8/8/2018 Full story

 By Sal Barba, PhD    General

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    General

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... — Updated 12/20/2017

 By Sal Barba    General

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... — Updated 8/2/2017

 By Sal Barba    General

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... — Updated 4/5/2017

 By Sal Barba    General

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... — Updated 2/1/2017 Full story

 By Sal Barba    General

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    General

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. T... — Updated 1/27/2016

 By Sal Barba    General

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... — Updated 11/25/2015

 By Sal Barba    General

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 discov... — 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 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


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.... — Updated 3/13/2013


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... — Updated 1/23/2013


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... — Updated 9/12/2012

 By Sal Barba, PhD    General

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... — Updated 7/3/2012


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