For much of my writing life, I have written about spiritual practice. In fact, there’s a book out there in my future (2019?) that will attempt to pull together some of them that resonate most deeply with my particular orientation.
In these short blog posts, I’ll write more specifically about my practices, and particularly about my process around experimenting with new practices or new versions of old practices.
You’ll notice these posts, as they unfold over time, will fall into certain categories. My deepest influences around these categories are the late Daido Roshi, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery where I studied about 20 years ago, and Ken Wilber, father of modern Integral Theory.
However, the practices themselves come from a blend of teachers, living and dead, I’ve been blessed to encounter over more than four decades. More than that, though, they come from a lifetime of experimentation. One of my teachers, Vyana Bergen, passed along some deep Tantric wisdom a few years ago: “life is an experiment. Collect the data, revise the experiment, and keep running it.” So, these blog posts about practices reflect where I am in the moment I am writing about that practice, with the understanding that I may not be doing that practice by next week.
The purpose of this is not to enroll anyone in a particular practice, but to invite the reader into both the awareness of life-as-practice and the experimentation with that practice.