I'm no expert practitioner, but it seems that my renewed focus on Dream Yoga is working. Extending Practice into the borderland of mind states that emerge in and out of dreams has been rewarding. It's nice to be able to sleep on the job.
In the Dream State, I did -- and I was.
Grief is rarely that easy, but thankfully, it's become easier over the years. I've had lots of help. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to attend retreats with two contemporary American Buddhist masters of a "good cry": Stephen Levine and Joanna Macy. Although the focus of their work is different (Levine serves in the field of death and dying. Macy empowers ecological activists), each of these gifted Teachers gets to the Heart of the Matter with incredible grace, insight and skill. Through periods of silent meditation, guided meditations, talks, and experiential exercises, they each have the ability to skillfully guide their retreat participants toward an experience of the Open Heart of Awareness. True spiritual elders (Macy is 85. Levine, 77), they each are able to bring the essence of the Teachings out of the Sutra books and into real, lived experiences. Through their being and the gatherings they create, they each bring the limitless energy of love, compassion and forgiveness to Life.