A Still Pond

During guided meditations I have often been asked to visualize a still pond and I have never quite been successful. I was always trying to see within my mind's eye a pond where the water was not moving. This past time I was on vacation I walked around a medium sized pond twice daily and I noticed that the water within the pond was never still - insects gently landed on the water, fish jumped to catch them, ducks swam and dove all about, and children tried to skip rocks. Even though the water moved the overall feeling was peaceful, quiet. Perhaps then, a still pond is not an image to force into the mind but a feeling to invite into the heart.

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Creating Cohesion Between Spiritual Practice and Parenting

While I was fortunate enough to have some great advice and association of a loving Sadhu along with the moments of clarity that followed, the hard work of integrating this advice into my life fully had hardly begun. In the weeks and months that followed I began to notice that my ideals for spiritual life and family life were falling short of where I would like them to be in practice, with perhaps the biggest challenge being how to accommodate an intelligent, willful three year old and the full range of his age-appropriate, boundary-testing behaviors.

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