Embodied Life Newsletters - 2017

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Russell Delman's Newsletter Archive for 2017

January 2017
Reflections on Meditation for World Peace and Social Justice part 1

Meditating for 10 hours in a day is challenging, exhilarating, boring and fulfilling. Some moments flow and some create discomfort, and like most other people, I sometimes experience unpleasant bodily sensations, random thoughts and a variety of feelings. In this writing, I will share some... (read more)

January 2017
Reflections on Meditation for World Peace and Social Justice part 2

In Part 1 of this writing about the all-day Meditation for World Peace and Social Justice, I focused on the structure of the day, the general intention, and some of my learning. In this writing, I will focus on the Dedications that are read each hour and their deeper meaning for... (read more)

February 2017
The Fierce Urgency of NOW

Having Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday celebration, the same week as Donald Trump's inauguration was a head spinner and a wake-up call. The contrast between these two men could not be greater. As MLK says in another context when speaking about human values and the tenuous morality in the... (read more)

March 2017
Polishing the Diamond

I find the phrase "polishing the diamond", can help us to recall the diamond-like clarity of our nature. We also are acknowledging that while this pure, natural quality of Being can never be destroyed or defiled by our confusion, fears and egotism, it can become obscured by... (read more)

April 2017
For Feldenkrais Teachers (and others interested in understanding The Embodied Life teachings)

When Rabbi Mordechai's son Rabbi Noah took over after his death, the disciples noticed that he did many little things differently. When asked about this Rabbi Noah said, "I do things just as my father did, he did not imitate and I do not imitate". From Moshe I received many blessings for... (read more)

May 2017
Acknowledging and Exploring Privilege

Over the last few years my daughter Liliana, who works in the field of social justice and diversity, has been helping me to deepen my understanding of the systemic societal inequities in which we are immersed. Becoming conscious of the inherent privileges that are sewn into the... (read more)

June 2017
The Encouragement of Light #2

Life knows Life THROUGH human beings like you and me. From an evolutionary perspective 1) inert matter became alive, capable of reproducing itself, 2) life became sentient, capable of feeling, 3) sentient life became conscious with beginning capacities for caring and... (read more)

August 2017
Reflections About Indentity: The Dangers and Importance of Self-Identities

What is the cause of violence in this world? Looking broadly at both personal and international events, some kind of limited, partial self-identity is at the root of most violence. By identity, I am conflating a broad range of categories: those fixed at... (read more)

October 2017
Standing on One Foot: The Essence of The Embodied Life™

The following is a well-known Talmudic tale beloved by Moshe Feldenkrais involving two famous rabbis: A non-Jewish man approached Rabbi Shammai and said to him: "Convert me but first teach me the entire Torah as I stand on one foot." Shammai, feeling that he was not serious, sternly... (read more)

Novemeber 2017
Reflections on Forgivness

To paraphrase Gautama Buddha, "when we create thoughts of vengeance, blame and anger, two beings are poisoned and the one generating these thoughts eats the poison first." Blame is accusing others for our current... (read more)

Novemeber 2017
Embodied Meditation

Embodied Meditation has its roots in the Zen practice called Shikantaza or "just sitting". The main intention is to become intimate with our experience of being alive in the present moment. Rather than "mind control, the emphasis is on a gentle orientation... (read more)

Novemeber 2017
Reflections from All-Day Meditation

For seven years, I have been sharing a practice in which we meditate continuously for many hours. Last Sunday, the day consisted of two, five-hour periods of sitting and walking meditation, dedicated in gratitude, to our oneness with the earth. People ask me, why ten hours in a... (read more)

Novemeber 2017
Intimate with this One Precious Life

I don't know! Somewhere between: "It is all too much" and "Just say 'yes'!"  A cry rings out: Earthquakes, Fires, Floods, Hurricanes  How do the birds sing? After bows this morning  dawn subtly shimmers, a gray-white light  Each breath a... (read more)

December 2017
Morning-Meditation-Practice: Cultivating 6 Essential Virtues in these Challenging Times

In the previous newsletter, I introduced a new practice for 2018 in which we will focus on 6 virtues or qualities that are essential for developing our humanity. For the morning meditation, my commitment and invitation is to practice for 6 uninterrupted hours of sitting and walking meditation, from 6:00 am to 12:00pm. As always, you are... (read more)

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