Pause and Repeat: The Monarch Warrior

A week from today I have my second hip replacement surgery. It means tapering off autoimmune disease medication. It’s always a tricky time. Physically, my cells shift to adapt to lack. In response, my mind releases words at whim. The challenge of the sentence looms. I remember the warrior butterfly— bodhisattva— who forsakes the firm... Continue Reading →

The Knack of the Warrior

“Getting the knack of catching ourselves, of gently and compassionately catching ourselves, is the path of the warrior” (Pema Chodron). When it comes to warriors, I think of the monarch butterfly’s singular sense of solidarity. Somehow, each “knows” that a 2,500-mile migration is essential to its species survival. The monarch gives up one way of... Continue Reading →

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