Author Archives: Don Salmon

Integrating contemplative practices

ESSENCE OF ALL PRACTICE: The intention to open to the presence and action of God/The Dharmadatu/Allah/a well harmonized brain functioning intuitively beyond the small self (ie surrender of the small self to a greater functioning). As Krishna puts it at … Continue reading

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A Christmas Story

This story was read aloud on the US National Public Radio show, “This American Life.” *********** Well, it all began at Christmas two years ago when my daughter was four-years-old. And it was the first time that she had ever … Continue reading

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Where is Martin Neimoller?

Televangelist Pat Robertson said Trump was a “harbinger of the Apocalypse” and the return of Jesus was imminent. “Now we have a man of God back in the White House, Jesus Christ will soon return,” said Robertson. “Sure, he’ll massacre … Continue reading

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Neuroscience and Integral Yoga

John Yates, in his book, “The Mind Illuminated,” presents a way of understanding the mind that many have found supportive of their efforts to concentrate in meditation. He’s describing two basic ways our brain has evolved to engage with the … Continue reading

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Integral Yoga and the Buddhist Stages of the Path

I was just studying John Yates’ (also known as Culadasa) marvelous book on the “stages of the path” in traditional Buddhism (the book is ‘The Mind Illuminated”). Jan and I have been looking at it, as it has a number … Continue reading

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Some reflections on mindfulness

(Jan and I just came back from a meditation retreat. On the retreat, someone we met asked for some links to websites that would provide information on scientific research on the benefits of mindfulness practice. I suppose, being on a … Continue reading

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Important new anti-materialist textbook from the American Psychological Association

This is an Amazon review by Larry Dossey: 5.0 out of 5 stars“We are in the midst of a sea change.” By Larry Dossey on September 23, 2016 Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was a kingdom … Continue reading

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Sri Aurobindo and Iain McGilchrist on intellect and intuition

Sri Aurobindo and Iain McGilchrist on intellect and intuition In a recent conversation on Auroconference (a worldwide online forum on integral yoga, for those not familiar with it) Rod Hemsell brought up an ongoing dispute between the philosopher Henri Bergson … Continue reading

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politics, neuroscience and autism

George Saunders has been following Trump around the last few months (Saunders is a writer for The New Yorker). He was just on National Public Radio (NPR) here in the US and talked about how Right and Left have gotten … Continue reading

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Comments on the Mother’s “Science of Living” and writings on Education

An aimless life is always a miserable life. Every one of you should have an aim. But do not forget that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and … Continue reading

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