Author: Ashley Berry

Dear Common Ground Friends, This morning I spent some quiet moments reading and being nourished by the in particular from a book called Gone Forth, Going Beyond, which is a collection of dharma reflections by Ayy? Medh?nand?. Ayy? Medh?nand? is a …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, Is it possible for us to be fully engaged in our ordinary world of routines, responsibilities, and relationships and at the same time be free from attachment and identification? This seems like an impossible task. The …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, We assume that we are sincerely interested in reality, that our heart is sensing in a deep and clear way the way things are. But truthfully we are mostly entangled with and deluded by our mental …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, We can be hard on ourselves can’t we? We can also learn to trust and appreciate learning. Every effort that we make to cultivate a skillful relationship to experience matters. What is also true is that skillful …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, We have all heard spiritual cliches about starting over, for example, “Today is the first day of the rest of my life.” Although useful in some regard, we can often misuse self-improvement ideas by turning them …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, It has been a beautiful sunny day here in the twin cities. Even with chilly temperatures, the sun is strong and melting evidence of the winter storm earlier this week. One thing I noticed about the winter …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I find it useful to define spiritual ignorance or delusion as the tendency to think that I already know. When I think that I already know, my heart no longer opens and receives the moment in …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, One of the beautiful things about faith as a functional force in our lives as spiritual beings is that it moves us ever closer to what matters most. Faith leads us to a wise participation with life, …

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Dear Common Ground Friends, I am probably not alone in finding that it is challenging keeping the practice in mind in an ongoing way, to keep recollecting, “This is being known, it is like this now, can this be okay?” …

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Greetings Friends, If you have ever been on a retreat of any length, you know this particular form can be a powerful way of deepening intimacy with the way it is. What if we expanded the definition of retreat to include every …

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