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Category: Three Questions

An Introduction to Postures of Dignity

In Three Questions, we often reference the quote, “The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is undiminished by the indifference of others.” Written by Dag Hammarskjold, this definition of dignity affirms that genuine dignity is independent of external validation. This internal, self-existing quality of dignity is similar to certain concepts in…
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Spleen + Stomach Integration: Knowing and Nourishing Our Ground

In the Spleen and Stomach practices, we are working with acknowledge the ground of our being and identity, and then how we nourish and sustain that ground. The ground of our being begins with our inheritance from the people who surrounded as we were growing up — our genetic inheritance from our parents and how…
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The Stomach: Giving and Receiving Generously

One of my favorite talks on generosity is Nipun Mehta’s speech to the UPenn 2012 graduating class. In it Mehta recounts his and his wife’s decision to go on a walking pilgrimage through India six months after their wedding. Beginning at Mahatma Gandhi’s ashram they walked south through India, budgeting a dollar a day for…
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The Spleen: Cultivating Soil

The Spleen and Stomach are associated with the element of earth; the Liver and Gallbladder were wood, and the Kidney and Bladder, water. If we think about our journey in these terms, we started with a tree: a visible manifestation of many principles working together. The health of a tree is tied to its environment,…
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The Spleen + Stomach: Working with and Feeding Our Center

The Spleen and Stomach practice continues our exploration of what influences our ability to achieve our aims in life. In February, the Kidney and Urinary Bladder gave us insight into our capacity for creativity — how we address challenges — and our letting go of judgment and self-doubt. In March, we look at our sense…
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Kidney + Urinary Bladder Integration: Seeing (and Overcoming) Barriers to Our Action

This and subsequent months of practice are focused on developing our insight on how and why we limit ourselves. The Kidney and Bladder practice is the first of several layers of our mental and emotional tendencies. As you move forward in practice, you can encourage yourself to honest and kind with what comes up for…
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(Urinary) Bladder: Letting Go of Unhelpful Thoughts and Emotions

These narratives and storylines are the “mental waste” that we associate with the clearing and removing quality of the Bladder. In particular, we assign to the Bladder the capacity for recognizing these storylines so that we can relax (as in the third question) and refocus our efforts. In the Western medical model, the kidneys are…
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Kidney: Relating to Our Capacity for Creativity

The power of the Kidney sustains the spark generated by the Gallbladder (the Captain of the Armies). The Captain provides only the initial encouragement; from there, we have to continuously and creatively relate to our situation as we find it. The General also relies on the creativity of the Kidney to adapt to circumstance. As…
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The Kidney + Bladder: Creativity and Working with Self-Doubt and Jealousy

In Three Questions, each month of practice after January deepens our awareness of ourselves, and helps us to understand the factors that influence our previous layers of awareness. In January we focused on our capacity to plan and to rouse our energy and courage to enact our plan. Now we turn our attention to our…
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Liver + Gallbladder Integration: The Courage to Act

Ultimately the strength of the Liver and Gallbladder is a reflection of our confidence in ourselves, which can arise, simultaneously, from our willingness to study our terrain and environment, and our willingness to continuously arouse courage when conditions change (as they will). In this sense we combine expertise with the lived wisdom of experience, learning…
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