Author Archives: Michael Gray

About Michael Gray

I first started studying TSK in the mid 1980's and have since attended a number of retreats and workshops at the Nyingma Institute, in both TSK and Buddhist themes. I participated in the life-changing Human Development Training Program in 1991, and upon returning to Albuquerque co-founded an organization, Friends in Time (with a friend who has Lou Gehrig's Disease), which continues to serve people with similiar disabilities. I contributed an essay to "A New Way of Being"--the last one in the book--in which I describe how learning to honor who I have been has broadened and deepened my openness to present experience. I live in New Mexico with my wife and two sons.

Nature, Nurture and the Flickering Flame

We’re all born into circumstances and for our entire lives our experience is thwarted or facilitated by those circumstances. The twin influences of nature and nurture (what we were born with and what we receive after that) both contribute to … Continue reading

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At One with Nature

Who doesn’t want to live naturally? Yet, less than natural calls to action tend to drown out a quieter voice urging us to live in balance within ourselves and with our environment. Our environment is a counterpart to an inner … Continue reading

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Here, Above and Below

It seems that at every level—both seen and unseen—a few shapes and patterns are repeated. That could be due to (especially in regard to the unseen levels) my applying the interpretations I’ve adopted to deal with ordinary life to other … Continue reading

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Appreciating our Vehicle

I’ve often wondered why some men lavish such care on their cars. There it sits in the driveway, every panel, window, bumper and wheel gleaming in the sun. And when the engine is turned over you can be sure it … Continue reading

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Just Going Through a Phase

Have you ever noticed that you can’t divide the seven days of a week into two equal parts? I water the lawn twice a week during the summer months and my sprinkler system, which knows about minutes, hours, days, weeks, … Continue reading

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Love Letter to the Present Moment

I wish you were here. It’s hard to really enjoy myself without you. I try to be open to your presence but my mind keeps wandering amid hopes and disappointments. I’ve been meditating every day—30 minutes in the morning, 15 … Continue reading

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It is Good to Receive

We hear that it’s better to give than to receive, and my experience is that when I give of myself the world feels friendlier. Last night, driving to a restaurant (in retrospect I must have been distracted by life and … Continue reading

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Whither Saileth the Rain?

When rain falls, the gutters run. If it rains for a while, the lawns perk up, the trees drink, the gutters reach out to the nearby Rio Grande, and water brings a spirit of rejuvenation and growth to the land. … Continue reading

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Reaching the Great Water

I have been influenced by a way of looking at life—my life, all of life—that hovers beyond words and concepts, even while it nourishes me. Perhaps I’ve already lost anyone who wandered in looking for a pick-me-up or an open … Continue reading

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Another Dawning

This morning, I skimmed through my journal entries since late November last year. I was looking for something that could start me on a blog for this week. But all I found was evidence that my days are an ebb … Continue reading

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