Writings

Visit Russell Delman's Archive of articles, guided meditations, and general guidance for living in presence. Russell Delman's Embodied Life™ Newsletter goes back to 2011 and is a virtual treasure trove of spiritual and practical information. The wisdom in these writings will not only help the teachers and healers that Russell has taught but anyone looking for a fresh perspective on how to live an Embodied Life™.

Russell Delman's Most Recent Writings

January 15, 2021
Awareness and 'Awakened' Democracy

True democracy requires free minds...(read more)

January 7, 2021
Further Reflections on January 6

During a long walk after writing my "Epiphany reflections", something inside was feeling incomplete...(read more)

January 6, 2021
Epiphany

The startling events in the U.S. capital yesterday inspire me to connect with you and share a few words...(read more)

December 24, 2020
Prayers for the Coming Year: Celebrating Dark and Light

Through tears and laughter: may we emerge...(read more)

November 24, 2020
Thankfulness, Sorrow and Complexity

Growing up, my family was not too big on celebrations...(read more)

November 11, 2020
Personal Reflections on the Election: Awakening Humanity and Moving Beyond Labels

I was surprised that so many friends and students from Europe wrote with joy, relief and hopefulness about the results of the presidential election...(read more)

October 1, 2020
Reflections on Living in these Wild Times

We are all affected by the conditions of our planet - the pandemic, the environmental/climatic upheavals, the social/economic strife...(read more)

July 9, 2020
Remembering Love: The Hard Work of Correcting Anti-Love Forces

Once again, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. rocks my world with his energizing words: ....(read more)

June 23, 2020
From Dominance/Oppression to Awareness/Love: Reflections on Anti-Racism

The Embodied Life teachings focus on exploring our inner tyrannies that interfere with our true nature as loving, caring beings.... (read more)

June 9, 2020
Grieving Body, Questioning Mind, Hopeful Heart

Graphically witnessing the racist violence perpetuated by people in power brings so much grieving. ..... (read more)

June 2, 2020
Celebrating and Mourning

"The great gifts of life can only be experienced through opening our hearts to 'what is'". ..... (read more)

June 1, 2020
Screaming and Bowing

We live in two worlds that are ultimately one world - the everyday life of linear time, ..... (read more)

March 13, 2020
Living with Uncertainty: Reflecting on COVID-19

We are part of an intricate, complex, fantastically interconnected web of Life..... (read more)

March 2, 2020
On Life, Death, Love and the Embodiment

In this moment, I want to celebrate the great gift of embodiment AND wholeheartedly embrace the impermanence of this body. .... (read more)

December 30, 2019
With Deep Gratitude: Remembering Ram Das

My friend and icon of the New Age, Ram Das, aka Dr. Richard Alpert, died last week. He strongly influenced two eras of my life .... (read more)

December 23, 2019
Remembering Innocence: A Christmas Wish

A Child is Born. She might have been two weeks old or even two months. Hard to tell from the tiny hand idly touching her mother's hair or the tender foot sticking out from the blanket. .... (read more)

November 2, 2019
The Liberating and Healing Effects of Spatial Awareness

Hearing the term "spatial awareness", many think that it is somewhat esoteric, with little practical value.... (read more)

June 13, 2019
The Ground of the Heart

The Embodied Life work is based on cultivating Awareness in every day life... (read more)

May 28, 2019
Homage to the 60's and Looking Forward- How Love and Freedom are a Lighthouse in Modern Times

Coming of age in the 60's when inner and outer revolutionary thought and action was in the air. .... (read more)

January 16, 2019
Shinzo-Ever-Intimate: From Intimacy to Meaningfulness

What does it mean to be intimate with our life? In many ways this is the essence of Zen. .... (read more)

October 10, 2018
Interview - Alternative and Complementary Therapies

Q: What is the connection between embodiment and freedom? Russell Delman: Understanding this connection goes toward the essence .... (read more)

September 20, 2018
First World Problems and 'Non-Comparing Mind'

Early in my Feldenkrais practice I was confounded by a paradoxical observation about pain and suffering. Sometimes I would work with someone who was struggling to regain function after a debilitating stroke or some other life-altering situation. .... (read more)

April 12th, 2018
OPEN MOMENT MEDITATION: Reflections on the infinite possibility of the arising moment ( originally from February 2008 newsletter)

She was about 45 years old and claimed that she could not meditate. She had tried a few times in the past but meditation was impossible for her because her mind was just too busy. I asked her if she thought meditation was a form of mind control. She said "of course".... (read more)

March 28th, 2018
Freedom Through Awareness (and Limitation)

One of the frequent phrases attached to The Embodied Life teachings is "Freedom Through Awareness". Rather than a philosophical idea, freedom here suggests the possibility of new behavior, and fresh responses to familiar situations.... (read more)


January 1st, 2018
Morning Meditation Practice: Cultivating 6 Essential Virtues in these Challenging Times

In the previous newsletter, I introduced a new practice for 2018 in which we will focus on 6 virtues or qualities that are essential for developing our humanity. For the morning meditation, my commitment and invitation is to practice for 6 uninterrupted hours of sitting and walking meditation, from 6:00 am to 12:00pm. As always, you are... (read more)


November 2017
Reflections on Forgivness

To paraphrase Gautama Buddha, "when we create thoughts of vengeance, blame and anger, two beings are poisoned and the one generating these thoughts eats the poison first." Blame is accusing others for our current... (read more)

November 2017
Embodied Meditation

Embodied Meditation has its roots in the Zen practice called Shikantaza or "just sitting". The main intention is to become intimate with our experience of being alive in the present moment. Rather than "mind control, the emphasis is on a gentle orientation... (read more)

November 2017
Reflections from All-Day Meditation

For seven years, I have been sharing a practice in which we meditate continuously for many hours. Last Sunday, the day consisted of two, five-hour periods of sitting and walking meditation, dedicated in gratitude, to our oneness with the earth. People ask me, why ten hours in a... (read more)

November 2017
Intimate with this One Precious Life

I don't know! Somewhere between: "It is all too much" and "Just say 'yes'!"  A cry rings out: Earthquakes, Fires, Floods, Hurricanes  How do the birds sing? After bows this morning  dawn subtly shimmers, a gray-white light  Each breath a... (read more)


October 2017
Standing on One Foot: The Essence of The Embodied Life™

The following is a well-known Talmudic tale beloved by Moshe Feldenkrais involving two famous rabbis: A non-Jewish man approached Rabbi Shammai and said to him: "Convert me but first teach me the entire Torah as I stand on one foot." Shammai, feeling that he was not serious, sternly... (read more)


August 2017
Reflections About Indentity: The Dangers and Importance of Self-Identities

What is the cause of violence in this world? Looking broadly at both personal and international events, some kind of limited, partial self-identity is at the root of most violence. By identity, I am conflating a broad range of categories: those fixed at... (read more)


June 2017
The Encouragement of Light

Life knows Life THROUGH human beings like you and me. From an evolutionary perspective  1) inert matter became alive, capable of reproducing itself, 2) life became sentient, capable of feeling, 3) sentient life became conscious with beginning capacities for caring and... (read more)


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